OLIVER BOND CELTIC…….1 CARBURY FC………………….0
OLIVER BOND CELTIC advanced to the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup with a hard earned – but deserved – victory over Sligo Leitrim side Carbury FC at the Brickfields in Drimnagh this afternoon.
Oliver Bond desperately needed a hero on a miserable wet day at the Brickfields and they found one late on in Ciaran Walsh who delivered the killer blow close to the death of this intriguing cup battle – much to the delight of the sizeable following – most of whom were rooting for OBC.
By EAMON SCOTT
The western side’s game plan of sitting in and looking to hit OBC on the break resulted in the home side having lots of possession but a lot of the play was lateral as they probed for openings.
Carbury rarely got out of their half but they defended very well and goalkeeper Mark Rooney and sweeper Colm Jinks were excellent in clearing all that OBC threw at them.
FAI Amateur international Jimmy McHugh had a couple of early chances which came to nought for Oliver Bond Celtic but a heavy landing on his back and then a collision with Jinks saw the OBC striker frustratingly forced out of the game with just 23 minutes on the clock.
Having started without midfield powerhouse Mikey Malone and wideman Willo McAdam, OBC were shorn of their cutting edge and it showed as they lacked that rapierlike quality to their normal swashbuckling play.
Carbury rarely broke upfield but Mack McGoldrick, Ross McLoughlin and Jason Lyons all looked capable of doing damage – given half a chance. Still the deadlock prevailed but OBC shook up their shape at the break and Rooney had to be alert as he made a one handed save to stop a goalbound shot in the 47th minute.
The possession was more 80-20 in favour of Oliver Bond but as the rain teemed down it looked as if it would take something special to break the deadlock as the Major Sunday LSL side’s continuous probing lacked that killer pass or finish while Carbury seldom saw sight of Jake Carey’s goal.
But on 58 minutes Carbury had two quick chances in the space of a couple of minutes with Jason Lyons’ header parried away by Carey for a corner and from the ensuing kick a shot flashed past the upright. Carey also spread himself to stop a goalbound shot from Ross McLoughlin as the Sligo Leitrim side showed that they had something to offer as an attacking force.
It had taken a long time for them to show that side of their game but that let-off spurred Oliver Bond into a sustained high press as Carbury came close to buckling.
Troy Carey’s introduction had given OBC a more lively front line and he tried to carve out a sight of goal but Carbury defended heroically while Carl Bateman joined the attack looking for the elusive breakthrough.
But still the deadlock prevailed as the match rolled on to 90 minutes and eventually Declan Troy blew for fulltime to signal 20 minutes of extratime.
Carbury then had a couple of sights of goal but again the Oliver Bond door was slammed shut. As the second period of extratime kicked off most in attendance would have been convinced we were heading for penalties – but that was ruling out a piece of magic being pulled out of the hat.
Step up Ciaran Walsh.
He’d had a solid game probing down the right hand side of the OBC backline and with seven minutes left to play he ventured forward with the ball at his feet. As his options seemed limited 35 yards out he let fly with a stunning strike which had deadly accuracy as it flew to the back of the Carbury net.
It was game set and match and a goal worthy of winning any game. Carbury forced to commit bodies forward tried to push upfield in a last desperate attempt to take the game to penalties, OBC however used their experience to see it out and Declan Troy’s shrill whistle brought an end to a titanic Brickfield’s battle.
Carbury’s game plan came very close to working but Oliver Bond genuinely deserved their success and with a fit Jimmy McHugh, Willo McAdam and Mikey Malone restored to the starting line-up will be a tougher opponent for their last 16 opponents.
OLIVER BOND CELTIC:Jake Carey; Cian Byrne, Aaron Fagan, Dillon Quinn, Ciaran Walsh, Carl Bateman, Sean McManus, Alan King, Thomas Hannon, James McHugh, Chris Clarke. Subs: Sean Gannon, Scott Thomson, Troy Carey, Ger Noone, James Smith, Luke Johnston, Stephen Sandford.
CARBURY FC: Mark Rooney; Gary Finan, Mark Hannon, Ryan McManus, Gerry Brennan, Mark McGoldrick, Niall McKenna, Jason Lyons, Ross McLoughlin, Tyler Staddler, Colm Jinks. Subs: Gareth Kelly, Kyle Crawley, Leo McNamara, Andrew McLoughlin.
Referee: Declan Troy.