Bantry Bay make progress
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.