FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup - 4th Round
It was a pulsating cup tie played in front of a packed Porterstown Road with a sizeable number having made the long journey from Donegal. The Saints had the better of the opening exchanges playing some nice confident football. The visitors fired an early warning when Kieran McLaughlin rattled the Saints crossbar from 25 yards with a powerful drive. One minute later David Somers was denied by a good save by the Cockhill goalkeeper and the game was end to end with both sides attacking..
The Saints broke the deadlock in the 18th minute when David Somers pounced to finish off Martin O' Neill's header and score his 17th goal of the season. O' Neill's header looked to be going in, Somers made sure and he won't score an easier goal this season. The Saints dominated after the goal with Lancaster and David Somers both denied by good saves. Cockhill equalised against the run of play when Garbhan Friel equalised in the 35th minute with a beautiful volley that nestled in the corner of the net. The equaliser lifted the away side and they finished the half the stronger.
Five minutes after the break Lancaster struck to score a goal that will long in the memory, Jordan was excellent all afternoon and he's a match winner who delivered once again. Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee made a good save in the 77th minute diving to his right. David Somers was close to adding the third three minutes later but he was denied by a good block. Cockhill threw everything at the Saints but it was mostly long hopeful balls and desperation. Goalkeeper Warren Fee would be disappointed to concede the goal but he did very well in the latter stages as the visitors launched balls into the penalty area in search of an equaliser and a replay. The Saints defended heroically with Harrison, Sheridan, Brown all excellent, left back Brian Fitzpatrick was outstanding under pressure with Cockhill playing 5 up top.
It's the second successive season the Saints have defeated Cockhill Celtic. The away side last year cursed some bad luck, bad pitch, bad referee decisions, on Sunday they had no excuse and the better side won. It was tight and not much between the teams but the Saints did enough to win and go into the draw for the quarter final. It was a brilliant performance and another massive result and every player was up for it from the first whistle. Saints manager Brian McCarthy " I'm so proud of all the players, it was a tight game and a magical goal by Jordan won it, overall I think we deserved the win, it's a great result for the club".
Team : Fee, Brown, Harrison, C. Sheridan, Fitzpatrick, Deegan ( Lyons 72 ) K. Somers ( Crowe 75 ) O' Neill, D. Somers, Lancaster ( McCullagh 85 )
Subs : Crowe, Lyons, McCullagh, Doran, M. Sheridan, Wilson, O' Brien.
Report : Derek Nulty.