FAI ENDA MCGUILL UNDER 19 CUP
FAI UNDER 19 ENDA MCGUILL UNDER 19 CUP
CLOSE CALL FOR SHELS IN CUP CLASH
SHELBOURNE……. 2 COBH RAMBLERS…… 1
A goal in each half proved just about enough to see Shelbourne edge out a battling Cobh Ramblers at Tolka Park and claim a place in the last four of the FAI Enda McGuill Under 19 Cup.
The home side dominated the opening half and Ramblers ‘keeper Arthur Nganon had to be at his best early on to push over Harry Groome’s finish from a deep Cormac Buckley cross.
While Deric Hyland’s effort was kept out by defender Jamie O’Sullivan with a brilliant block as Shels looked likely to go ahead.
The opener did arrived on 23 minutes after Groome’s through pass gave Hyland the chance to run past the Ramblers defence but Nganon rushed off his line and only succeeded in taking down the Shels striker, picking up a yellow card in the process.
Hyland was quickly back on his feet and coolly sent Nganon the wrong way with a firmly struck penalty kick.
By JOHN HUDSON
That lead only lasted another three minutes when in probably their first attack of the half Andrew Cronin struck home a long range shot which sailed over Jack Lydon in the home goal.
Hyland might have restored the Shels advantage early after the resumption but he put his header from Alec Cetiner’s cross well over,
Shels continued to press and Nganon was alert to pounce on the ball as Groome prepared to apply the finish.
Then a neat move between Hyland and Cetiner saw the winger’s effort blocked by O’Sullivan.
The pressure was finally rewarded with 20 minutes remaining when Robert Lyons connected sweetly to crack home a first time drive from just outside the Cobh area to edge Shels in front.
Cobh kept plugging away for a second equaliser Michael O’Rourke had a shot charged down and despite a huge shout for a penalty they were denied by some excellent defending by the determined home back four with Seamus Curley and Graig Giles giving outstanding performances to see Shels through to the semi finals.
Graham Kane’s side will now join holders Bohemians, Sligo Rovers and the winners of next week’s Derry City v Shamrock Rovers quarter final tie at the Brandywell in the semi final draw.
SHELBOURNE: Jack Lydon; Michael McHugh, Seamus Curley, Craig Gikles, Conor Brady; Robert Lyons (Franc Haba 72), Aaron Connolly; Abdul Rasag Alumu (Aidamo Emaku 82), Harry Groome (Jack Doyle 72), Alec Cetiner; Deiric Hyland.
COBH RAMBLERS: Arthur Nganon; Cprmac Buckley (Evan Donlon 83), Jamie O’Sullivan, Conor Walsh (Cathal Crowley 36), Stephen O’Connor; Michael M O’Rourke, Ben Healy; Andrew Cronin, Mikey Foley (Alex Minihane 72), Chris O’Reilly; Robin Ward (Evan O’Leary 79).
Referee: Mark Moynihan