O’NEILLS LFA OVER 35 LEINSTER CUP:
SANDYHILL/SHANGAN 3 (1) TRINITY DONAGHMEDE 3 (4)
Early days in The LFA Cup for the over 35’s but the winner of this second round game between Sandyhill/Shangan and Trinity Donaghmede would be entitled to fancy themselves to go all the way.
Sandyhill top the Premier Division at present and Trinity are the cup holders. A big crowd turned out to watch this one played on the immaculate Coultry Park pitch.
Sandyhill sprang from the traps and in the second minute Steo Coleman and Pat Groves combined to send Clive Ross in but he fired wide and two later Ross sent Ciaran Ryan in but Trevor Owens saved his effort.
So it was probably against the run of things when Trinity went in front after 10. Mark Shannon fed Stephen Byrne close in, he looked like he had lost it but managed to get it back to Shannon who found the net from four yards.
Midway through the half it was almost two when Keith O’Neill caressed a long ball from the back into Byrne’s path but Geoff Corbally got down well to save.
Two minutes later the lead was doubled when Byrne raced after a ball over the top and slid it into an unmarked Austin Skelly and he slotted it home.
Skelly then struck a post with a free-kick from way out right and you felt it might have been done and dusted had it gone in.
With 8 left in the half ‘Rossy’ played a perfect ball in for Ryan who headed to the net to make it 2-1 and Sandyhill began to take control again.
A Pat Groves header was cleared from the line from a Ross corner out left and then with a minute remaining in the half a delightful Ryan free-kick found the net from 20 yards to make it 2-2.
In the 41st minute Steo Coleman broke down right, jinked to the byline and squared for Willie Coleman who fired to the net and amazingly Sandyhill went in leading 3-2.
Six minutes into the second half Steo Coleman cut in from the left and Owens did well to get a hand on his low effort from the edge.
In the 59th minute it seemed there were a few queueing up for Skelly’s corner from the right but nobody got a head to it and the danger was cleared.
With 18 remaining another Skelly corner on the right bought a dummy from Damien Kelly and it looked like O’Neill back-heeled to the net.
Three-all then and the drama was by no means over. With five remaining Owens got down well to save another Steo Coleman effort and got up in time to save the rebound from Ryan.
Apparently though Trevor wasn’t satisfied yet. Shortly afterwards Ross went down in the box but Owens saved the Steo Coleman spot-kick. Three later Coleman himself was felled and referee Gary Leeper again pointed to the spot.
Coleman stood up again but redemption wasn’t his as he blasted towards the roof of the net but Owens flew across and threw a glove at it to save again.
Then it went to penalties and guess who was the hero once more? Trevor Owens saving two and Trinity banged home their first four to advance after a breathtaking game of football.
Sandyhill/Shangan: Geoff Corbally, Clive Ross, Graham Conway, Andre Warren, Patrick Groves, Derek Barry, Paul Delahunty, William Coleman, Stephen Coleman, Ciaran Ryan, Michael Rafferty, Alan Brien, David Elliott, Jeff Conway, Alan Groves, Darren Nolan, John Ryan, Robert Farrell.
Trinity/Donaghmede: Trevor Owens, Mark Shannon, Ian Hanley, Gerard Murphy, Keith Bruen, Keith O’Neill, Fran Matthews, Alan Murphy, Austin Skelly, Gareth O’Connor, Anthony Geraghty, Gareth O’Connor, Damien Kelly, Samuel Brown, Stephen Byrne, Gavin Whelan, Paul Larkin.
Referee: Gary Leeper. Assistants: Mark Gallagher, Sarah Dyas.
By DERMOT CLARKE
WEDNESDAY 31st July
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