By JOHN HUDSON (Photos: Anto O’Brien)
|Metropolitan Cup Semi Final|
CRUMLIN UNITED ….2 MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY TOWN……0
TWO cracking second half goals from wingers Craig Walsh and Alan McGreal saw Crumlin United get the better of Maynooth University Town at Armagh Road and book a place in the Metropolitan Cup Final.
Martin Loughran’s side who will now be contesting their third major cup final of the season and they will face old rivals Bluebell United who were 2-0 winners over Collinstown in the night’s other semi final.
After suffering defeats to Avondale United in the FAI Intermediate Cup and Malahide United in the Charlie Cahill decider Crumlin will be hoping the Metropolitan final will bring about a change of fortune.
The meeting of the champions of the two top LSL intermediate divisions saw both goalkeepers called into action during an exciting first half.
Maynooth’s David Sterio did well to keep out shots from Walsh and Thomas Hyland as the home side pressed for an early opener.
The visitors were giving as good as they got with Darragh Reynor forcing David Meehan to tip over a fierce drive and later David Burke burst through on the right and fired in a low drive that beat Meehan but full back Alan Barrett was on hand to clear.
The half ended with honours even and the result still very much in the balance.
However that all changed a couple of minutes after the resumption when Crumlin finally made the break through.
McGreal fired over a high cross from the left and Walsh was on hand to get past the Maynooth defence and steer the ball over Sterio for the opening goal.
Maynooth responded in fine style and might have got back on terms in a good spell around the hour mark.
Reynor tested Meehan who was happy to concede a corner after he spilled the effort.
Then a scramble in the Crumlin goal mouth after Meehan was caught off his line saw Eoin McDermott have his shot blocked and led to Maynooth gaining a couple of quick corners that David Fagan managed to head clear under pressure.
Maynooth’s best chance fell to midfielder David Colgan who got on the end of a Reynor free but his half volley was held by Meehan.
Crumlin sealed the win with eight minutes remaining when Walsh picked out McGreal with a superb cross from the left and the cool McGreal cleverly slipped past Jake Corrigan and beat Sterio with a cracking left footed drive into the top corner.
CRUMLIN UNITED: David Meehan; Alan Barrett, David Fagan, Blair Mandiangu, Garreth Brady; Thomas Hyland, James Lee; Craig Walsh, Conor Murphy, Alan McGreal; Liam Brady. Subs: Sean Hardind (for G Brady 67), Sam Burgess (for McGreal 83), Mark Keeley, John Sullivan, Daniel McGuinness, Gary Murphy, Michael Quinn.
MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY TOWN: David Sterio; Darragh Gannon, Conor Dunne, Conor Mooney, Jake Corrigan; Mark Colgan, Darragh Reynor; Daniel Burke, Conor Foley, Gary Daly; Eoin McDermott. Subs: Jason Grouse (for Daly 69), David Travers (for McDermott 81), Gavin Kinsella, Yousef Belhout, Dylan Hennessy, David McNamara.
Referee: Eddie Reilly Assistants: John McCarthy, Owen Murphy.