Bantry Bay make progress

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Ger McCarthy

Bantry Bay Rovers’ stun­ning Skech­ers SFAI U12 Na­tional Cup vic­tory over Youghal United has set up a sec­on­dround meet­ing with Dri­nagh Rangers.

The Kealkil club were one of only four WCSL sides to ad­vance past the first round last Sun­day af­ter­noon, trav­el­ling to face Cork School­boys League out­fit, Youghal United, at Ar­drath Park.

Goals from Mark O’Keefe (2) and Dara Sheedy ce­mented a 3-2 Bantry win, a club that reached the na­tional stages (last 32) of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion. Best for Rovers in­cluded Eli Reynolds, Mark O’Keefe, Tom O’Con­nor, and Kian Kelle­her.

Dri­nagh Rangers will have home ad­van­tage for Bantry Bay Rovers’ visit in the sec­ond round. Both are at­tack­minded teams.

Castlelack were knocked out of the U12 Na­tional Cup at the first time of ask­ing, los­ing 5-0 away to Leeds, de­spite im­pres­sive dis­plays from Billy Curtin, Kil­lian O’Ma­hony, Ethan Roberts and Jack Coomey. In the same com­pe­ti­tion, a bat­tling Lyre Rovers lost 3-2 to Pas­sage in the first round. Shane O’Re­gan and Sam Bai­ley were on tar­get for Rovers.

In round two of the Skech­ers SFAI U12 Na­tional Cup, a pair of WCSL clubs await their first ac­tion of the new cam­paign, af­ter re­ceiv­ing byes this past week­end. Sk­ib­bereen wel­come Mac­room A to the Bal­ti­more Road, hop­ing to build on a good 2016-17 cam­paign. Bun­ratty United also en­joy home ad­van­tage, with May­field United trav­el­ling to Town Park, in Schull. The win­ners will be at home to ei­ther Ringma­hon Rangers or Corinthian Boys B in the next phase. There was plenty of drama in the Skech­ers SFAI U14 Na­tional Cup, on Sun­day af­ter­noon, with Mac­room and Bantry Bay Rovers serv­ing up a clas­sic en­counter. They drew 3-3.

Ex­tra-time saw two tir­ing teams fail to score and Mac­room edged the re­sult on penal­ties. Eoghan O’Sul­li­van (2) and Gearoid Cronin scored for Rovers, with the lat­ter, Cil­lian O’Brien, Eoghan O’Sul­li­van, and Robert Cronin play­ing su­perbly.

Round-two games in­volv­ing WCSL clubs in­clude an in­trigu­ing up­com­ing tie be­tween Sk­ib­bereen and Kin­sale at the Bal­ti­more Road. Dri­nagh Rangers will host ei­ther Leeds or Corinthian Boys A in the same round, while Castlelack visit Tramore Ath­letic. Bun­ratty United will need to be at their best, away to Corinthian Boys.

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