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Monday 03 Oct 2022
Junior Cup first round continues

(Image: Sandy Row's Stephen McDowell receives the Man of the Match Award from Graham Evans, Junior Cup Committee and IFA Council member.)

The fonaCAB Junior Cup continued at the weekend as the second tranche of First Round fixtures were contested at grounds up and down the country.

The 'tie of the round' saw Belfast & District Football League side Sandy Row host visitors Derriaghy CC II at Ormeau Playing Fields on Friday evening.

Sandy Row raced into an early lead when, after just three minutes, Allan Dunning opened the scoring for the home side. He added to his tally - and doubled the lead - just before the break with Bradley White completing the scoring just sixty seconds after the interval.

Goals were in abundance across the 54 games played. St. Mary's (Newtownabbey) hit ten goals past Red Star Carrick while Shamrock bagged eight on their way to victory over PSNI Olympic.

Half a dozen sides - Raceview, Kilmore Rec. Swifts, Realta naCromoige, Southside Rangers, Newry Celtic and Rathfriland Rangers II - were in seventh heaven while a further five (Foyle Wanderers, Donacloney, Islandmagee II, Portstewart Town and Randalstown Ramblers) hit their opponents for six

Shamrock's Chris Allen was top individual scorer of the day with a five-goal haul while Foyle Wanderers man Stephen Mills helped himself to four goals, including a nine-minute hat-trick around the hour mark.

Randalstown Ramblers' Dermot McErlain also bagged a hat-trick in nine minutes as they swept past Lurgan Town Reserves with Niall O'Kane (Realta naCromoige) and Carl Murray (Islandmagee II) staking their claims for the match ball in just 14 minutes.

It was also a weekend to remember for Mark Cutler (Enniskillen Rangers), Curtis Houston (Greenwell Star), Gary McAleavey (Newry Celtic), Michael Ireland (Portstewart Town), James Coffey (Portavogie Rangers), Niall McDaid (St. Mary's Newtownabbey), Adam Mooney (Southside Rangers) and Raceview's Stephen Hutchinson who were also hat-trick heroes for their respective sides.

Full fonaCAB Junior Cup results and fixtures