St. Mochta's FC 4 - 2 St. James's Gate AET
St. James's Gate opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a very tidy finish the into the corner of the net. Two minutes later, Fee was beaten again. A St. James's gate shot took a slight deflection and Fee was helpless as the ball sailed over his head into the roof of the net. The Saints had to respond and they took the game to St. James's Gate. Jonathan Lyons and Crowe both forced the keeper into making saves from headers. Man of the match Craig Sheridan hit the post in the 33rd minute after a goal mouth scramble. Sheridan was outstanding alongside the inspirational captain Martin O' Neill. The St. James's Gate goalkeeper made a fantastic save in the 40th minute pushing a powerful Lyons free kick away to safety. Three minutes before the break, Jordan Lancaster pulled a goal back after he was found after a clever pass by John Reilly. Lancaster's finish was into the corner of the net and it was a huge lift going into half time.
Aaron O' Brien was introduced at half time for Jonathan Lyons. It was a big call but O' Brien had to be introduced. Lyons the unlucky one to make way. Five minutes later Gavin Smith replaced Brian Kelly. Brian has been another fantastic signing and he's had an excellent season. The Saints dominated the second half with Crowe and O' Brien both having good chances. The St. James's Gate defence was under constant pressure and they made some fantastic last ditch tackles to keep the Saints at bay. Fee made an unbelievable save in the 65th minute to deny what looked a certain goal. Gary Hilliard replaced John Reilly with 15 minutes remaining. It was the last roll of the dice and with the clock ticking the huge Saints following were urging our heroes on. The Saints dominance finally paid off when Lancaster's shot took a deflection and hit the back of the net. The goal came in the 88th minute and although it had a slice of luck, nobody can argue it wasn't deserved. Anyone in Kiltiernan who was having a nice Sunday lie on would have been woken by the huge roar and celebration that followed Lancaster's late equaliser.
Two minutes into extra time Aaron O' Brien gave the Saints the lead with a beautiful lob over the keepers head into the back of the net. Gavin Smith's inch perfect long range pass opened up the Gate defence and O'Brien finished in style. Fee made another brilliant save two minutes later at his back post. Glen Crowe made it 4-2 in the second period of extra time when he beat the offside trap and scored with a brilliant finish to seal the win. Glen has scored goals for fun all season. He had another superb game yesterday and his experience and class is so important to the team.
Two promotions and a cup in two years is an unbelievable achievement. Our management and coaching staff are exceptional. Bobby Ryan and Paul Mc Nally deserve enormous credit alongside our Manager Brian Mc Carthy. It's a dream team and with Stefano Manassero working his magic the players are always in safe hands. Thanks to all the players, this cup means so much to everyone in the club. Every single player has played his part and they have cemented their names in the history of the football club. With the cup win and promotion our dreams became reality. Thank you.
Team : Fee, Wilson, Harrison, Mc Nally, Kelly, C.Sheridan, M. O' Neill ( C ), Lyons, Reilly, Lancaster, Crowe.
Subs : O' Brien - Lyons ( 45 )
Smith - Kelly ( 50 )
Hilliard - Reilly ( 76)
Westend Barbers Man of the Match : Luke Harrison.