Sports Gear Direct Shield Quarter-Final
District 11 4 – 2 OBS
DISTRICT 11 recorded their fifth shield win in-a-row by knocking out premier opponents OBS at the G.A.C.A. Grds. last Sunday afternoon, writes Finbarr Buckley.
The visitors were rocked by early goals from Dean Mooney and Caolan O’Callaghan but halved the deficit through Dave Manley. After Mooney and Luke O’Connor extended the host’s lead, Steve Corbett set up Fletcher Flynn for a second for OBS. However, District held on to progress to the last four for the first time in their short history.
Satellite Taxis 2 – 2 Marlboro Trust (Satellite won 5-4 on pens.)
In an all premier tie, 2010 winners Marlboro Trust went agonizingly close to knocking out the three time finalists and twice winners in an enthralling contest at Deerpark Secondary School last Sunday morning. After a goalless first-half, Breff McCarthy put Taxis one up from the penalty-spot only for the visitors to get back on level terms from an own goal following a corner. With the tie on a knife edge, Kevin O’Sullivan edged Trust in front from a brilliant individual finish before Damien O’Mahony popped up to recue Satellite with barely three minutes remaining. Satellite scored all five kicks in the resultant shoot-out, goalkeeper Brian McPolin making a terrific save to deny Trust, to reach their fourth semi-final in six years.
Doolan’s Cow 3 – 0 UCC Utd.
Holders Doolan’s eased into the last four with a comfortable win over UCC at Mayfield Community School. Aaron Hennessy (2) and James Cotter netted for the hosts who are now unbeaten in nineteen consecutive shield matches stretching back to November 26th 2019.
Sports Gear Direct Premier Division
Jason O’Neill Electrical 1 – 4 Martin Harvey Solicitors
Jason O’Neill Electrical and MHS met for the first time in the top flight at Mayfield Pk. It was JONE’s first outing while the visitors were still smarting from a five-nil drubbing by Crookstown Utd. After MHS raced into a three-nil first-half lead through Luke Magee, Alan Nugent and Dave O’Leary, Darren McCarthy reduced the deficit An own goal settled the contest and although JONE finished strongly, Harvey’s greater experience was a key factor in the destination of the points. Substitutes Eddie Barry and Eoin Duke were impressive for the home side.
SCS Crookstown Utd. 2 – 3 Healy O’Connor Solicitors
Healy’s pipped Crookstown with a late finish from Stephen Dwyer after the hosts had clawed back a two-nil deficit through a James Kelleher header and a 53rd minute equalizer from Eoin Drummy. Earlier, captain Francis O’Callaghan and Shane Murphy had Healy’s two up inside the opening twenty-one minutes. Crookstown’s young keeper Conor Murphy made a number of notable saves with striker Michael Deasy and Kelleher the pick of United’s outfield eleven.
Sports Gear Direct First Division
Lion’s Den 2 – 1 Finbarr Galvin’s Derrow Rovers
The Lion’s Den made it two wins out of two by winning their best of three goal encounter with Derrow Rovs. Sam Kelleher opened the scoring with a fine finish after five minutes before Rory Galvin equalized for the visitors on the half hour. With fifteen minutes remaining, Ali Crowley struck the winner. Crowley and Steve Keane were outstanding for the winners with Matthew Weafer and Kyle Buttimer the pick of the visitor’s eleven.
The Weigh Inn 2 – 2 Longboats
The Weigh Inn dropped their first points after being held at home by a battling Longboats’ eleven. Ger Bradley and Killian Kelleher were on target for the hosts with Paul Fenn and Keith Donovan replying for the visitors who also remain unbeaten courtesy of two draws and a win. Kelleher, Lloyd Cambridge and Ross Leahy impressed for the Dripsey outfit.
Co. Council 2 – 3 Daz Barbers
Two teams in search of a first win met at the Regional Pk. last Sunday morning and following a stirring contest, the Barbers came out on top by odd goal in five. The visitors were forced to play former, RPH, Marlboro Trust and MiDaza Rebels’ trophy winner Arainn McGrath in goal and after a magnificent display between the posts, it was fitting that he inspired a memorable win. After Mario Focsa put Council one up, Kevin O’Donoghue leveled before the break. Luke Delaney nudged Daz in front before Focsa banged in his second of the match. With six minutes remaining, Chris Wall poached the winner for Daz whose best included McGrath, Anthony Goulding and Pa McAuliffe.
Cork Hospitals 1 – 1 Telus International
A screamer from former Roches Stores’ cup winner Gavin Woods in the 75th minute secured a point for Cork Hospitals at The Farm. Colm Daly opened the scoring for the visitors and just when it looked like Telus’ goalkeeper Jack Milne would deny the Hospitals at least a draw after making a series of top class saves, Woods’ equalized with the sweetest of strikes into the top corner.
VIP Barbers 0 – 3 Brew Boys
Brew Boys picked up their second win on the road to stay in touch with the leaders after Jonathan McCarthy, Sean Hamelin and Jamie Noonan supplied the goals for Anthony Cody’s charges.