St. Mochta's win 3 - 2 on penalties.
Coyne Cup Quarter Final
The Saints won a dramatic Quarter final in a wind swept Porterstown road. It was another fantastic performance by this young talented side. It was a very even contest with nothing between the two sides. Esker took the lead in the first half, with a goal that went into the net from a corner. The opening goal was a huge lift for the away side. The visitors were defending very well and it took a breath-taking goal by Jake McCormack to equalise. McCormack picked the ball up on the half way line and after evading a couple of tackles he slotted the ball with a beautiful composed finish. It was a superb individual goal and deserved equaliser for the Saints.
Both sides created some chances which could have won it, only to be denied by some top class goalkeeping. Saints goalkeeper, Ahmed was in fine form, he made some excellent saves and his distribution was top class. It was a nervy exciting end to the game and penalties were needed after extra time. Having won on penalties last week, the coaches, players and supporters would have their nerves tested once again. Alex Jones, Jake Brady and Genty all scored with very good penalties. Ahmed saved three penalties and the celebrations could begin. It's never easy to go out on penalties, and it was hard on a very good Esker Celtic side. It was the Saints day and they can now look forward to a semi final. The Saints can be very proud of their performance today.
LSL Division 1
St. Mochta's FC win 5 - 4 on penalties.
FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup - Quarter Final Replay.
The Saints won a dramatic penalty shoot-out win against the Munster Champions. 210 minutes of football could not separate the two sides. The win, sets up Brian McCarthy's side with semi final date with Tolka Rovers. The winners will meet either Crumlin United or Firhouse Clover in the final at the Aviva Stadium.
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.
LSL Division 1
The Saints increased their lead at the top of the table with a hard fought win against Greystones United. It was the second 4-1 defeat of the season inflicted on the side from Wicklow. The scoreline flattered the Saints and it was tough on a Greystones side who battled hard, and had ambitions of a point until David Somers made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute. Glen Crowe and Karl Somers were absent due to illness, although the side was likely to be freshened up today.
Paul McCullagh opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he headed home Brian Kelly's cross. Kelly on the right found some space and his delightful inch perfect cross was headed home by the centre forward, who scored his first goal for the club. The lead didn't last long, three minutes later it was all square, Shay Brien beat Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee with a low powerful drive that nestled in the bottom corner. The league leaders enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half, although not many clear cut chances were created. Greystones looked to be going into the break the happier of the two sides, but that all changed when Martin O' Neill restored the lead with a powerful header from Jordan Lancaster's set piece.
Greystones who are at the wrong end of the table, came out in the second half and they would have to throw caution to the wind. It was a largely scrappy second half, although that suited the visitors. Paul McCullagh was replaced in the 55th minute by Reilly, McCullagh picked up an injury, it was a disappointing end to his game after scoring his first goal for the club. Warren Fee's crossbar was struck with a header, and four minutes later he made a terrific point blank save to keep the lead intact. Although it wasn't a nervy Porterstown road, the Saints needed the third goal and a cushion. It arrived in the 82nd minute when David Somers was gifted his 21st goal of the season, thanks to a sloppy clearance from the goalkeeper that fell to Somers who slotted the ball home into the empty net. John Reilly added the fourth in the dying minutes of the game, with an empathic finish after he linked up with substitute Aaron O' Brien. Another three points. Job done.
Manager Brian McCarthy was delighted with the win " It's a great result, Greystones have had some excellent results and they played with confidence, Karl Somers and Glen Crowe were absent today due to illness, that illustrates the strength in the squad, we had a really strong bench, I'm delighted with the win, Paul scored his first goal for the club, with other results going our way, it's a great day for us".
Team : Fee, Kelly, C. Sheridan, Harrison, Smith, Deegan, O' Neill, Lancaster ( Wilson 80 ) D. Somers, Dixon ( O' Brien 76 ) McCullagh ( Reilly 55 )
Subs : Wilson, Doran, M. Sheridan, Reilly, O' Brien, Brown.
Report : Derek Nulty.
FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup - Quarter Final
The Saints departed Cork with a replay, after a hard fought game played in difficult conditions. A stalemate in a game of few clear - cut chances in Cork. Urged on by a big away following, the Saints couldn't find a winning goal, a draw was a great result especially when not firing on all cylinders.
The strong wind certainly didn't help either side, UCC playing with the wind in the first half had plenty of possession, Sean O' Callaghan was a constant threat with his pace and deliveries. Warren Fee in the Saints goal was rarely tested, he made a good save from distance in the 28th minute, he was confident, solid, and he cleared some dangerous balls in his penalty area. The LSL division 1 league leaders will be disappointed not to have tested the UCC goalkeeper more, a John Reilly shot that went wide in the 38th minute after he found some space from Crowe's pass was the best chance.
We have seen some fantastic attacking football all season, defensively the team were solid with Harrison and Craig Sheridan winning vital headers and intercepting some dangerous crosses into the penalty area. Brian Kelly was the Man of the Match, the Saints right back had an outstanding game, he got forward, won so many tackles and always retained possession. Martin O' Neill simply refuses to be beaten and he covered every blade of wind swept grass. Substitutes Brown and Doran can be pleased with their contributions. It was nervy, tense and two top class sides cancelled each other out, excellent defending and hard work ensured the score-sheet remained goalless.
Brian McCarthy was happy to have another chance to reach the semi final "We prepared very well for the game, I'm not too disappointed with the result, although conditions didn't help, we can play much better, but we are still in the cup and have home advantage, we look forward to the replay".
Team : Fee, Smith, ( Doran 25 ) Harrison ( Brown 58 ) Kelly, Deegan, O' Neill, K. Somers, Reilly, Crowe ( Lancaster 69 ) D. Somers.
Subs : Doran, Lancaster, Brown, O' Brien, M. Sheridan, McCullagh.
Report : Derek Nulty.
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