Tony Griffiths put the Leinster Senior League side ahead from a seventh minute penalty. Two fine strikes from distance from Ian Sweeney, in the 31st and 66th minutes, looked to have booked Athlone’s passage.
But Robert Douglas earned Bluebell a deserved replay at Lissywollen tomorrow night with a stunning volleyed equaliser from some 30 yards in the 76th minute.
Last year’s beaten finalists, and current Premier Division leaders, St Patrick’s Athletic, eased to a 4-0 win in beating UCD well for the second time at Richmond Park inside five days.
Christy Fagan put St Pat’s in front just past the half hour before doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half. Jake Kelly added a third and College defender Gareth Matthews put through his own goal to gift St Pat’s their fourth.
Goals from Danny Ventre and Anthony Elding earned Sligo Rovers a 2-0 win away to Waterford United.
Rory Gaffney scored twice as Limerick saw off Glenville, just promoted from the third tier of the Leinster Senior League, with a 3-0 win at Whitehall. Stephen Bradley added the third from a free-kick.
Free-scoring David O’Sullivan maintained his remarkable season with a hat-trick as First Division leaders Longford Town beat Limerick junior side Pike Rovers 4-0. Salmon added Longford’s fourth goal from a stoppage time penalty.
Cobh Ramblers accounted for Dublin non-league side St Patrick’s CY 4-3 at Frank Cooke Park. Dave Hill’s Ramblers ran up a 2-0 lead within 11 minutes with strikes from Brian Fitzgerald and Conor Meade. Striker Meade added his second from a penalty to make it 3-0 four minutes into the second half. Bobby Donoghue scored Cobh’s fourth goal six minutes later. Thomas Dunne got a goal back on 61 minutes as St Pat’s staged a late rally.
Brian Mooney added another right on 90 minutes before Dunne got his second from a penalty five minutes into injury time.