AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV D NORTH: ST. ITA’S……….. 2-2…… WHITEHALL RANGERS
Forty-five years ago, give or take a couple of months, Whitehall Rangers won the FAI Junior Cup with a 2-0 victory over Ballynanty of Limerick in front of a huge crowd at Tolka Park.
Just though I’d tell you all. Anyway Rangers travelled down to Portrane to face a St. Ita’s side that had been impressive this term. Overseen by the legend that is Ray Lynch.
The hosts were of the front foot early doors and they almost went in front in minute 9. A superb through ball from Richie Neville sent Niall Tormley away and his low effort was met with a superb save from Jeff Corbally.
Having weathered a small storm, Rangers had the temerity to hit the front in the 19th minute. Joe O’Sullivan refused to give up on a ball it appeared he had lost but he managed to toe-poke it back from the byline and the unfortunate Alan Byrne couldn’t get out of the way as it bounced off him into the net.
The goal seemed to spur Rangers on and they probably should have doubled the advantage on 24 when Peader O’Sullivan’s header missed the target from a Pierce O’Sullivan header on the left.
The sides though were level at the break when Tormley turned home an Antonio Pruguali cross from the left with the deftest of flicks. A tremendous piece of improv from Will Waldron oh so nearly restored the advantage for Rangers just before the half-time whistle.
On 53 though they were back in front when Joe O’Sullivan headed home via a wicked deflection after he met Eric McGillveray’s cross from the right.
The goal of the game however came in the 80th minute after Rangers had their numbers reduced via a red-card. Kevin Blount picked up the ball in the centre-circle and skipped by tackles right to left with gay abandon before slipping the ball past Corbally from eight yards and the spoils were shared
St. Ita’s: Jonathon Kane, Colm Flynn, Alan Byrne, Richard Neville, Niall Mahon, Ian Kiernan, Brian Tighe, Brendan O’Shea, John Kavanagh, Ian O’Toole, Niall Tormley, Kevin Blount, David Rogers, Valerio Visconti, Darren Taylor, Antonio Pruguali, Paul Brunty.
Whitehall Rangers: Jeff Corbally, Liam O’Shea, Alan Sullivan, Keith Geoghegan, Tony Fahey, John Smyth, Billy Shelley, Damien Cooke, Will Waldron, Joe O’Sullivan, Jason O’Keeffe, Mark Somers, Eric McGillveray, Brian Keenan, Peader O’Sullivan, Pierce O’Sullivan.
Referee: Ray Lynch.