Charlie Cahill Cup: Danu to the rescue as UCD beat champs

by Jonny Stapleton
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Danu Kinsella-Bishop held his nerve to fire the holders out of the Charlie Cahill Cup on Sunday.

Liffey Wanderers’ defence of the prestigious LSL Cup fell at the first hurdle as they were beaten by divisionally inferior but form opposition at Belfield.

The champions had fought their way back into contention after going behind in the first half, forcing extra-time in the process. However, just when it looked like the game was going to penalties the hosts were awarded a penalty.

Up stepped Kinsella-Bishop, who excelled under the ultimate pressure, to score a dramatic last-second winner.

It means the Pearse Street side exit the competition they won by beating student town Maynooth University Town last season to the Students of UCD.

The LSL Senior 1 Sunday side had banana skin written all over them coming into the tie.

They’ve started the season well, scoring goals for fun and had won their opening three league games.

Essential to their bright start of the this term has been LOI underage graduate Ciaran Ryan.

The free-scoring midfielder found the net in every game going into the cup tie and continued his run by firing home the opener on Sunday.

Ryan’s strike gave the home side a single goal advantage going into the break.

The top flight side managed to restore parity when FAI Junior and FAI Intermediate Cup winning defender Dylan Roche found the back of the net on the hour.

That goal ensured extra time ensued and with spot kicks looming, striker Kinsella-Bishop was handed the chance from the spot and fired home the winner.

Crumlin United, another top-flight side with a positive Charlie Cup previous, also excited to lower league opponents on Sunday.

Greystones United of LSL Senior Sunday 1’s scalping knife is that bit sharper than most considering they have unique talent Carl Forsyth in their ranks and fittingly attacking midfielder was on hand to win them the game.

Forsyth scored a screamer for his hometown club against his former club as Stone’s sank Crumlin in the first round.

Home Farm also registered somewhat against the odds Charlie Cup win on Sunday.

The Whitehall outfit defeated an in form Killnamagh by the odd goal in three, registering their first win since the opening day of the season in the process.

Danu Kinsella-Bishop of UCD in action against Lee Grace (right) and Danny Lafferty of Shamrock Rovers during the club friendly between Shamrock Rovers and UCD at Tallaght Stadium; the youngster held his nerve to knock holders Liffey Wanderers out of the prestigious LSL Charlie Cahill Cup last weekend.

Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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