Salthill Devon 2-2 Mervue Utd AET
Maranek Gaffney
Browne O'Dowd

Salthill win 4-3 on penalties

Tonight saw the first glimpses of action in the newly named EA Sports Cup(formerly the League Cup) when Mervue United travelled to Drom to take on Salthill Devon in the preliminary round of the competition.

The clubs met twice last year in the A Championship, with both recording away wins. That trend was bucked tonight as Salthill caused an upset, fighting back from behind to force extra-time and eventually win out 4-3 in a sudden-death penalty shootout.

Salthill took an early lead through Marcin Maranek but were pegged back by a goal from Rory Gaffney. David O'Dowd then gave the First Division side the lead, but a late goal from Devon's Shane Browne forced an extra half hour to be played.

Browne proved to be the hero once more as his sudden death penalty sent the Seasiders through to meet Galway United in the first round proper in two weeks time.

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