It was a busy weekend of cup action in Ireland with a full round of fixtures in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. The possibility of Cork City and Dundalk meeting in the Aviva Stadium come November for the fourth season in a row remains strong as both sailed through their respective ties. The holders Cork City were home to one of the two remaining non-league sides Maynooth University Town in Turner’s Cross. They won 4-0 thanks to goals from Aaron Barry, Kieran Sadlier, Josh O’Habnlon and Ronan Coughlan. Dundalk were also at home as they welcomed First Division side Finn Harps to Oriel Park. Goals from Ronan Murray and Georgie Kelly gave them a 2-0 win, Kelly’s was his first for the club since his move from UCD. Dundalk had been in action earlier in the week as they played one of their two games in hand over Cork. They travelled to the Showgrounds and beat Sligo Rovers 2-0 to open up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier Division. Michael Duffy and Patrick Hoban with the goals.
In a repeat of the 2012 FAI Cup final Derry City took on St. Patrick’s Athletic in the Brandywell. There was a different result though as Derry won 1-0 thanks to a goal in the 80th minute from Adrian Delap. St. Pat’s finished with ten men as Ian Turner was sent off in the 94th minute. Bohemian FC secured their place in the next round thanks to a 2-0 win over Galway United in Eamon Deasy Park. Darragh Leahy and Eoghan Stokes got their goals with JJ Lunney missing a penalty in-between. Waterford FC were also successful against First Division opposition as a goal after four minutes from Bastien Hery gave them a 1-0 win over Drogheda United in United Park. Limerick FC kept up the Premier Division’s winning streak as they beat Cabinteely 2-1 in the Markets Field. Connor Ellis and Barry Maguire on the mark for the Shannonsiders with Kevin Knight replying for the side from South Dublin.
In an all First Division clash, Longford Town beat Shelbourne FC 2-0 with their goals coming from Dylan McGlade and Daniel O’Reilly. Leaders UCD are also through although they were pushed all the way by non-league side CIE Ranch. They were taken to extra time before eventually winning 6-2. CIE led 2-0 after 16 minutes with the first being an own goal from UCD’s Dan Tobin and Edward Smith getting their second. Yousef Mahdy pulled one back for UCD who then equalised in the 89th minute through Jason McClelland. Mahdy and Sean McDonald scored in the first period of extra time to put the game beyond CIE with McClelland and Gary O’Neill netting in the second period to put some gloss on the final scoreline. There was one game also played over the weekend in the division with Athlone Town and Cobh Ramblers playing out a goalless draw in the Athlone Town Stadium.