Charlie Cahill Cup Round 2
The opening exchanges were fast and frantic with both sides playing attractive football on a beautiful surface. David Somers fired over the crossbar in the 20th minute with a powerful strike from outside the penalty area. It was a half chance for the gifted Saints forward. Rovers created the first real chance in the game when a terrific move was cleared off the line by Saints centre half Craig Sheridan. Four minutes later the home side carved open the Saints defence and created another chance that was chipped over the crossbar, Doyle did well to narrow the angle and limit the Tolka players options.
The Saints came close to opening the scoring in the 5oth minute when Glen Crowe was agonisedly close to reaching a dangerous Brown cross. One minute later it was 1 -0 to Rovers when Marc Hughes beat Doyle with a beautiful lob that found the roof of the net. The Division 1 league leaders threw everything at Rovers in search of the equaliser and with the game stretched the home side always looked dangerous. The football was excellent, end to end and exciting. Glen Crowe nearly snatched a late equaliser in the 89th minute, but he just couldn't find a good connection on a teasing cross into the danger area, Rovers survived and go into the draw for the third round. Tolka on the balance of play and better chances created deserved to win. It was a cracking cup tie and a well spent €5 on a Wednesday night.
It's the Saints first defeat since Cherry Orchard won in Porterstown road on the 2nd of November. It was a remarkable run and although disappointed to lose a cup game, the Saints departed Frank Cooke Park with so many positives. The gap between the two sides is a lot closer since last seasons fixture, but at the moment the most pleasing aspect is the team is in excellent shape going into Sunday's FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup tie at home to Cockhill Celtic. It wont be easy, and at this level of football-nothing ever is. It promises to be another great cup tie.
Subs : Reilly, Lancaster, M. Sheridan, Brown, McCullagh, Doran, Wilson, Fee.
Match Report : Derek Nulty.