Leinster Senior Cup: Famous win for Usher Celtic in Drogheda

by Aaron Dunne
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Usher Celtic are just one win away from a massive Leinster Senior Cup final appearance after registering one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history on Monday night.  

The Leinster Senior League Senior 1A side dumped League of Ireland opposition out of the cup contest and did so in fittingly dramatic fashion. 

The amateur side came from two goals down to become the first team to beat First Division side Drogheda United this season and secure a final-four place in the process. 

With Dundalk being reinstated into the competition the Inner City side will have to wait to find out their semi-final opponents but will play one of Wexford, Damien Duff’s Shelbourne or Dundalk for the right to appear in the final.

The Drogs started the game brightly and were two goals to the good by minute 13, Dylan Grimes and Warren Davis both striking early. At that stage, the cup set didn’t look on the card whatsoever but Usher found passage back into contention when Gary Gannon halved the  deficit on the half-hour mark.

Ten minutes into the second half the LSL third tier team were level thanks to a Garreth Kilkenny penalty. 

Parity remained up and until 90 minutes, meaning an extra-time where Usher had that bit extra followed.

Gannon put Celtic ahead with a clever lob finish in the third minute of extra-time before Paul Keane then found the back of the net with Usher’s fourth in the 103rd minute.

Crumlin United, who scalped Longford in the round of 16, will be looking join Usher in the last four but will have to register a similar-sized shock as the reigning Senior Sunday Champions play Bohs in the quarters.

Featured image: St Paul’s Artane pose with their new gear from PKonline coaching and Grafton Barbers ahead of their unbelievable 6-6 draw in the LFA Junior Cup, a hat-trick from Alan Talbot included. The Dublin boys won 4-2 on penalties to move on

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