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Sunday 17 December 2017

Carlow take penalty route in LFA Youths Cup

FC Carlow......................................................... 2

Freebooters..................................................... 2

(a.e.t. FC carlow advanced 5-4 on penalties

FC Carlow advanced to the quarter-finals of the O'Neill's Leinster Youths Cup, defeating Kilkenny side Freebooters following a penalty shoot out.

Carlow had a blistering start and were two goals to the good by the interval. On 18 minutes, they went ahead when Daragh Walsh played in Jeff Sutton who shot home.

Seven minutes later Eric Molloy broke forward and found Sutton who rounded the Booters 'keeper before scoring his second to double his team's advantage.

The second half saw Freebooters rally strongly and the Blues pulled a goal back on 60 minutes when a shot deflected in off a Carlow defender.

Twelve minutes from the end of normal time, the Kilkenny side levelled when a corner was headed home at the far post to force extra time.

Two tired sides could not lift themselves in the extra periods and the cup-tie went to a penalty shoot out.

The Carlow 'keeper, Stephen Duncan proved the hero of the day saving Freebooter's third spot kick while Carlow were successful with all of their five to clinch victory and a quarter final spot.

Ballymurphy Celtic............................................ 0

Palatine Celtic................................................... 2

A goal in each half from John Reid was enough to send Palatine through to Round 4 of the Douglas Jewellers Carlow Cup.

Ballymurphy settled the better without creating any worthwhile goal chance.

Then somewhat against the run of play, Reid struck for his first on 24 minutes. This score seemed to spur Palatine into action and they put the Ballymurphy defence under severe pressure.

However, the home side held them at bay .

Early in the second half Ballymurphy laid siege on the Palatine goal as they fought to get back on level terms. Palatine defended excellently and they broke forward on 63 minutes.

A defensive error let John Reid through on goal, Willie Hickey the Ballymurphy goal minder kept out his first effort but Reid followed through to put away the rebound.

The visitors were now in control of the tie and Ballymurphy were confined to one late chance but Kevin Foley's shot flashed across the goal and wide on 87 minutes

Palatine now march on to the next round to take on either Hanover Harps or Parkville United.

Crettyard United............................................... 3

Burrin Celtic...................................................... 0

Matty Dowling's flying header forced an excellent early save from Jason Kealy in the Crettyard goal as Burrin made a positive start to this Premier clash.

But that was to change when Willie Fitzpatrick went on a penetrating run before picking out Brendan Fox to head firmly to the Celtic net on 16 minutes as Crettyard finally found their rhythm.

The score doubled when Fox found the next just five minutes later - this time finishing off Terence Haughey's cross with another firmly directed header to the back of the visitors' net.

Lee Quaye then netted the goal of the game after going on a dazzling run beyond a number of visiting defenders before beating the advancing keeper to put Crettyard into a commanding position.

Burrin introduced Padraig Byrne for the restart and he struck up a good understanding with Paul Hickey and James Nolan.

Jason Kealy made a fine save to deny the Burrin lad before being relieved to see a ground shot fizz just wide.

Crettyard, however, were not to be denied and Ray Buggy, Brendan Fox and Jason Kealy caught the eye while Burrin's best players included Denis O'Regan, James Nolan, David Shanahan and Paul Hickey.

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