After putting up a very workmanlike performance, Manor Rangers booked their place in the next round of the Connacht FAI Junior Cup with a fully deserved win under lights over Roscommon & District League side Moore United at a rain drenched Lecarrow on Saturday night.
CONNACHT FAI JUNIOR CUP
MANOR RANGERS 1
MOORE UNITED 0
A toe-poked Eugene McSharry goal in the 63rd minute was enough to give the Leitrim side victory in this encounter, which was played in quite heavy driving rain from start to finish and in the most difficult of playing conditions on an excellent all-weather pitch.
Moore United did not help their cause in this encounter when they had two players sent off in the second half. Referee Declan Toolan dismissed Alan Duffy for a second yellow card offence in the 55th minute while Toolan sent Mark Duignan for an early shower near the end with a straight red card.
The South Roscommon outfit dominated the exchanges in the opening quarter and played the game in Manor's half for long spells in this period. But Manor withstood the early Moore pressure well before taking control of the game.
Gary Hickey went close to getting the game's opening score for Manor in the 18th minute when he shot inches wide from outside the box. Manor had another opportunity to take the lead following a corner in the next minute which was cleared to Colin Ryan but Ryan shot narrowly over from 25 yards.
Stephen Smith forced Moore keeper David Keenan to make a fine one-handed tip over save in the 21st minute when Smith hit a snap shot that was just dipping under the Roscommon men's crossbar.
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