Sweet 16 as North End go goals crazy
TAKE A bow North End United.
United Celtic stood between them and a place in the second round of the Leinster Junior Cup, and the Wexford side absolutely blasted their opponents out of the water, smashing a sweet 16 past them on Sunday.
Kyle Dempsey, Jason Murphy and Adam Geary landed the majority of those efforts, with the trio netting an astonishing five, four and three goals respectively. Andy Moore helped himself to a double, while Alan Murphy and Gareth McCurtain chipped in with singles.
North End weren't the only Wexford club to enjoy a fruitful weekend in the provincial competition though, with over ten sides from the sunny south-east advancing to the second round.
One of those sides was Campile United. They welcomed Wicklow club Enniskerry YC to Tom O'Neill Park and they scraped past the Garden county side thanks to a last-gasp winner.
The visitors opened the scoring through Ronan Walsh. United hit back and then went ahead either side of the halftime break, only to be pegged back by Seán Cleary 15 minutes from time.
But there was to be a final twist in the tale and it saw the hosts progress through to the next round. Scorers for Campile were Johnny Keating (2) and Adam Banville.
Curracloe United will also be in the mix-up for the next stage. Dubliners Leicester Celtic were the opposition for the River Field side and a Killian Connor double and Eoin Parker effort guided them to a 3-2 win.
A 3-2 scoreline also provided a happy ending for Bunclody FC. Dublin was the destination for the Premier Division side and they returned home from the capital with second round in their sights.
Barry Mernagh, Chris Atkinson and Tom Byrne were all on target for the Church Road men.
Elsewhere at Neil O'Sullivan Park, Enniscorthy romped to a 3-0 triumph over Kilkenny club Callan United. Mick Rigley (2) and Glen Fortune were both on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Shamrock Rovers also struck three times as they earned a 3-1 victory against Wexford rivals Rosslare Rangers. Emmet Quirke bagged a brace for Rovers at Father Murphy Park. Eamon O'Brien also fired in an effort.
Dunmain was the scene of a seven-goal thriller that saw St. Leonards edge past East End United. Strikes from Walter Cosgrave (2), Fintan Ryan and Nicky Cahill put United to the sword.
Two ties last weekend were decided by the heartbreak of a penalty shoot-out.
Kildare outfit Monasterevein were the visitors to Good Counsel College to take on New Ross Town and the duo found themselves deadlocked at 2-2 at the end of both 90 minutes and extra-time.
But New Ross were left reeling when they were pipped by their visitors who sealed a 4-2 win from spot kicks.
And Cushinstown also fell foul in a battle of nerves when they exited the completion after suffering an 8-7 shoot-out loss at the hands of Pioneers FC. The match had ended at three goals apiece before going to penalties.