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Sunday 17 Sep 2023
Irish Cup: Second Round recap

The Irish Cup continued on Saturday with the 32 second-round ties producing the usual serving of goals, drama and talking points.

Much interest was centred on the all-Premier Intermediate League clash between newly-promoted Rathfriland Rangers and Ballymacash Rangers, who ran up an eye-watering 19 goals just a week earlier, at Iveagh Park.

It was a much closer affair for 'Cash on this occasion, however, as they eventually squeezed through 4-2 on penalties. Carl McComb had fired the visitors in front on 19 minutes but this was cancelled out by Dalton Tate's finish midway through the second half.

The other PIL tie was also a closely fought affair with Moyola Park progressing at Banbridge Town's expense thanks to Adam Gray's 35th-minute goal at Crystal Park.

Free-scoring Limavady United, with 22 goals from their three league outings so far, needed two late goals to see off Greenisland at Glenkeen Avenue.

Joe McCready had opened the scoring late in the first-half but Conal McWilliams-Small levelled for the home side just before the hour. That was how it stayed until McCready struck again in the 89th minute with Lewis Tosh then making sure in stoppage time.

And Warrenpoint Town found it much tougher going than many might have expected when they travelled to Lenadoon to face St Oliver Plunkett.

Jim O'Hanlon edged Barry Gray's side in front early in the second half but Plunkett levelled through Sean Jackson on 66 minutes to set up an intriguing last quarter. However, Jamie O'Flaherty struck for 'Point with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining to secure safe passage for the visitors.

Drumaness Mills racked up the highest goal tally on the day, firing nine past Mossley with Jack Sharvin leading the way with a hat-trick alongside goals from Eoin Rooney, Thomas McConville, Eoin Murray, Peter Brannigan, Stefan Mason and Joe Healy.

Queen's University hit eight past Woodvale at the Dub, featuring hat-tricks from Stewart Nixon and skipper Ben Mulgrew who needed just 14 second half minutes to stake his claim for the match ball.

The PSNI's Henry Capper also bagged a hat-trick as he helped his side defeat Shamrock 5-1 but the accolade for highest individual scorer of the day went to Dromara Village's Marcus Murphy who knocked home no fewer than five goals en route to a 7-2 defeat of Shorts at Aircraft Park.

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