FAI Cup wrap: Galway survive early scare

Waterford easily accounted for Maynooth University Town in today's FAI Cup first round, but Galway were given a scare at Collinstown, eventually edging through 2-1.

FAI Cup wrap: Galway survive early scare

Waterford easily accounted for Maynooth University Town in today's FAI Cup first round, but Galway were given a scare at Collinstown, eventually edging through 2-1.

There had been no giant-killing upsets on Friday or Saturday, but Leinster Senior League outfit Collinstown came closest to causing a shock ahead of this evening’s second-round draw.

Galway, struggling in the First Division and without a win in 12 matches, fell behind at Whitehall after

just 11 minutes. Jamie Aherne was first to react when Galway failed to clear, pouncing to steer a loose ball past Kevin Horgan.

The giddiness among the home support was quelled within a minute, however. More defensive hesitancy, this time at the opposite end, afforded space for Conor Barry to equalise with a fine finish.

The turnaround was complete three minutes later. Barry was again saviour for the Tribesmen, exchanging passes with Conor Melody before smashing in the winner.

Collinstown were unable to muster much in the second half, leaving Galway to see out the tie at 2-1, much to the relief of manager Alan Murphy.

Meanwhile, at Rathcoffey Road, goals either side of half time secured Waterford a comfortable first-round victory over Maynooth.

Barry Prendeville’s 2018 FAI Intermediate Cup winners have pedigree, but couldn’t make home advantage count in what was a one-sided tie.

Waterford may be getting dragged into the relegation zone but they were utterly dominant in Co Kildare.

Maxi Kouogun missed a sitter after just nine minutes before Maynooth goalkeeper Demer Sterio denied Walter Figueira and JJ Lunney.

The Blues were made wait until the 42nd minute to find the breakthrough.

Right-back Rory Feely crossed to Michael O’Connor, who teed up Shane Duggan for a crisp finish from 10 yards.

Maynooth continued to be pinned back after the break and were soon unhinged from a set piece. Duggan’s corner on 57 minutes was rehearsed, allowing Kenny Browne to slip his marker at the back post and apply a downward header beyond Sterio.

The goalkeeper’s heroics kept the losing margin respectable, but he was almost embarrassed by Dean O’Halloran late on. The substitute dispossessed the keeper on the edge of the box, but couldn’t finish into an empty goal.

UCD are also in the draw, to be held at 5pm, after beating Letterkenny Rovers 5-2.

Former Finn Harps striker BJ Banda fired the Donegal side into an interval lead before goals by Yousef Mahdy, Jason McClelland, and Richie O’Farrell in 23 second-half minutes gave UCD a 3-1 lead.

Banda pulled one back, but Liam Kerrigan’s late brace completed the rout.

Lucan United join Glengad and Crumlin United as the non-league teams in the draw. Marco Chindea and Ali Sule scored in their 2-1 win over Killester/Donnycarney, who scored a late consolation.

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