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Saturday 16 December 2017

moynihan double ends carrick runBANNERMEN BEST: the Clare League Oscar Traynor squad which qualified for tis year's semi-fien t

Trim-based Knightsbrook proved once again to be able to compete with the best teams in the League, when for the second season running they knocked Premier Division Carrick Rovers out of the Tully Bookmakers Challenge cup

It booked them a place in the quarter finals where they will encounter another tough assignment away to Division one leaders Marsh Celtic.

The match against Carrick was a very exciting affair and Knightsbrook had to come from behind on two occasions to eventually claim the tie.

As expected Carrick dominated the early exchanges, and the pressure being put on the Knightbrook rear guard was rewarded after 30 minutes when following a goalmouth scramble TJ Garry put the ball beyond the reach of his keeper for an o.g.

They held the lead until mid way through the second half when Anthony Craig scored with a brilliant effort from all of twenty five yards.

It was stalemate after 90 minutes, and close to mid point of extra time Carrick once again took the lead from a converted penalty through Wayne Kerley.

The division three side kept battling away and James Moynihan was the hero with two late goals to make it 3-2 and victory over the second Premier Division side this season, after disposing of Duleek in the second round, much to the delight of the home contingent.

In form Woodview Celtic also joined them with a convincing 5-2 success over fellow Premier Division side Square United in Ardee, and Clones Town also got through in a tight match away to Johnstown where they won 2-1, thus setting up a quarter final tie with Woodview.

In the Premier Division, leaders Rock Celtic had a comfortable 4-0 win away to Glaslough. Duleek kept in touch winning 2-1 away to Torro, but Trim Celtic dropped points where they could only muster a draw 1-1 at home to Glenmuir, a result coming just three days after being eliminated from the Tully Cup at the hands of Albion Rovers.

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