Stars see off stubborn Fassaroe
CELTIC STARS endured a roller-coaster ride as they dumped Division 2 leaders Fassaroe YC out of the Thomas Scott Cup.
Rob Ryan put Stars ahead early on and Daniel Egan doubled that lead from the penalty spot. But Fassaroe hit back to force extra-time thanks to efforts from Keith Byrne and Kevin McCart.
The hosts then retook the lead thanks to another Egan spot-kick and they looked to be sailing into the last four when Peter Ryan restored their two goal lead.
But Wayne Byrne struck with five minutes of extra-time left to set up a nerve-wracking finale and the Bray side were desperately unlucky not to bring the game to a penalty shootout when they struck the woodwork with the last kick of the game.
Newtown United joined Fassaroe on the list of quarter-final casualties when they slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat against rel- egation-threatened Carnew AFC. Eugene Jordan was the toast of Carnew as it was his goal that earned Carnew a place in the last four.
That was United's second defeat on the bounce and Seaview Wanderers - who inflicted defeat on them last week - are also in the hat for the last four after overcoming Ballywaltrim FC.
Wanderers fell behind at the Arklow Leisure Centre to a Gavin Clancy strike but Mark O'Regan levelled matters for the hosts with a free-kick.
Wanderers then pushed on and went ahead courtesy of Iain O'Byrne and the result was put beyond doubt five minutes from time when a Ballywaltrim player put through his own net.
And completing the quartet is Rathnew AFC B. Chris Gregory scored the only goal of the game as the Villagers edged past Roundwood FC at the Vartry Grounds by a goal to nil.