St. Mochta's FC win 5 - 4 on penalties.
FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup - Quarter Final Replay.
The Saints were led onto the pitch by our young stars from our Under 9 red team, a nice touch recognising our young stars with their heroes. It was a game of few chances, both sides worked extremely to gain the upper hand with an all important first goal. Luke Harrison went close with a header in the 27th minute from Jordan Lancaster's corner. Jordan Lancaster and Craig Sheridan both had shots from distance that went close to breaking the deadlock. UCC caused the Saints problems with some dangerous crosses, Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee was solid and confident. Something would have to give and it looked to have arrived in the first period of extra time when the Saints were awarded a penalty for handball. It was a controversial decision and the complaints from UCC were waved away. It was a harsh decision, although the but referee's assistant was in direct line with the incident and he immediately waved his flag. David Somers was denied his 22nd goal of the season by a brilliant save by the goalkeeper, it was a good penalty into the corner with pace. The visitors had the final chance in extra time when a dangerous cross just evaded the incoming forward, who was inches away from winning it.
UCC dispatched four penalties in ruthless fashion after Jonathan Lyons's first penalty for the Saints was saved. Jason Abbott, Cian Murphy, Andy Gannon and Sean O' Callaghan all beat Warren Fee. John Reilly, Gavin Smith and Luke Harrison all made no mistake for the Saints. Warren Fee kept the Saints in the cup making a superb save form UCC's fifth penalty. Man of the Match Craig Sheridan made no mistake scoring the Saints fifth. Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee made an incredible save diving to his left to give the Saints the advantage. Porterstown road descended into a hush as Brian Kelly had the lonely walk up to try and win it for the Saints. Brian made no mistake and blasted his penalty into the back of the net to send Porterstown road delirious.
A relived, Brian McCarthy paid tribute to his players " The lads were outstanding, I'm so proud of them all, it was another very tough game, penalties can go either way, but I think we created the better chances".
It's a fantastic achievement for the club, we are witnessing the best side in the clubs history. The team have illustrated all season, they are a very difficult side to beat. It's a team that never knows when it's beaten, it's a side with plenty of character and talent. The Saints march on..
Team : Fee, Kelly, C. Sheridan, Harrison, Fitzpatrick, Deegan, K. Somers ( Smith 113 ) O' Neill ( Lyons 73 ) Lancaster ( Crowe 73 ) D. Somers, Reilly.
Subs : Crowe, Smith, Wilson, M. Sheridan, Lyons, O' Brien, Brown, McCullagh.
Report : Derek Nulty.