Drogheda United fell at the first hurdle in this season's FAI Ford Cup as they were beaten at United Park by Sean Connor's Bohemians 1-0. Darren Mansaram grabbed the only goal of the game to put the Gypsies into the last 16 to leave Paul Doolin's side to concentrate on the league.
On Thursday night, Dundalk were the first team to go through with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Athlone Town at Oriel Park with the goals coming from a Philip Hughes brace and a late cracker from Paul Smyth.
There was no problem for Cup holders Derry City as they easily dispatched Monaghan United 2-0 at the Brandywell. Goals from Pat McCourt and Mark Farren were enough to send the Candystripes through.
Damien Richardson's Cork City had to work hard against First Division strugglers, Shelbourne, at Tolka Park. City went through after Roy O'Donovan converted a 7th minute penalty for a 1-0 victory.
St Patrick's Athletic rolled Harry Kenny's Phoenix at Richmond Park, the league leaders romping to a 4-0 victory. Goals from Mark Quigley, Darragh Maguire, Alan Kirby and Kevin Cornwall sent the Saints into the last 16.
Galway United and Finn Harps finished 2-2 at Terryland Park. Derek Glynn had put the home side two up, but a resilient Harps forced a replay thanks to goals from Conor Gethins and Stephen Parkhouse.
New boys Limerick 37 and Wexford Youths will have to do it all again next week as they drew 1-1 at Jackman Park. The Youths went ahead in the 37th minute when Nigel Keady deflected Joey Wadding's cross into the net. But Limerick equalised thanks to a Ross Cosgrove strike.
Tolka Rovers forced a replay with Waterford United, twice coming from behind, the game at Frank Cooke Park finished 2-2, while the only non-league side through to the last 16 is Malahide United as they overcame Cherry Orchard 2-1.