Cathedral Celtic 2 Grangevale 2
(Cathedral Celtic won 5-3 on pens)
IT TOOK extra time and penalties before Cathedral Celtic booked their place in the second round of the St Michael’s Cup, following a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Grangevale. It was 2-2 after 110 minutes of football.
It was a tight game, with both goalkeepers producing some terrific saves.
The action got underway with Derek Heaphy testing Ryan Kennedy with a low effort and, after some hustle and bustle from both sides, Morgan O’Connor just failed to get a touch on Darren Heaphy’s low cross.
Cathedral then came close when Luke O’Mahony’s header went narrowly over from a corner.
But, it was Grangevale who took the lead, when Dan Harvey headed home from Dave Barrett’s free-kick on 10 minutes. A quick response from Cathedral saw Darren Horgan collect from Morgan O’Connor, before drilling narrowly wide.
Then came the goal of the game. Amidou Caruba won possession near the centre, before releasing Darren Horgan down the right.
Horgan then played a neat one inside to Morgan O’Connor and, after a steadying touch, the winger rifled a beauty into the top corner for a wonderful equaliser.
Another neat move from Cathedral followed, with Darren Heaphy feeding Morgan O’Connor, who worked it on for Deady, but the over-lapping defender skewed wide with his effort.
A ball over the top came into the path of Oliver O’Sullivan, who got a shot away, but Jordan O’Connor got down smartly to push the effort to safety.
This was followed by decent play from Nitu, who weaved past two defenders, before firing low at Kennedy from a tight angle.
Play soon shifted to the other end, with the ball breaking for Dave Barrett, who fired over from 20 yards.
With just minutes to the break, Grangevale took the lead again, when a superb delivery from goalkeeper, Ryan Kennedy, reached Dave Barrett, who scored to hand his side a 2-1 advantage at the interval.
Cathedral were first to threaten in the opening minutes of the second period, when Darren Horgan crossed for Antonio Nitu to head wide.
Nitu was in action again minutes later, this time turning, before forcing Kennedy to a low save. At the other end, Oliver O’Sullivan did well to control a ball over the top, but lifted his final delivery over. And after Darren Heaphy fired wide from Cian Madden’s pass, Corey Harris had a great chance, but fumbled. Cathedral got back in it when a cross from Cian Madden was turned into his own net by Alan Buckley on 70 minutes, which forced the game into extra time. Extra time failed to produce a goal, as Cathedral won 5-3 on penalties.
CATHEDRAL CELTIC: Jordan O’Connor, Darren Horgan, Simon Deady, Luke O’Mahony, Johnnie O’Sullivan, Amidou Garuba, Cian Madden, Darren Heaphy, Antonio Nitu, Derek Heaphy and Morgan O’Connor.
Subs: Alex O’Sullivan and Aaron Skillington for Antonio Nitu and Simon Deady (65), Jamie Coughlan for Darren Horgan (79).
GRANGEVALE: Ryan Kennedy, Diarmuid O’Neill, Aaron Baldwin, Ben Jenkins, Alan Buckley, Dan Harvey, Corey Harris, Dave Barrett, Oliver O’Sullivan, Eric Compagno and William Tabb.
Subs: Timmy Hayes for Ben Jenkins (37), Colin McKeown for Timmy Hayes (70).
Referee: Stephen Moore.