Kilbarrack save best for last in Intermediate Cup

by Jonny Stapleton
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Kilbarrack United saved their best till last as they progressed to the last 16 of the FAI Inter Cup last weekend.

United succeeded where no other Dublin club did in the round of 32 and beat Cork opposition – and did so courtesy of an impressive late late show.

The LSL Senior Sunday side went into the last 25 minutes trailing Munster Senior League opposition UCC by a goal but finished strong and eventually won with room to spare.

Sean Power powered home a header at the back post on 44 minutes to give UCC a half-time lead in Dublin.

It was an advantage they held through the hour mark but just when they began to dream of taking a place in the last 16 with them on the long trip back to Cork, Kilbarrack’s go to man for over a decade levelled the cup tie.

Mark Townley, a front man who was key to United’s FAI Junior Cup runs in the middle of the 2010’s, held his nerve to convert a penalty on 66 minutes.

Within two minutes the home side were leading, Luke Skelly producing a calm finish after picking up a cut back in the area.

Underage graduate Derric Hyland then gave United some breathing space when he finished left footed on 78 minutes. Eight minutes later and Sean Doyle made sure the Ross Carrigs mean could pop the cork and celebrate victory over Cork opponents with a clever finish from the edge of the area.

There wasn’t the same cross league success for league success for Kilbarrack’s counterparts.

St Mochta’s tried a late comeback of their own against holders Rockmount but gave themselves too much of a hill to climb and suffered in Cork.

Goals from Murphy and Casey who will be 100 years old by the time the final comes around lead by Murphy and Casey goals going into half time and added a third for good measure post the break.

Moctha’s kept battling and got within two when the in form Jake Donnelly found the net and despite going down to 10 men had chances to in the final stages. However, none were converted and Rockmount rock on to the next round.

Cobh Wanderers also put three past an LSL Senior Sunday side, strikes from Cian O’Connor, Nathan O’Connell and Ciaran Griffen saw them beat Killester Donnycareny.

It was a lot more competitive at the Red Cow as Bluebell hosted Munster Senior League leaders College Corinthians. It was a case of Cors blimey as the visitors took the lead with a wonder strike. ‘Bell leveled with their own goal from range before Josh Doyle gave them a lead on 48 minutes.

The Munster men levelled things up within a minute before two late efforts secured them victory and a last 16 slot.

Even more dramatic was Malahide United’s defeat to Middleton. Dylan Cashin forced extra time at Gannon Park with the last kick of the game and United had to come from behind for a second time to force penalties, where their exit was eventually confirmed.

There was also Munster Senior League melancholy for Liffey Wanderers, Rush Atheltic, Heatrstown Huntstown and Finglas United as they lost to Wilton United, Ringmahin Rangers, Leeds,  and Carrigaline respectively.

Patrick Ferry of Finn Harps and Mark Townley of Kilbarrack United walk out before the FAI Cup First Round match between Kilbarrack and Finn Harps at White Heart Lane in Kilbarrack in July. Pic: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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