FAI Junior Cup Round 2
Newtown Celtic (AUL Premier C) – 1
Skerries Town FC (LSL Major Sunday) – 4
It was LSL versus AUL today in Belcamp Park, and in the end it was Skerries Town FC who progressed to the third stage of the FAI Junior Cup with a comprehensive away victory over Newtown Celtic.
It was the opening match of the tournament for both teams who had received byes, and it was The Goats who began the brighter ratcheting up numerous early chances, with the in-form Shane Langan slicing through the Newtown defence at every available opportunity. Indeed the match was only in its infancy when Skerries took the lead through Davey Arthur who cushioned a misplaced clearance into far corner of the goal.
Skerries were then hit with injuries to two crucial players, with Langan and last week’s Man-of-the-Match Johnny Kennefick having to be withdrawn. The seasiders however did not let this disrupt there flow and soon doubled their lead through a sumptuous half-volley from outside the box by Darragh Walsh.
The sides would go into half-time at 2-0, and Skerries began the second half much like they did the first, with strikers Walsh and Sean Lynch causing all sorts of problems for the Dublin 17 side – albeit being somewhat guilty of a lack of composure in front of goal.
Skerries’s third eventually came courtesy of a Beckham-esqe ball from Darren Lynch whipped into the the box that his brother, Sean, diverted into the goal with a bullet header.
To their credit, Newtown never gave up and started to assert some control of the match. They were then rewarded for their efforts when some nice one touch football allowed Keith Cleary to clinically smash home a half volley into the net from outside the area.
However it was Skerries and Sean Lynch who were to have the final say when the big striker was put through one-on-one where he rounded the ‘keeper for his second of the game and sixth of the season.
Skerries will face stiffer tests in the coming rounds but are well marshalled at the back by keeper Colm McGearty, and defensive rock and captain Keith O’Callaghan – and have real attacking potential with Lynch and Walsh up top.
While disappointed with their performance today, Newtown still have some positives to draw from today and can go back to league and Leinster Cup action with a renewed vigour.