fai intermediate cup: Drumcondra beat Everton

Usher storm Castle to reach next round

by Aaron Dunne
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It took some time but Usher Celtic eventually stormed the Castle to take the spoils and a place in the last 16 of the FAI Intermediate Cup last Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Buckley once again proved the knight in shining armour for Celtic as his injury time leveler allowed the LSL third tier side to go the extra mile against the Munster Senior League top division outfit.

Usher were staring defeat and third round exit from the national contest in the face at a goal down as the clock passed 90 minutes.

However, former Junior Footballer of the Year ‘Bucko’ got on the end of a lofted ball into the box to finish, spark wild celebrations and force extra time from where Usher managed to secure a place in both the next round and the first round of next seasons FAI Senior Cup.

The Grange Gorman side came alive in extra time putting on a show under the flood lights. 

Wayne Higgins gave them the lead when he converted from a set piece in the first half before Calvin Douglas got on the end of a move he started to give the home side some breathing space.

Higgins then put the icing on a difficult cake to bake with a fine turn and finish very late in a long day.

Usher’s fellow LSL Senior 1A competitors Drumcondra also managed to navigate their way past Munster Senior League opposition.

The Whitehall side and Cork outfit Everton AFC couldn’t be separated over 90 minutes or extra time so the tie went to a shoot-out that the Drums won 4-2.

St Patrick’s CY managed to beat Munster Senior League opposition away from home and in sensational fashion.

CY came back from Cork with a place in both the FAI Intermediate fourth round and FAI Senior first round secured thanks to a win over Casement Celtic.

Brandon Kinsella, Niall Barr and Mark O’Dwyer all found the net in a three goal win.

There was no cross-county success for Castleknock Celtic who exited at the boots of eight-time winners Avondale United, losing 0-2 at home.

Recent winners Liffey Wanderers also exited stage left as they lost away to Donegal powerhouse Cockhill Celtic.

Goals from Evan Farrell and Graham Howard helped Bangor Celtic secure victory over another side to life the trophy in recent years, Maynooth University Town.Celtic claimed a dramatic extra-time victory to send a fellow Senior Sunday side out of the competition.

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