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Holders Harps maintain quest for Mulhern hat-trick

Tony Quinn was on target for Strathroy Harps

HOLDERS Strathroy Harps show little sign of relinquishing their grip on the Mulhern Cup following a 3-1 second round victory at Killen Rangers on Saturday.

Last weekend Seamus Fanthorpe’s team bowed out of the Irish Junior Cup but against Killen the Omagh side bounced back with goals by Tony Quinn, Aidy McCaffrey and Darren Teague to remain on course for a possible Fermanagh and Western treble.

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Joining Harps in the last eight are Strule United, 4-0 winners over Drumquin United, Irvinestown Wanderers who came from behind to defeat neighbours Tummery Athletic 2-1 while third division Erne Rovers ran out 9-7 victors at Lisnaskea Rovers.

The result of the day though was arguably Beragh Swifts’ 4-3 win over Irish Junior Cup semi-finalists Enniskillen Rangers at the Ball Range.

Goals by Jamie McKeown, Chris Leatheret, an OG and Stephen Browne sealed a famous win although it may well have come at a price.

Talisman Michael Brown limped off with what looked like a serious ankle injury following a hefty challenge and was taken to the nearby South West Hospital for examination.

That apart Beragh manager Keith Hamilton admitted it had been a good day for his team.

We were missing a few players but physically we were the better team and I think that made the difference,” he said.

As away performances go it was one of our better ones. To beat Rangers on their own patch is nothing to be sniffed at and, while the result will boost the confidence, we won’t be getting carried away.”

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