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Boyle into Junior Cup quarter finals

History was brought a stage further in Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon as local side Boyle Celtic overcame fancied Dublin team VEC FC in a thrilling encounter.

A large crowd descended on Celtic Park in cold but ideal conditions for what was an entertaining game of soccer.

Boyle opened the scoring on the 7th minute when Niall Brennan broke through for what was to be the only goal of the first half.

Ace player Dessie Carlos succumbed to injury and was replaced by Gerry Brennan with 44 minutes played.

Boyle looked comfortable throughout and could easily have been further ahead at the half time whistle whcih finished with the score Boyle Celtic 1 – VEC FC 0

Luka Roddy replaced Aaron Calpin on the 53 minutes and straight away began to make his presence felt.

As was the case in the first half, Boyle missed many chances to forge ahead with one particular 35 yard shot from John Connolly blasting over the bar.

VEX FC began to come more into the game close to the end, adding to the nerves of those on the sideline.

And then, with four minutes of injury time played, Shane Battles won a penalty.

Up to the mark stepped super sub Luka Roddy  who casually slotted the ball into the back of the net to create history and put Boyle into the last eight of the 2017 FAI Junior Cup.

After the match, Martin Wynne presented Shane Battles with his man of the match award.

Boyle now await the draw for the next round which will probably be held this Thursday.

Final score Boyle Celtic 2 VEC FC 0

Boyle Celtic starting eleven: Kyle Suffin, Dessie Carlos, Sean Purcell, John Connolly, Mick Corrigan, Shane Battles, Lochlainn Conboy, Aaron Calpin, Danny Browne, Niall Brennan, Gerard McDermottroe

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