YELLOWSTONE CELTIC..1 KILDRUM TIGERS..1
(Yellowstone win 5-4 on pens)
YELLOWSTONE CELTIC lowered the colours of Donegal’s Kildrum Tigers to march into the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup for the first time with a penalty shootout success at Brickfields all-weather Park on Friday last.
The Ulster visitors have a decent pedigree in this knockout competition but the Major 1 LSL Sunday side are enjoying a fine season themselves and are currently third behind MP FC and Enniskerry in the battle for Major 1 Sunday domestic honours.
Yellowstone also accounted for Carlow’s Crettyard United in the Leinster Junior Cup and manager Johnny McLaren has his troops fit and motivated and playing some excellent football this season, having won the Premier Sunday title last season.
On a brisk evening in south Dublin Yellowstone edged the early skirmishes as the game hit the ground running at a decent pace without any clear-cup chances falling either side’s way.
Twenty minutes into the game excellent pressure by Gavin Doyle saw him win possession and he raced goalwards but his cross found Dylan Kelly in an offside position and the opportunity was lost.
Yellowstone continued to probe for openings but Kildrum were growing in confidence and were beginning to see more of the ball. They looked to feed the ball into the feet of former League of Ireland star Kevin McHugh but Carl Murray’s close marking ensured McHugh was kept on a tight leash.
Then, somewhat against the run of play Shane Porter blasted a 25 yard rocket to the Yellowstone net to give the Donegalmen a lead which they held until the interval.
Yellowstone continued where they had left off probing the visitors’ defence and although opportunities were at a premium, Gavin doyle did find the net only to have it ruled out for offside.
With the clock winding down Yellowstone, refused to panic, but were committing more and more bodies forward in search of an equaliser and centre-half Carl Murray caused havoc getting a flick on off a long throw-in and it found the inrushing Sam Gribben who powered a header to the back of the Kildrum net. Gribben was to earn the Man of the Match gong and the celebrations for his goal could be heard all over Drimnagh on the night.
Extratime was a cagey affair and both sides seemed content to go to penalties to decide who would advance. Up stepped Carl Murray, Dylan Kelly, Gavin Doyle, Alan Bergin and Jake Moloney to find the back of the Kildrum Tigers net and with goalkeeper Mitchell O’Dwyer making a vital save, it was the mighty Yellowstone Celtic of the LSL who march on