Herald Metropolitan Cup
Conor Riddick opened the scoring for Wanderers on 15 minutes with a beautifully hit shot that flew into the corner of the net. David Somers equalised on the half hour mark pouncing on a sloppy back pass, he poked the ball home past the advancing goalkeeper. Our smallest away following of the season were enjoying a good open game of football despite the tough conditions. Warren Fee made a fine save on 32 minutes, parrying a shot away from outside the penalty area. Keith Dunne was denied a goalscoring chance with a superb last ditch tackle on 35 minutes. David Somers's delightful ball over the top of the Wanderers defence sent Dunne away but the defender did well to block the danger. There was nothing to separate the sides as the referee blew the whistle for half time.
Five minutes after the break, Wanderers took the lead. Lee Roche's free kick sailed over the wall and nestled in the top corner. It was a fantastic free kick which goalkeeper Warren Fee a spectator. Craig Sheridan was withdrawn through injury three minutes later. Mark O' Neill slotted in to centre half with John Reilly entering the fray. Keith Dunne was denied with a header from O' Reilly's delivery on the hour mark. The keeper made a fine point blank save, although Dunne will be disappointed not to have hit the back of the net. Wanderers spurned a great chance to make it 3 -1 on 64 minutes, a free header from a corner went high over the crossbar.
The games major talking point arrived on 66 minutes when Warren Fee was shown a straight red card. The advancing Saints goalkeeper collided with the striker in the penalty area. The Referee appeared to point for a free kick out, then a penalty. Finally he produced a yellow card for the LIffey Wanderers player and then dismissed Fee. Surely if it's a red card it's a penalty. Niall O' Reilly took over goalkeeping duties, and his first task was to take a goal kick. The home side missed a couple of half chances as the Saints had to throw caution to the wind. Jarod Flynn and Aaron O' Brien were both introduced in the latter stages, and despite applying some pressure Wanderers held firm and advance to the next round.
It's another defeat, nothing is going for us at the moment. The Saints need a win, and some luck, The sooner they both arrive the better.
Team : Fee, Smith, Sheridan ( Reilly 53 )Carrig, O' Reilly, Deegan ( Flynn 70 )K. Somers, Mark O' Neill, D. Somers, Dixon ( O' Brien 81) Dunne.
Subs : O' Brien, Flynn, Reilly, McDermott.
Report : Derek Nulty.