Extra.ie FAI Senior Cup

Competition Description: 

The oldest football competition in Ireland, the FAI Senior Cup is the Blue Riband event for clubs in Ireland. Clubs from the SSE Airtricity League compete with junior and intermediate clubs in a competition that dates back to 1922.

The current holders of the competition are Dundalk, who defeated Cork City 2-1in the 2018 Final, courtesy of a Patrick McEleney goal.

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FAI Cup 2019 Shamrock Rovers
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Senior

Cobh Wanderers fightback earns replay

Avondale led 3-1 after 65 minutes but the home side, who beat Clonmel Celtic in the previous round, battled back to equality with two Ian Stapleton goals in the 73rd and 85th minutes to force the replay.

Stapleton fired over mid-way through the first half before Gary Comerford gave the Dales the lead on 27 minutes and it was 2-0 after 29 minutes when Simon Holland scored from Greg Kelly’s pass.

Athlone advance despite Liffey fightback

The FAI Junior Cup holders, based in the capital’s Pearse Street, were holding their own early on as Lee Roche forced a fine early save from Athlone keeper Shane Cusack in a warning shot for the hosts.

But on 18 minutes a slick move saw Alan Matthews’ side take the lead when Marco Chindea’s cross from the right flank fell to Sam O’Connor and he made no mistake from close range at the back post.

Killester knock out Cobh Ramblers

Well up for it from the start, the Leinster Senior League side were far better throughout the first half as they took the game to their out-of-sorts opponents.

Right-back Sean Rogers curled a shot wide on nine minutes before striker O’Connell worked young Cobh keeper Eoghan Daly with a low drive ten minutes later.

Killester had a shout for a penalty waved away on 36 minutes when a Ken Curley shot struck defender Adam O’Sullivan after Lacey and O’Connell carved Cobh open on the left.

Late goals see off Cabinteely

An early Sean Thornton goal for the hosts should have put them on the road to a comfortable victory, but Cabinteely levelled and it was only in the last 20 minutes that the Boynesiders began to look anything like a Premier Division side.

Cabinteely took the game to Drogheda from the start, but then gifted the lead goal to their hosts after only nine minutes.

Drogs left-back Joe Gorman whipped in a cross that was dropped under no pressure by 16-year-old keeper Sean Hyland and Sean Thornton was on hand to tap into the empty net.

Lyons double sees Bray through

In the week of the 25th anniversary of their 1990 triumph, the striker scored twice in four minutes just after the hour to inflict more misery on struggling Limerick. From Hugh Douglas' diagonal pass, Peter McGlynn kept the ball in play by the end-line. His cut-back picked out Lyons to hammer to the roof of the net from 16 yards.

Moments later, Michael Barker teed up Luke Gallagher whose placed effort came off Tommy Holland's legs and hit the post but no corner was awarded.

Second half goals see Bohs through

Jason Byrne had the first chance of the game, heading over from a difficult angle after only two minutes. Bohemians dominated possession, but were struggling to find a way through the spirited Firhouse defence.

The breakthrough finally arrived with just under half an hour played. Karl Moore did well to find Byrne, who managed to make some space for himself and force a shot at goal. The ball deflected onto the crossbar, but fell comfortably for the veteran striker, who made no mistake with the rebound.

Harps hang on to earn replay

The Donegal side also had manager Ollie Horgan sent to the stand in time added on at the finish.

In a hectic opening period, Longford were guilty of two dreadful misses and Harps had a player sent off, before then taking the lead.

Longford midfielder Kevin O'Connor put Kalem Simon through on goal on 12 minutes, only for the 18-year-old striker to make a hash of his attempted lob over keeper Ciaran Gallagher.

Cork ease into next round

The Tralee flyer netted with a superb left-footed drive in added time in the first half to send John Caulfield's charges in a goal up at the interval.

It was the first moment of magic in a tie that otherwise lacked urgency and was played at a pedestrian pace for much of the time.

Cork, who maintained their unbeaten away record, made two changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Shamrock Rovers with Liam Miller and Mark O'Sullivan on the bench and into the side came Garry Buckley and John O'Flynn who played as the lone front man in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Waterford knocked out by Tolka Rovers

The Leinster Senior League side struck either side of half time of a game where both sides ended with 10 men on a somewhat wet and windy Dublin night.

The hosts came out of the traps the quickest, Waterford's Shane Dineen clearing Mark Townley's cross off the line after just 10 minutes.

Denis Moran gave the defeated FAI Intermediate Cup finalist the lead after 23 minutes when United keeper Matthew Connor was unable to keep Moran's flick shot out.

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