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In pictures: Willowbank and Enniskillen Rangers go through to Junior Cup final as football returns to Northern Ireland

 

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Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Keenan was celebrating after his side's 5-1 win over Bessbrook United at Annagh United's Tandragee Road ground while Eamon Hughes and Nathan Garland-ONeill netted at Holm Park as Willowbank saw off NFC Kesh 2-0. Pictures: Irish FA

Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Keenan was celebrating after his side's 5-1 win over Bessbrook United at Annagh United's Tandragee Road ground while Eamon Hughes and Nathan Garland-ONeill netted at Holm Park as Willowbank saw off NFC Kesh 2-0. Pictures: Irish FA

Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Keenan celebrates

Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Keenan celebrates

Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Kennan along with goal-scorers Christopher Currie and Stuart Rainey.

Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Kennan along with goal-scorers Christopher Currie and Stuart Rainey.

Willowbank goal-scorers Eamon Hughes and Nathan Garland-ONeill celebrate their side's Junior Cup semi-final victory.

Willowbank goal-scorers Eamon Hughes and Nathan Garland-ONeill celebrate their side's Junior Cup semi-final victory.

Willowbank celebrate after the final whistle

Willowbank celebrate after the final whistle

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Willowbank's Nathan Garland-O’Neill celebrates after scoring the second in his side's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Willowbank's Nathan Garland-O’Neill celebrates after scoring the second in his side's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Action from Enniskillen Rangers' 5-1 win over Bessbrook United.

Playing again: Willowbank’s Ciaran Winchester in action against NFC Kesh in last night’s Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park

Playing again: Willowbank’s Ciaran Winchester in action against NFC Kesh in last night’s Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Willowbank celebrate after their 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Willowbank celebrate after their 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Action from Willowbank's 2-0 win over NFC Kesh in the Junior Cup semi-final at Holm Park.

Enniskillen Rangers' hat-trick hero Jason Keenan was celebrating after his side's 5-1 win over Bessbrook United at Annagh United's Tandragee Road ground while Eamon Hughes and Nathan Garland-ONeill netted at Holm Park as Willowbank saw off NFC Kesh 2-0. Pictures: Irish FA

Competitive football finally returned to Northern Ireland last night for the first time since March when the game here was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, with Willowbank and Enniskillen Rangers reaching the final of the fonaCab IFA Junior Cup.

In the semi-final at Annagh United's Tandragee Road ground, Fermanagh and Western outfit Rangers, seeking their fourth Junior Cup triumph in a row, defeated Bessbrook 5-1 with Jason Keenan netting a hat-trick and Christopher Currie and Stuart Rainey also finding the net.

The game had been level after 70 minutes, largely thanks to Bessbrook goalkeeper Connor Ruddy's sterling efforts although Steven Matthews did hit the post with a powerful header at the other end.

Keenan eventually broke the stalemate, sparking a frenzied final 20 minutes as Declan Monaghan briefly made it 2-1 before Rangers secured a four-goal win.

The other last-four encounter saw Belfast-based Willowbank overcome Kesh 2-0 at Holm Park in Armagh with Eamon Hughes and and Nathan Garland-O'Neill on target for the Falls Road side.

Skipper Hughes opened the scores with a penalty after only eight minutes and Kesh's Mark Jones had tested goalkeeper Ciaran Kelly before Garland-O'Neill made the game safe 14 minutes from time.

Both games were played without supporters having originally been scheduled to take place four months ago at different venues.

Belfast Telegraph