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gritty colemanstown SPOT ON IN JUNIOR CUP

Colmanstown produced the result of the day in the Umbro FAI Junior Cup, when despite being down to nine players they defeated OLBC by 4-2 on penalties after the sides had finished level at 2-2 following extra time.

The home side led on two occasions through goals by Jimmy Jennings and Kieran Caldwell, with Colin O'Grady and Barry Donnellon levelling matters on each occasion for Colmanstown.

Indeed Donnellon's last minute equaliser came when they were two players down and they followed this up with success in the shootout as Ray Moran, Damien Concannon, Andy Concannon and Colin O'Grady all hit the net.

Penalties were also required in Dangan where NUIGalway saw off Dynamo Blues by 3-1, after the sides finished level at 3-3 in a very competitive contest. The students led on three occasions through Derek O'Flaherty, Gareth Gorman and Philip Reilly, but on each occasion goals by Mark Sweeney and John Farragher (2) levelled matters.

In the shootout the College side controlled matters as Ciaran Foley, Billy Cleary and Derek O'Flaherty all scored, while just Vinny Carton could hit the target for the Tuam side.

Shane Kelly cracked home a stunning winner as Mervue United defeated Oranmore by 3-2 in Fahy's Field. Tommy Walsh and Colie Kelly got their opening half brace, while Liam Rockall and Lonan O'Farrell were on the mark for the visitors. A home tie against Tipperary side St Michael's now awaits in the last 64.

Corrib Celtic will be Galway's fourth side in the National stages as an opening half Chris Greaney goal was enough to give them a 1-0 away win over Bohemians.

In the Michael Byrne Cup, holders West United had a comfortable 3-0 win over Oughterard as GaryFitzgerald (2) and Stephen Lynch found the net, while it was equally comfortable for another Premier side as Corrib Rangers despatched Cois Farraige by 4-0 with David Smith, Martin Connell, Jason Smith and Conor Cleary taking the scoring honours.

A Michael Boyle goal was all that separated Kiltullagh and St Bernard's as the visitors prevailed by 1-0 in the Joe Ryan Cup, while in the Lillis Cup a Niall O'Grady hat trick helped pave the way for Tuam Celtic's 7-0 hiding of Naomh Bricain.

The Galway Youths advanced to the knockout stages of the FAI Youth Inter League as a result of an 8-1 win over the Clare League in Terryland Park. Pat Huban (4), Dan Cunningham, Daryl Horgan, Brian Gaffney and Enda Curran all found the net in an easy success.

Meanwhile the Galway Under 16 side had an equally comfortable 6-0 win over Athlone League yesterday as Brian Connolly (3), Tony Ward, Dara Duggan and Kevin Connolly all got the better of Evan Hardiman.