Double delight for Maree/Oranmore FC in SFAI Skechers National Cup

There was double delight for Maree/Oranmore FC at the weekend as both their U12 and U14 sides booked their places in the last 32 of the SFAI Skechers National Cup.

Both teams had to battle their way through extra-time to reach the next round, but in the end, they found a way, and will now look forward to games in January.

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The U12’s faced a very good Castlebar Celtic side, and the goals in normal time came courtesy of Eanna Costello and Daniel Keddy.

It was then left to Colm Whelan to convert in additional time to send his team through to a last 32 clash with Illistrin United.

Meanwhile, the Maree/Oranmore FC U14 side overcame Ballymote Celtic, winning 3-1 after extra-time.

Myles Loughran registered a goal, while Gavin Smith netted a brace, and the win sees them set up a clash with Kilcullen in the next round.

Both team have also earned a place in their regional semi-finals, with dates for those fixtures to be confirmed.

Aisling Annacotty win battle of the Champions to reach SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32

Aisling Annacotty’s U14 side emerged victorious from a clash of the Champions on Saturday to book their place in the last 32 of the SFAI Skechers National Cup.

The Limerick league winners travelled to Moneypoint AFC to face the Clare league Champions, and they eventually clinched a place in the last 32 thanks to a 5-2 win after extra-time.

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Leon Kirrane had a huge influence on the tie, playing a role in four of the goals, while it was Alex Carragher and Ciaran Coulter who bagged both Aisling Annacotty’s goals in normal time.

Goalkeeper, Eugene Hurley also played a crucial part in the win, pulling off several saves at key times.

With the game in extra-time, Conal O’Duinn hit the back of the net, and Darragh Murray added a further two goals to ensure Aisling Anncotty’s route through to the final 32.

They will now welcome Ferrybank AFC in the next round, while in the regional competition they will face Listowel Celtic in a play-off.

The winner of that game will then set up a regional semi-final tie with Killorglin.

You can check out the full U14 SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32 draw HERE

McNamara and Stapleton launch Rathkeale into SFAI Skechers Cup last 32

While the draw for the last 32 of the SFAI Skechers National Cup was taking place on Saturday, Rathkeale’s U12 team were busy overcoming St Brendan’s Park in Tralee.

The 2-0 win now sets up a last 32 tie with Forth Celtic, while the winners of that game will face the winners of the game between Bridge United and St Kevin’s Boys A.

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Rathkeale’s U12 side have been enjoying their time in the SFAI Skcehers National Cup this season, with plenty of goals in their games to date.

Players including TJ Lawlor, Jack Geoghan, Aidan O’Shea and Fintan McNamara have all had their shooting boots on, and the latter maintained that hot streak on Saturday when he put one past St Brendan’s Park.

It has already been a season to remember for McNamara who has notched up a huge goals tally, including some impressive hat-tricks along the way.

Scott Stapleton also hit the back of the net on Saturday, and superb performances from others including Casey Costello and her brother Cian, and goalkeeper Paddy Mulcaire ensured the victory was in no doubt.

The win also sees Rathkeale into the regional semi-finals where they will face the winners of play-of between Nenagh and Caherdavin Celtic.

Check out the full U12 SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32 draw HERE

Horgan and O'Carroll lead Listowel Celtic into SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32

Listowel Celtic’s U14 side booked their place in the final 32 of the SFAI Skechers National Cup on Saturday when they overcame the challenge of Caherdavin Celtic.

Aoife Horgan was the star of the show, assisting and scoring a goal, while others including Kieran O’Carroll also impressed. Indeed, O’Carroll netted a hat-trick in the tie.

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The win sees Celtic now face Mallow United, with the winners of that game set to play the winners of Douglas Hall and Lakewood.

Saturday’s win began with Horgan teeing up Robert Stack who converted from close-range.

Horgan then fed Christopher McQuaid who drove the ball into O’Carroll before he slotted in at the back post.

Stack and O’Carroll added to their tally, to double Listowel’s lead, and Horgan then bagged a deserved goal before Caherdavin Celtic launched something of a comeback.

Four unanswered goals meant the last few minutes were nervy for Celtic, but O’Connell completed his hat-trick in the final stages to complete the win.

Check out the full U12 SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32 draw HERE

Nenagh set up SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32 tie with Westport with win over Shannon

Nenagh AFC’s U12 side set up a last 32 tie with Westport United in the SFAI Skechers National Cup when they overcame Shannon Town on Saturday – eventually running out 2-0 winners.

The game was only 10 minutes old when Joey McLoughlin scored the all-important opening goal.

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Kian Kelly then set up Chullain McGrath with a perfectly weighted through-ball for Nenagh’s second of the day, and he made no mistake, sending his shot to the back of the net.

The visitors continued to go in search of further goals, but at the break the score remained 2-0.

Shannon came out of the traps quickly in the second half and created a couple of chances, but the stern Nenagh defence held firm.

Meanwhile, only the woodwork denied the eventual winners from adding to their tally.

Nenagh will now face Westport United in the last 32 after they overcame Manulla, beating them 4-0, also on Saturday.

The victory for Nenagh also sees them into the SFAI Skechers National Cup regional play-off where they will face Caherdavin Celtic.

A win for either side in that tie will lead to a regional semi-final clash with Bridge United, while Killorglin and Rathkeale will contest the second regional semi-final.

Check out the full U12 SFAI Skechers National Cup last 32 draw HERE

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