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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Duncannon are sent packing by Tombrack

TOMBRACK CAUSED the big shock of the day in the Aircon Mech Wexford Cup second round when seeing off Premier Division side Duncannon.

The seasiders may be languishing at the foot of the top flight but would have been expected to overcame the challenge of Tombrack, who ply their trade in Division 3, the fifth tier of the local leagues.

The Division 3 high-flyers won 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, with Brian Byrne, Daragh Hendrick and Martin Hayden converting their spokkicks and goalkeeper Mark McDermott saving two.

Richie O'Hara got the two goals for the winners during the game to set up the biggest win in the club's history, while Martin Nolan and Emmet Dunning got on the scoresheet for Duncannon.

Shamrock Rovers were another Premier Division outfit that were given a stern test on Sunday, but survived against a spirited Shelburne outfit, winning 3-2 after extra-time.

Martin McKeown, Marty Kelly and Seán Wildes scored for the Enniscorthy men, with John Connick and Mark Dunphy replying for the Division 2A side.

Top flight outfit Park Hotspur were also put to the pin of their collar to overcome lower division opposition, but they prevailed when seeing off New Ross Town 3-2 after extra-time. Gary Cousins, Peter Marsden and Lee Wadding scored for the Wexford town side, with Paul Rossiter and Johnny Murphy replying for Ross Town.

Premier Division champions New Ross Celtic has no such worries however, comfortably overcoming the challenge of Caim United 7-1 with doubles from Paul Phelan, Mark Lee and Robert Farrell and a goal from Damien 'Fee' Cullen, while Ferns United also had a straightforward passage to round three, beating Adamstown B 5-1.

Adamstown's first team kept the flag flying for the club by beating St. Leonards B 5-0 with goals from Liam Moore (2), Daithí White, Alan Bradley and Ciarán Finn, while Forth Celtic were too strong for Castledockrell, winning 4-0.

North End United had little trouble in negotiating their way past Bunclody B, winning 6-1 with goals from Alan Murphy (2), Darren Browne (2), Trevor Berry and Jason Murphy, with Aidan Byrne grabbing a consolation for Bunclody (see focus match).

Fastnet Rovers B took a leaf out of Tombrack's book and got in on the giant-killing act, with a 43 extra-time win over Ajax Athletic. The Enniscorthy side may be propping up Division 1 but would have been firm favourites to overcome their Division 4A opponents.

Richie Walsh, P.J. Fanning, Liam Murphy and Craig Power got the goals for the Rathangan men.

Kilmore United booked their place in the third round with a 2-0 win over Crossabeg, with Joey Colfer and Darren Naughton getting the goals, while Gorey Celtic C edged out Cloughbawn B 4-3 on penalites after playing out a 0-0 stalemate.

Moyne Rangers have now scored 25 goals in three matches, following up 10-0 and 8-1 wins with a 7-0 demolition job on Wexford Bohs B on Sunday. Dylan Redmond got a hat-trick, Pa O'Rourke netted a double and Daithí O'Mahoney and James Peare rowed in with a goal apiece for the Enniscorthy side.

Moyne's second string also progressed, however they were made to work much harder, seeing off Campile United B 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw. John Timmons, Seán Hegarty and Ciarán O'Connor scored for Moyne, with Lorcan O'Brien grabbing a double and Johnny Whitty netting the other goal for the visitors.

Shamrock Rovers B hit Ballindaggin for six without reply, with Thomas Thorpe netting a hattrick, Willie Dobbs adding a double and Pa Dobbs getting their other goal, while Gorey Rangers B went one better, beating Tombrack B 7-0 with goals from Craig Christie (3), Lee Kinsella, Shane Hogan, Damian Nakinski and Pedro Timmins.

Keith Kearney and Garry O'Brien both bagged doubles for Stoney Rovers as they ovecame St. Michael's 4-2, while All Blacks B beat Rosslare Port by the same scoreline, with Mark Corish and Mick Walsh scoring for Port.

Wexford Bohs earned the bragging rights when proving much too strong for local rivals Wexford Celtic, recording a thumping 6-0 win with goals from Jay Swords (3), Eddie Lawlor (2) and Alan Flood, while Wexford Celtic's second string were also out of luck, losing 7-6 on penalties to Forth Celtic B after a 1-1 draw.

Rosslare Rangers got the better of Raheen 3-1 with goals from Paul Culleton, Mick Burke and Oscar Pitt, and North End B sprang a surprise by seeing off St. Cormac's 2-0 with goals from Ger Beary and Adam Lawlor (penalty).

Gorey Rangers beat Rathnure 7-3 in an eventful tie. Rangers raced into a 3-0 lead in just seven minutes but Rathnure levelled matters by halftime before the Gorey side pulled away in the second-half. Emmet Gregan was the star of the show for the Gorey side with five goals while Adam Territt-King added a double.

Taghmon United comfortably overcame Courtown Hibs B 5-0, while Corach Ramblers notched a 4-1 win over Bridge Rovers C. The Castlebridge side took a surprise lead through James Dooley but Ramblers fought back well with Ciarán O'Connor (2), Niall Harney and John Sinnott getting on the scoresheet.

Bridge Rovers' first and second teams had better luck, however, with the A side emphatically seeing off Ajax Athletic B 7-0 with a hat-trick from Kevin Murphy (3), Bill Goucher (2), Colin Redmond and Derek Walsh, and the B team beating Blackwater 1-0 thanks to a John Ryan strike.

Their neighbours, Curracloe United, also had a profitable day, beating St. Joseph's 5-1 with doubles from Killian Connor and Mark O'Connor and a single from Paddy Doyle.

Campile registered a 5-3 win over Boolavogue with goals from Ciarán Deely, Graham Howlin, Dylan Mernagh and Paddy Murphy (2), with Mark McDonagh and Gary Gleeson (2) replying for the losers.