Doyle content despite cup exit

by Dave Donnelly

FAI Senior Cup
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LUCAN United manager John Doyle said he was happy with his side’s performance despite bowing out of the FAI Cup at the last 16 stage with defeat to Crumlin United.

New signing Paddy Seery found the net for the west Dublin side with 20 minutes remaining but, by then, the damage had already been done.

An own goal from Shane Maloney, a contentious penalty converted by Jake Donnelly and an Alan McGreal strike saw Crumlin take a 3-0 lead into the break.

A Lucan side containing several former League of Ireland players started at a blistering pace. Marco Chindea’s volley forced an early save from Crumlin keeper Michael Quinn.

Quinn prevented a certain goal moments later as Andrew Bracken broke through on goal and tried to round the keeper, who stuck out a long arm and nicked the ball off his toe as he prepped to finish.

Within two minutes, Crumlin led as a free kick from Gareth ‘Redser’ Brady – one of two brothers of Ireland star Robbie in the side – was turned into his own net by Maloney.

Crumlin doubled their lead from the spot nine minutes later as Bobby Mazono was judged to have handled a Dean Kelly cross and Donnelly squeezed the ball narrowly past keeper Ian Molloy.

Quinn was again on top form to stop Chindea halving the deficit, getting out quickly to narrow the angle after he was played through by Bracken.

Molloy showed great reflexes to deny sub Liam Brady. But there was nothing he could do to prevent Alan McGreal making it three with a sublime touch and finish from Thomas Hyland’s pass.

Lucan got a goal back when Seery squeezed a header in between the post and Quinn, but while Harmony Mercer and Tayem Dinamunenge went close, they couldn’t close the gap further.

“We’re happy enough,” Doyle told the Dublin Gazette, as his side’s focus switches to the quest for promotion to LSL Sunday Senior after taking the Senior 1A title last year.

“In the first half, we sat off them a little bit. When we pushed up in the second half and started playing a little bit more football in their end of the pitch, we played a lot better.

“Goals change games. Andrew was through on goal and he didn’t score – if he’d scored that one, it would have been a different game. And then an OG as well.”

Former Shamrock Rovers and Reading striker Dave Mooney stayed on the bench despite the deficit as he works his way to full fitness.

“The more important thing with Dave is to have him here with us for the season to get promoted. That’s what he’s focused on.

“If we got the second we probably would have put him in, but we’ll keep him now and get him ready. He’s fit but he just needs a little bit more time.”

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