FAI Junior Cup
Newlands/Castle Park FC-2
Major Sunday side Newlands/Castle Park registered a major FAI Junior cup scalp on Sunday morning.
The Clondalkin side defeated AUL Premier A opposition to set up a mouthwatering all Major Sunday all Clondalkin fourth round clash with with St Francis.
Sub Thomas McDonald proved the hero of the exciting all action clash as he hit a second half winner as Newlands claimed victory in a LSL vs AUL clash.
The game started a blistering pace and Howth had a chance to go a goal to the good when the won a penalty as early as five minutes in.
However, David Herd did enough in goal to put the taker of and the penalty hit the outside of the post.
Howth had lots of the ball over the remainder of the stanza, but bar some brilliantly low crosses failed to create anything to trouble their visitors.
The away side did pose a threat on the break particularly through Stephen Power, who went close after a great through ball from Stephen Bayliss.
John O’Rourke also went close after creating a chance for himself with a thunderous tackle and driving run, but he eventually drove wide.
Newlands did manage to break the deadlock when a Richard Gavin set piece delivery found Nathan Killeen at the back post and he riffled home into the top corner.
Another penalty then offered hosts Howth passage back into the game and eventually took firing home the rebound after Herd, who has impressed this term, saved the initial attempt.
The keenly contested clash hung in the balance, but the introduction of McDonald proved a master stroke as the winger found the net after racing onto a Declan Byrne knock down to fire his side in front.
McDonald then won a penalty for Newlands/Castle Park, but they missed the chance to bank an insurance strike as a brilliant side to leave his side with hope going into the final stages.
Howth pushed everyone forward to get a equalizer but to no avail and Newlands progressed to the next round.