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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mervue poised for cup double

Mervue United will be doubly represented in the last four of the Michael Byrne Cup as the club's two sides registered last-eight victories over the weekend.

On Saturday in Tuam, the Mervue United 'A' side were too good for Dynamo Blues as they emerged 3-2 winners.

Colie Kelly got their opener, while Stephen Larkin later added a brace, while John Farragher and Vinny Carton were on the mark for the home team.

It was equally competitive in Knocknacarra yesterday where Mervue United B defeated the hosts by 2-1. They could even afford the luxury of missing a penalty and have a man sent off and still run out winners. Darvin Dowling and Gary O'Connor notched their goals each side of the break.

There was a distinct lack of goals in the three Connacht Junior Cup quarter finals played as just one score was registered in 310 minutes of action.

A second-half header by Stephen Walsh was enough to give Hibernians a 1-0 home win over East United and in the semi-final they will travel to face Straide and Foxford, who sent Oranmore packing by 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the game finished scoreless following extra-time.

There were no goals in Ballinasloe either, but it was Athenry who outscored the Roscommon League side 4-1 in the penalty shootout.

Visiting 'keeper Kieran Kilkelly made his mark with two smashing saves, while Fahy, Rabbitte, O'Donovan and Crowe were all spot on as the Galway side face the winners of Manor Rangers or Carbury in the last four.

Meanwhile, in league action, West United secured their Premier Division status with a 3-0 win over NUIGalway in Dangan. Simon Murray, Keith McHugh and Gary Fitzgerald were all on the mark in the comfortable success.

There was a 5-0 victory for Colmanstown over Bohemians, but it might be a little too late to rescue their season as the mid-table sides have moved well clear of the relegation area. Colin O'Grady (2), Conor Feeney (2) and Shane Clancy took the scoring honours for the home side against opponents who are doomed for the drop.

Despite taking the lead twice through Owen Roach and JP Keary, First Division leaders St Bernard's had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Crumlin, while second placed MacDara were 4-1 winners over Moyne Villa in Carraroe. Gary O'Donnell (3) and Anthony O'Conghaile got the goals that maintained their promotion push.

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