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Thursday 17 October 2019

UCD pass tricky Cup test

Ryan Lonergan of Letterkenny Rovers in action against Liam Kerrigan of UCD. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Ryan Lonergan of Letterkenny Rovers in action against Liam Kerrigan of UCD. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

UCD survived a fright against Letterkenny Rovers yesterday before eventually running out 5-2 winners with Liam Kerrigan's late brace making sure of their spot in the FAI Cup second round draw.

A 22nd-minute opener from BJ Banda had the Ulster Senior League club in front but the introduction of Yoyo Mahdy at half-time sparked resurgence from the Students.

Goals from Mahdy, Jason McClelland and Richie O'Farrell were met by Banda's second keeping Letterkenny alive before Kerrigan (inset) struck.

Galway United joined them in the second round thanks to Conor Barry's double over Collinstown at Whitehall.

Following Jamie Ahern's early opener, a quick-fire blitz ensured United brought a one-goal advantage into the break after which they continued to enjoy the majority of possession and chances.

Waterford were the last Premier Division team to take the field over the weekend, travelling to Maynooth University Town yesterday afternoon.

After a lot of early pressure, they opened the dead lock just before the interval when Rory Feely's cross found its way to Shane Duggan who made no mistake.

Duggan then turned provider on the other side of half-time whipping in a corner that was met by the head of Kenny Browne for 2-0.

A late John Brophy goal wasn't enough to get Killester Donnycarney back into their clash with Lucan United yesterday afternoon as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.

On Saturday, holders Dundalk overcame Cobh Ramblers by a single goal to continue their quest to claim the title for a third time in five seasons.

Georgie Kelly's header in the second half proved enough for the holders.

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