PIKE ROVERS TO FACE VILLA IN CENTENARY FAI JUNIOR CUP FINAL
GOALS from Evan Patterson and Eoin Hanrahan booked Pike Rovers’ place in the Centenary FAI Junior Cup final at the expense of LSL Major Sunday Oliver Bond Celtic at Richmond Park.
It was the Limerick side who hit the front 25 minutes thanks to Evan Patterson’s excellent finish at the back post after great work from Walsh O’Loghlen to set up the goal.
But in front of a bumper crowd in Inchicore OBC hit back almost instantly with Stephen Sandford netting with a hint of a deflection.
Both sides were fully committed and produced a rip-roaring contest in front of an appreciative audience.
Level at the break it was the Limerickmen who got their noses in front with what proved to be the winning goal. A needless free kick for a push in the back saw player manager Robbie Williams deliver a free kick to the back post and Eoin Hanrahan rose highest to head back across goal to find the OBC net.
Oliver Bond threw everything at Pike but the visitors showed a huge hunger and resilience and Gary Neville was excellent with a safe pair of hands while interval substitute Danny O’Neill was also impressive in his defensive duties as well as getting forward to link up the attack.
Great credit to Oliver Bond for hiring out Richmond Park with the main stand full to the brim and a brilliant atmosphere in a game that was an excellent advertisement for the amateur game.
Oliver Bond had come into the game with four central defenders on the injury list but the club were not looking for excuses and were magnanimous in defeat with Eddie Keogh saying: “Brilliant game today lads. A great cup team and you deserved your success. Safe home and best of luck in the final.
MEANWHILE in Waterford Villa FC overcame Salthill Devon on a 4-1 scoreline at Connors Park with goals from Cian Browne (2) and Dean Walsh (2).
Salthill Devon’s cause was not helped with a first half red card for their netminder. Villa moved into a three-nil lead before the Galwaymen pulled one back but a fourth goal was just reward for a dominant Waterford side.