Milford United 4-0 Gleneely Colts
The first half was a dour defensive affair with no chances at either end and neither goalkeeper troubled. Most of the play was bogged down in the midfield area and the colts would have been happy with the situation at the break.Milford raised the tempo on the restart but had a huge slice of luck which enabled them to break the deadlock on 67 minutes when an attempted clearance from a corner saw a defender slice into his own net.They added another on 74 minutes when PJ O Hagan released Ciaran McGinley to run clear and fire low past Jordan McLaughlin in the colts goal. Number three arrived on 81 minutes after Garetth Kerrigan broke through the defence to run clear and round McLaughlin to slot home.They completed the scoring late on after Joey Cullen beat two defenders before crossing for O Hagan to slot home.
Killylough (Monaghan) 2-1 (AET) Rasheney FC
Rasheney made the long trip to Monaghan to play the local Killylough side in wet and wintry conditions on the astro turf in Monaghan Town. The opening period of the game was a dour affair with neither keeper tested and both defences on top.Rasheney took a hold of the game then and on the half hour mark a John Grant free was parried by the home keeper but Ryan Doherty following up just failed to connect.Before the interval John Mclaughlin advanced on the left and crossed for Doherty who fired inches over the bar.The home side took the lead on 55 minutes when John McAree unleashed an effort from forty yards out which caught keeper Johnathan Noone by surprise and ended in the net. But Rasheney levelled on 67 minutes after a John Mclaughlin effort was turned round the post by David Ballantine.From the corner the ball was cleared to John Grant on the right and he cut in to fire low past Ballantine at his near post.On 80 minutes Rasheney had a great chance after David McLaughlin played a one two with Aaron Friel to advance into the area but his effort was well saved by Ballantine.Killylough went close in the closing minutes after Ronan Sterrit cut in from the right wing and unleashed a shot which crashed off the post. The home side made the breakthrough midway through the first period of extra time when McAree converted from the penalty spot.Rasheney tried hard but all they could muster in reply were long range efforts from Grant and John Mclaughlin which were off target and in the end Killylough repeated the scorelines from an earlier FAI Junior cup clash between the sides in Rasheney.
Kilmacrennan Celtic 3-2 Glengad United
Premier division leaders Glengad have only themselves to blame as they led two nil here in Rathmullan but lost in the end.The home side had the first effort when Kevin Kelly saw an early shot well saved by Martin McLaughlin. Glengad replied with Terence Doherty seeing an effort saved by Ian Gallagher before Patrick McDermott whot wide when well placed after good work from Stephen McLaughlin.Another McLaughlin cross picked out John G McLaughlin but he fired over from the edge of the area.Glengad did take the lead before the interval after a John McDaid cross cannoned off a defender past Gallagher in the home goal.On the restart Stephen McLaughlin had a shot well saved by Gallagher before they doubled their lead on the hour when Paul McLaughlin fed Terence Doherty who rounded Gallagher to score.Kilmacreennan got one back on 71 minutes when the visitors defence failed to clear and Timmy Burke poked home from close range.Minutes later Glengad had a great chance to regain their two goal advantage when Jason Doherty released McDermott but Gallagher saved.Play swung to the other end and on 78 minutes the Glengad defence misjudged a throw in allowing Brian Shields to head home.Then on the stroke of full time the Glengad defence again failed to clear a corner and Caolan Kelly headed home from close range.
Moville Celtic 4-2 Drumkill Rovers
In a bright opening Kevin Brennan for the visitors turned well but saw his effort deflected away while at the other end Tony Boyce had a shot blocked by Emmet McElvanney.Moville opened the scoring on 9 minutes when a superb Joe Doherty pass found Nigel McMonagle on the run and he rounded the keeper to score.But Drumkil levelled within minutes after Brennan intercepted a poor pass by keeper McGuinness and fired to the net from twenty yards.Moville responded and after good work on the right Conor Mclaughlin’s driven cross was just missed by Dermot Harkin at the back post .On the half hour the visitors Kieran Murphy saw his free kick from the edge of the area well tipped onto the bar by McGuinness and when the corner was not cleared James Traynor fired just wide.The visitors took the lead on 36 minutes when Noel Rice released Brennan to round McGuinness and slot home. Moville got back on terms on the stroke of half time after Sean Doherty fed Raymond Campbell and his twenty two yards effort squirmed under Dwayne Rooney in the Drumkill goal.Moville got a dream start to the second period when Joe Doherty converted a penalty awarded after Tony Boyce was upended.The unmarked PJ Barr then had a header off target before Dermot Harkin had a shot well held by Rooney.The visitors hit back with Traynor just failing to get on the end of Sean O Brien’s cross before Traynors first time effort drifted just wide.McMonagle then had one effort saved before collecting a MB Doherty flick but shooting just wide.Barr then found himself clear in the area but fired wide from ten yards before they scored again on 82 minutes after McMonagle broke clear, rounded the keeper and squared for Joe Doherty to tap home.
Clonmany Shamrocks 2-3 Curragh Athletic
This was probably the biggest upset of the round as Clonmany at home were expected to advance.Michael Grant and Mark McLaughlin combined well and the latters dangerous cross was tipped over by Ray Duffy.Curragh served their intention when Shane Barcley broke onto a long ball but fired wide.Clonmany responded with Marty Doherty seeing a free kick turned round the post and from the corner Paul McLaughlin fired over.Then Jason Devlin cut inside from the left but his dangerous cross flashed across goal and eluded all.Before the interval Curragh created a great chance after Ryan Carlin split the home defence for Barclay but he dragged his effort wide. On the restart Marty Doherty had en effort saved before seeing a well struck free turned round the post by keeper Duffy.On 59 minutes Curragh took the lead when Barclay converted a penalty despite keeper Harkin getting both hands to the ball after Barclay had been upended.They doubled their lead minutes later when Barclays effort was parried by Harkin and Garth Gallagher pounced to drill the rebound home.Clonmany got a lifeline after Jason Devlin was upended in the area and Michael Devlin converted but Curragh hit back when Ryan Carlin broke through the home defence before firing low past Harkin.Clonmany got a consolation in the final minutes when substitute Alan Friel flicked on a corner for Jason Devlin to slot home but it was too little too late.
Aileach FC 3-6 (AET) Monaghan Town
The home side will be kicking themselves as they led by three goals to nil with minutes remaining but somehow contrived to throw it away. Aileach began well and good work by Dermot Doherty and Darren McMonagle saw the former square to brother Gavin to scoop the ball high over Ballantine from fifteen yards.Monaghan were playing some neat football but the final ball was letting them down.Aileachs McMonagle and Doherty were causing havoc on the right and but for stout defending from Johnny Sherry and Paul Gilsenan they could have added to their lead.On the stroke of half time Monaghan broke with Mark Mulhall crossing to Paul Smyth but his effort was gathered at the second attempt by Kevin McDermott.The home side increased their lead minutes into the second period when Dermot Doherty released McMonagle on the right and he advanced into the area to fire low past Ballantine.At the other end Smith turned and saw his shot saved by McDermott before the home side made it three nil on the break when the selfless Anthony Doherty released Conor Gallagher to fire home.But on 85 minutes it all began to go wrong for Aileach when Shane Hannon sneaked in at the back post to head home.Minutes later Paul Hannon capitalized on a poor defensive error to drill gome.Then in the very last minute a headed clearance from a corner was collected by James Traynor and his thirty five yards wonder strike dipped over McDermott and in off the underside of the bar.An experienced Monaghan side dominated a demoralised home side in extra time and took the lead when Conor Callan stole in behind the home defence to slot home before Paul Hannon completed his hat trick with a fine finish from close range at the end of the first half.In the second period Smith saw his shot parried by McDermott and Hannon pounced for his fourth of the game to send the winners from two seasons ago into the quarter finals.