FAI Intermediate Cup
St Kevin’s Boys 2
St Mochta’s 3
ST MOCHTA’S booked their place in the FAI Intermediate Cup semi-finals and the prospect of a mouth-watering north Dublin derby with Malahide United with a 3-2 victory over St Kevin’s Boys.
The LSL Sunday Senior title contenders were massive favourites, travelling the short distance across the city to St Aidan’s CBS to face a side three leagues below them in Senior 1B.
A game played in horrendous conditions didn’t lack for action, however, as the sides exchanged leads twice before Gareth McCaffrey netted a late winner for Brian McCarthy’s side.
Karl Somers had fired the Blanch side into an early lead before a Stephen Cantwell penalty and Bobby O’Reilly’s strike turned the tie on its head.
Somers netted his second of the game with a delicate lob late in the first half to send the sides in level at the break before substitute McCaffrey sealed the win late on.
“We started off well, got a goal up and then we switched off and it was only the last ten minutes we got going again,” a relieved McCarthy told Dublin Gazette.
“We got a goal and we probably could have got one or two more before half-time, but, on the balance, it was probably a fair result going in at 2-2. Kevin’s were very, very good; a good young side.
“We’re disappointed in our own performance but we give Kevin’s credit for that – they really made it difficult for us.
“We got the goal not far off the end of the game and we saw it out well. I’m delighted with the character and we’re thrilled to be through to the semi-finals.”
Former Shamrock Rovers striker McCaffrey was left out of the starting line-up after recently returning from holiday and showed his enthusiasm with a match-winning turn from the bench.
“We’re lucky we’ve a good squad of players and it was just to freshen things up. Gareth was away as well; he only got back from holidays, so it was just a call on who was fit and fresh to play.
“He came on and got the goal and his performance was really good, so that’s what you expect from him. It’s great to have him.”
McCarthy heaped praise on a talented Kevin’s side who play positive, progressive football regardless of the conditions or the level of their opponents.
The Mochta’s boss is also manager of the Leinster Senior League intermediate team and he admitted he won’t be afraid to select from the lower leagues in future squads.
“If they play that way every weekend, I don’t think they’ll be a 1B or 1A side for long. If they can keep that standard up, they definitely won’t be in the lower leagues for long.
“On the Leinster Senior League squad, I have to pick strongly and it’s a reminder there are good players down the league.
“People expect you to just pick teams from the top league, and it can be the case, but looking at it the other night there are definitely players that wouldn’t be out of place in the top league.”