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Junior Cup preliminary round action, and first round draw

Sure Mobile Combination Division One champions Old Boys booked their place in the last 16 of the JCK Limited Junior Cup with a comfortable 5-0 win, away to second division Braddan.

Darren Hudgeon opened the scoring with a header, and Matthew Entwistle added a brace with goals either side of half-time. David Quirk got the goal of the game, beating two players before netting from 20 yards to make it 4-0, and Mark Walmsley completed the scoring with another 20 yarder, 10 minutes from the end.

The most dramatic tie of the round saw St John's come from behind to win 6-1 at Malew.

Apart from the seven goals, the game saw a player from each side sent off, which really opened things up in the latter stages of extra time. It was 1-0 to Malew at half-time, 1-1 after 90 minutes, and 2-1 to St John's after 105. Their scorers were goalkeeper Sam Brand from the penalty spot, Brett Kitchen, Juan Corkish, Liam Harrison (2) and Lee Gregson.

St George's, who have dropped out of contention in the league after having 12 points deducted for fielding ineligible players, progressed to the last 16 with a 2-1 victory at Gymns. It was 1-0 to the visitors after 45 minutes, and their scorers were Danny Oram and 16-year-old Connor Dowell. Steve Edwards replied for Gymns.

A 35-yard effort from Neil Curphy wrapped up a 4-1 win for Rushen, away to fellow first division outfit Laxey. The same player had scored Rushen's third goal with a penalty, on the stroke of half-time. Adam Kozyra and Ray Kelly got the first two goals for the southern side.

Combination division two pacesetters Onchan made it through the preliminary round with a comfortable home victory against Douglas and District, who are at the other end of the table. Gary Mills, Martin Priestnal and Bryan Ring were the scorers in a 3-0 win.

Division two title contenders Marown narrowly edged past Douglas Royal, in another match which went to extra time. Playing at home, Marown took the lead through Ricky Lovett in the first half, before Martin Walker equalised after the break. It was still 1-1 after 121 minutes, when Lovett grabbed his second of the day in the final minute of injury time at the end of extra time!

Two goals from Mark Priestnal and one from Tony Cain saw St Mary's progress, at the expense of Castletown. St Mary's led 2-1 at half-time and Castletown's reply came from Martin Chalker.

Goals from Nial Quayle and Matthew Woods ensured the all first division tie involving Peel and Corinthians went to form, the westerners striking twice in the second half.

Colby beat Pulrose 3-0 at Springfield Road, where Steve Kelly and Tom Beard were on target. There was also an own goal.

The tie between combination division one sides Ramsey and Union Mills looked on paper as if it may have been close, but Ramsey, playing at home, ran out 4-0 winners. New father Jonathan Leece could have celebrated with a hat-trick, if he hadn't missed a penalty, but he did grab a brace. The other scorers were Craig Dalton and Ryan Fairclough.

The draw for the First Round of the JCK Limited Junior Cup was made on Manx Radio's Saturday Classified programme.

Favourites Old Boys will be confident of progressing to the last eight with a home tie against Ramsey, and holders Peel will be very disappointed if they don't get past second division Ramsey Youth Centre. St George's travel to Michael.

The following ties will be played on Saturday, April 24:

Old Boys v Ramsey
Colby v St Mary's
Peel v Ramsey Youth Centre
Ayre v Police
Onchan v Ronaldsway
Michael v St George's
Rushen v St John's
Foxdale v Marown

There was only one league game in Manx football on Saturday, and it saw Ayre United beat their northern neighbours Ramsey Youth Centre 3-2 in combination division two. Ayre led 3-0 at half-time, with goals from Anthony Ray, James Brown and Juan Watney. Visitors Youth Centre pulled two back in the second period, through Andrew Black and Rick Leavey, but Ayre held on to take all three points.

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