FAI Junior Cup
The club famed for enjoying the greatest cup seen by an Irish amateur side are one of the first sides to progress into this seasons FAI Junior Cup open draw.
1990 FAI Senior Cup finalists St Francis won an all Clondalkin all Major Sunday clash to progress to round five of the prestigious competition.
The former winners, who played in Lansdowne Road against Bray Wanderers back in that famous final, took a big step along the current Road to the Aviva by defeating Major Sunday leaders Newlands/ Castle Park at John Hyland Park.
The game was played a good temp from the of with both side having chances to score earlyn on.
Newlands/Castle Park took the lead after 30 mins from a great run down the wing from Thomas McDonnell, his cross found Liam O’Rourke who produced a calm low finish.
Francis managed to level before the turn as Jordan Hanley headed home from a corner kick.
Within minutes of the restart and the side, who are in their first season after a year Senior sabbatical, took the lead as Peader Knowles slid in at the back post to finish off a brilliant low delivery.
Newlands responded well and had chances to score most notable an Nathan Killeen effort cleared of the line and James Toner effort tipped onto the bar.
However, it was the home side who found the net next and they all but sealed a place in the next round with a break away third. This Craig McEnroe finding the back of the next with a deflected effort from 18 yards.
Former League of Ireland player Paul Caffrey then rounded off a successful evening for the home side with a Francis fourth.