Local football round up, 10th March 2012

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012
This week offered the opportunity for several teams to forget about their poor league form with the welcome distraction of the AOH cup. Killowen ‘ two’ good for Cleary Killowen Celtic ensured their progression to the quarter finals of the AOH Cup after defeating Cleary Celtic in a drab encounter at Olympic Park on Saturday.

Killowen Celtic's Aidan Cousins gets up and heads the ball.

Killowen had a great opportunity to open the scoring minutes into the game when they caught Cleary on the counter attack. A through ball was played to Sean Kinney and with only the keeper to beat, he hit a tame shot which was easily saved by the Cleary keeper. The visitors made the breakthrough on the quarter hour mark when a corner kick was played into the box but the Cleary ‘keeper some how managed to pull the ball over the line after he caught it. Cleary were almost back on level terms shortly before the interval when Hogg unleashed a ferocious drive from 35 yards out only to see his effort come back off the crossbar. The second half was slow to take shape but with their first attack of the half Killowen increased their lead on the hour mark. After a neat interchange of passes Ryan Cousins played in Paul Trainor, who slotted the ball home to give Killowen a two goal advantage.

Shane Lundy on the attack for Cleary Celtic.

Cleary struggled to get past the Killowen rearguard of Cousins and McCrink but with a rare chance on 70 minutes could have got back into the game. Kenny Murphy beat his man on the left flank and and played in a delightful ball into Lundy, who mistimed his leap and failed to get anything on the ball. Cleary failed to build on this chance and in truth never really looked like getting back into the game. Killowen held out convincingly and now await the draw to find out their quarter final opponents. Taylor grabs a hat trick as Juventus cruise to victory Newry Juventus put their poor league form behind them and sent high flying Grasshoppers crashing out of the AOH Cup. Kevin Taylor grabbed a hat trick to ensure a miserable day for his old club. Cathal Murphy (2) and Stephen Bradley were Juve’s other marksmen. Bessbrook book place in second round Bessbrook advanced to the AOH Cup second round after they knocked out Drums by a one goal margin at Orior park.

Action between Cleary Celtic and Killowen Celtic.

Bessbrook dominated much of this game and but  for some poor finishing the score line might have been more convincing. Peter Markey’s well taken goal was enough to send the ‘Brook through to the second round. Woodside continue impressive form Woodside proved last week’s league win over Bessbrook was no fluke as they knocked Premier division title chasers Finn Harps out of the Cup at Frank Curran park. Sean Havern netted the opener for Woodside before Marc Greer got Harps back into the tie with a sensational volley from 30 yards out to level affairs at the interval. Finn Harps were back in arrears when Seamy Trainor found the back of the net for Woodside to notch his third goal in two games. Darren Edgar then scored late on to book Woodside’s place in the second round. Revenge is sweet for Whitecross A recent 3-2 reverse against Milburn put a dent in the Whitecross’ title hopes but they made an emphatic return to form on Saturday when they rattled six past the same side without reply on their home patch. Cathal McSherry netted a brace while Darren Shields, Neil McSherry and Alan Bann completed the rout. Rockview bounce back in style Rockview bounced back from their league defeat by Finn Harps with a convincing win over Crieve Rovers at Willie Davis park.

Kenny Murphy on the ball for Cleary Celtic.

A flurry of first half Rockview goals from Kenny Lynch, Robbie White, Stephen Daly and Bruno Bazaruka ended any chance Crieve Rovers had of getting back into this tie. Joe Campbell scored a consolation for Crieve in the second half from the penalty spot but they never looked like repeating their heroics over Cleary Celtic in their last league game. Results AOH Cup round 2 Cleary Celtic      0 – 2     Killowen Celtic Parkview           0 – 2     Bohemians AOH Cup round 1 Bessbrook United         1 – 0     Drumcashlone Crieve Rovers   1 – 4     Rockview United Finn Harps        1 – 3     Woodside Kilkeel Athletic 2 – 0       Cartwheel United Killeavey United 3 – 2     Windmill