By Justin Burke
Premier side Duleek beat their Division 2 opponents Abbey Celtic by 4-1. Anto Kelly scored a brace for Duleek which was complimented by strikes from Joey Martin and Junior Francisco, while Martin Kelly grabbed a consolation goal for Celtic. In one of the night’s major upsets Division 2 outfit Johnstown FC hammered Premier side Longwood AFC by 4-0. Kacper Zberek scored twice, with Aaron Kavanagh and Alan Burke completing the rout for the visitors.
The Navan Cosmos made easy work of Torro United with a 7-1 victory; Lee Duffy and Lar Ivers each scored a hat trick, with Conor Walsh also getting in on the act. Toro’s Andy Tolan prevented a clean sweep. In another high-scoring game Newfoundwell beat Black Bull by 6-2. Kyle Dyer netted a hat trick, Ciaran Carroll a brace, with Stephen Keeley scoring the sixth. Chris Ward scored both of Black Bull’s goals.
Navan Town through goals from Donal Callan, Cathal Smith, Adrain Dowdall and Dave Gavin beat Robinstown FC by 4-1. Brian Bereton’s penalty proved Robinstown’s sole score. In a far closer contest Trim Celtic AFC won by 2-1 against Athboy Celtic. James Goggins and Dimmy Higgins scored for Trim, with Ryle Nugent pulling one back for Athboy.
Omp United and Fordrew Rovers played out a 1-1 draw. Michael Brennan gave Omp the lead before Kevin McAvinchey levelled the tie 23 minutes from the end. Goals from Sean Conlon, Padraig Smith and Ryan Dillon gave Muirhevnamor a 3-0 win over Newtown.
Boyne Harps ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in their clash with Lourdes Celtic. The Premier side’s four goals were provided by Barry McDonnell (2), Mark Malloca and Darren Hoey, and Greg Fahy grabbed one for Celtic. In the biggest landslide of the round Quay Celtic beat Bailieboro Celtic by a whopping 11-0. The scorers were: Mark Savage(4), Barry Walsh (2), Barry Carr, Barry McKenna, TJ Murtagh, Derek Moran and an O.G. for good measure.
Not too far behind Quay were Rock Celtic, who thumped Cavan Town by 8-2. Rock, last year’s finalists, had too much firepower for their division 2 counterparts, with goals from David Ward (4), Michael Osobe (2), added to by Derek Delaney and Ger McSorley, only slightly offset by strikes from Tony Pryce and Michael Doheny for Cavan.
Champions Kingscourt Harps earned a narrow 3-2 away victory over Bellurgan. Darren McCabe, Danny Hand and Cathal Connolly scored for the holders, with strikes from Bellurgan’s Shane Finnegan and Darren Gaynor making a game of it.
Finally, Woodview got their tournament off to a flying start beating Oldcastle United by 5-2. Division 2 side Oldcastle were a goal ahead with 20 minutes to go before the Premier side a huge purple patch, with four goals in quick succession from Eoin Armstrong, Mickey O’Kane, Stephen Fischer and Paul Warnock.