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Sunday 08 Jan 2023
Junior Cup | Fourth Round recap

Only 16 clubs remain in the fonaCAB Junior Cup following Saturday's fourth round ties.

The designated 'tie of the round' saw Ahoghill Thistle host Hill Street and run out two-goal victors thanks to strikes from Matthew Lorimer just after the half-hour mark and Matthew Boyd 12 minutes from time.

The Ballymena Saturday Morning League side will be joined in the quarter-finals by defending champions Coalisland Athletic.

They travelled to Mitchell Park to defeat Castlederg United 5-0. Ciaran O'Neill opened the scoring midway through the first half, with Sean Corr doubling up a few minutes later.

Daniel McNulty added a third eight minutes from the break, before Conor Lavery knocked home a fourth early in the second half and Stephen Corr wrapped things up in the closing moments.

Strathroy Harps were top scorers on the day with an 8-1 home defeat of Crumlin United II.

Corey Wood bagged a second half hat-trick although by that stage Harps were already four goals to the good thanks to Richard Laird, Ronan Taggart and a brace from Simon O'Neill - amazingly all four were scored in the 10 minutes just before the break.

Ben Kelly added to the tally just after the hour, while Andrew Watt bagged a late consolation for the visitors.

The only other hat-trick was claimed by Conor Leonard. He collected the match ball after helping Aquinas II to a 7-4 victory over Ford FC at Crewe Park on Friday evening.

St Matthew's registered no fewer than seven scorers as they swept past Braid United at Ashfield Boys' HS.

James Moore opened the scoring towards the end of the first half but the real damage was done after the break when Daniel McDonald, Ciaran Vernon, Connor Bell, Liam Prigent, Anthony Lagan and Gary O'Boyle all hitting the target.

Both Tummery Athletic and Shamrock hit their opponents for six.

Tummery knocked half-a-dozen goals past Damolly. Again, most of the scoring came in the second half after Martin Hughes struck as early as the seventh minute. He scored again right at the end, and was joined on the scoresheet by Adrian McCaffrey [2], Brian Campbell and Padraig Dillon.

Shamrock visited Hillsborough Boys at Wallace Park and despite going behind to two early goals rallied through Aaron Stewart [2], Chris Allen, Martin Reilly [2] and Gerard Patterson.

There was penalty shoot-out drama at the Henry Jones Playing Fields as Cregagh Wanderers squeezed past visitors Foyle Wanderers 5-4 on spot-kicks after the sides shared six goals after extra-time.

A Sean McCashin strike in the dying moments of extra-time ensured FC Antrim's safe passage at the expense of Bangor Reserves after the game looked like ending scoreless while Harryville Homers, Cleary Celtic and Rosario YC II also progressed by that narrowest of margins.

Making up the fifth round are St. Oliver Plunkett II, Dergview Reserves, Newry Celtic and NFC Kesh.

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