Hot-shot Vaughan fires Freshford through

The red-hot form of Eoin Vaughan shows no signs of cooling down as Freshford Town marched on in the FAI Junior Cup.

The red-hot form of Eoin Vaughan shows no signs of cooling down as Freshford Town marched on in the FAI Junior Cup.

Vaughan struck twice as Freshford came from behind to beat St Pat’s Boys in Woodsgift.

Having fallen behind Vaughan drew his side level when he got on the end of Stephen Mahony’s cross and made it 1-1 before the break. He took just five second half minutes to grab his second, going on a great surge before a cool finish beat the Boys, who ended with nine men.

A goal in either half from David Grincell sent Evergreen on their way away to Mullingar Town. The visitors were in flying form, sealing the win when Brian Jordan bagged a third goal.

Freebooters also advanced after making short work of Courtown Hibs. The Blues took control inside 30 minutes thanks to Aaron Molloy, Dessie Hayes doubling the lead on half-time. Always in control, they wrapped up the spoils when Nathan West added a third with a penalty - his third in eight days - 10 minutes from time.

Elsewhere the Fort Rangers v Arklow Town game was called off as weather played havoc, while on Saturday night Willow Park showed no mercy as they walloped Callan United 11-0.

Having bowed out of the FAI Junior Cup away to Callan United, Deen Celtic kept their name in the hat of another competition as they won their rearranged Leinster Junior Cup game against Stoneyford.

A Shaun Holden header got them off the mark in Stoneyford on Sunday morning, a lead they doubled when Holden added his second minutes after half-time. On a day to remember Holden went on to complete his hat-trick against Celtic’s Division One rivals, before Richie Lynch and Robbie Brennan booked a meeting with Mullingar Athletic in round three.

On the local front braces for Michael O’Neill and Paul Murphy saw East End United beat the Lions in a seven-goal Premier Division showdown in Durrow.

Lions are rooted to the bottom of the table with one win from their seven games played. East End have moved above the Durrow men, Fort Rangers and Evergreen B.

Sunday’s result also saw East End complete the double over the Lions (they beat them 2-0 in August) - the only team they’ve beaten in the league this season.

In Division One Spa United showed their spirit as they fought back to earn a point at home to Southend.

The visitors made a great start when Pauric Gahan gave them a 10th minute lead. Things got better when Joey Gahan made it 2-0 after 40 minutes, but Spa weren’t finished. Jason Moore pulled a goal back on 55, Tadas Maliuka levelling matters 10 minutes later to frustrate Southend.

Spa’s lead at the top of the pile has stretched to five points after Tullaroan beat second-placed Newpark B 1-0 in the city. The game marks a change in form for Tullaroan, who have taken seven points from a possible nine.

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