The provincial cup hopes of two more local teams bit the dust after they exited this year’s Leinster Junior Cup.
The Lions were the biggest casualties, suffering an 8-0 hammering at the hands of Woodview Celtic in Louth.
Callan United were also badly beaten, going down away to Navan Cosmos. A Tony Delaney goal meant they were all square at 1-1 at the break, but the Meath men rattled off five goals after the restart to settle the tie.
There was an upset in Kilkenny as well as Freshford Town, a crack team in last year’s cup competitions, were undone 5-1 by Hartstown-Huntstown.
Newpark arrested the slump, but had to show their nerve to get the better of visitors Valley Park United at Buckley Park.
After a tough game, which ended scoreless, the Kilkennymen beat the Dubliners 4-1 on penalties.
Evergreen rolled out the welcome mat for a former League colleague, but showed little charity as they beat St Pat’s Boys 3-0 on the Kells Road.
Pat’s, who rejoined the Carlow League after several seasons in Kilkenny, were no match for the organised Evergreen team on Sunday.
Sent on their way by Sean Barcoe, Daragh Walshe made it 2-0 for the city side before a deft lob from Conor English wrapped up a 3-0 result and their place in round three.
Freebooters also advanced to the next round, but had a much easier task than any of their local rivals. The Blues were given a walkover after Straffan failed to travel to the Fair Green for their fixture.
In the local leagues Tullaroan were big winners in Division One, as they handed Thomastown United B a 5-1 beating. Brendan Burke and Ger Brennan grabbed a brace apiece with C.J. Delaney also getting on the scoresheet for the hosts, who moved to third in the table. Brookville are still top of the Division One table, but lost their 100% record after a 2-2 draw with Stoneyford United.
The result was enough to help the Ballyragget side open up a three-point lead on second-placed Freshford Town. The point was just as valuable for Stoney, as it allows them to open a gap on Thomastown United B, Fort Rangers and Newpark B.
Freebooters B kept their hopes of a swift return to Division One alive when they beat Bridge United B 3-1 in Goresbridge on Sunday.
Two goals from Damien Raggett and one from Ricky Dunne did the trick for the Blues, who moved three points clear of Deen Celtic at the top of the Division Two table.
The gap was created after Deen slipped up at home to St Mary’s, going down 3-2 to their visitors.
Deen made something of a dream start, striking early on through John Doheny and Jamie Holohan to take a firm grip on the game.
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, it might have looked as if the Saints were sunk - but Mary’s weren’t finished. Second half goals from Martin Boki, former Celt Damien Knox and Richie Drennan saw the city side turn the tables on their hosts and bring all three points home.
There were goals galore in Division Three. Martin Doyle netted a treble as Castlewarren Celtic beat bottom-placed Brookville B 5-2, while Jason Delaney’s hat-trick helped St John’s beat Thomastown United B 4-2.
That result was enough to keep them at the top of the table, level on points with Highview Athletic and Castlewarren Celtic. Elsewhere Clover Utd B and Ballacolla shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Finally, a five-star performance saw Thomastown United roar into the final four of the Maher Shield at the expense of Fort Rangers.
The battle of the local rivals didn’t take long to ignite, Marty Lawrence taking just four minutes to give the hosts the lead. Sean Brennan made it 2-0 for United, before Lawrence made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time. Lawrence completed his hat-trick in the second half, with Michael O’Neill capping a fine team performance with a fifth goal from the penalty spot late on.
The last semi-final spot will be filled this weekend, when Stoneyford United play host to Ormonde Villa.
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