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Ballymurphy Celtic v St Joseph's FC
16/09 11:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 4 - 1 St Joseph's FC

Ballymurphy Celtic 4

St. Joseph’s FC 2

Ballymurphy got the better of a resilient Joeys in this Shield encounter at the south Carlow venue on Sunday.

Both sides started off cagey with defences on top and the battle of the midfield area dominated the game. The visitors broke the deadlock following a defensive mix up and Mark Johnson slotted past the keeper on 25 minutes. Celtic responded positively and Mikey Whelan played in Tom O’Neill to smash the ball home on 30 minutes to see the game all square at the break.

The home side started the second half in blistering fashion and Mikey Whelan advanced from the left wing and after beating two defenders rifled the ball to the net on 52 minutes. The Tinryland side upped their game and were rewarded with a penalty on 60 minutes which Thomas Sheehan expertly converted. Ballymurphy moved up a gear and with fatigue setting in on the Joeys players Celtic scored a brace on goals between 70 and 80 minutes. First Mikey Whelan scored his second with a neat finish when one on one with the keeper and then a Kevin Foley solo effort which gave the keeper no chance to wrap up the game and see Ballymurphy through to the last four.

Best for the winners were Mikey Whelan, Tom O’Neill and Kevin Foley. Best for Joeys were Mark Johnson, Pavel Cahill and Thomas Sheehan.

Bagenalstown AFC v Ballymurphy Celtic
09/09 11:00
Bagenalstown AFC 1 - 3 Ballymurphy Celtic

Bagenalstown AFC 1

Ballymurphy Celtic 1

(Ballymurphy advance 3-1 on penalties)

Bagenalstown and Ballymurphy played out a good competitive game in McGrath Park.

Neither goal came under any serious threat in the first half. Pat Hughes in the Bagenalstown goal kept his back four well marshalled. It was scoreless at the break.

Bagenalstown started the second half brightly and got their reward from a wonderful strike by Nathan Holden. Ballymurphy responded straight away when Alan Curran was fouled in the box and Kevin Foley tucked home the penalty. Ballymurphy should have got the winner when a great cross from Tom O’Neill found Mikey Whelan at the back post but his header only rattled the crossbar on 85 minutes. Both teams struggled to create many other chances, bringing the game to extra time.

Tiredness kicking in made extra time a tough ask for both teams and it was eventually decided by penalties with Ballymurphy winning 3-1. Paul Foley was the hero for Ballymurphy, saving three penalties while Thomas Doyle, Anto Jordan and Kevin Foley made no mistake to advance to the Quarter-Finals.

Best for the winners were Thomas Doyle, Ben Coleman and Dean Grennan while for Bagenalstown Jimmy Cullen, Nathan Holden and Mattie Curran stood out.

LFA Junior Cup 2018/19
Vale View Shankill 2 - 1 Ballymurphy Celtic 23/9

Vale View Shankill beat Ballymurphy Celtic.
Vale View Shankill marginally won 2-1 against their visitors, Ballymurphy Celtic at Vale View Shankill Home Ground at 1 pm

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

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