Usher Celtic 4
Kilbarrack United 3
Usher Celtic went from Leinster Senior Cup despair to joy in just over a week thanks to an extra time Paul Keane finish last weekend.
The Islandbridge side got back on the horse in a competition they contested the final of earlier this month and despite being given a bumpy ride registered third-round victory.
While they were not able to shock Bohemians in a Dailymount Park hosted decider on September 18 the Senior 1A front runners did manage to scalp Senior Sunday opposition in Grange Gorman over the weekend.
Victory wasn’t routine, far from it but was impressive nonetheless!
The Weso Doyle managed side initially came from two goals down, then had to deal with being pegged back after taking a late lead before eventually winning it in extra-time.
Ross Carrig’s Kilbarrack took an Eoin Mulligan goal lead into the break and added it courtesy of Clayton Maher after the turnaround.
At that stage, an Usher side that had defeated Bray Wanderers and Dundalk en route to the finals in the last Leinster Senior Cup installment, looked destined for an early exit.
However, a Calvin Douglas finish with 15 minutes remaining gave them hope. Regular goal-getter Gary Gannon then levelled the tie up with just nine minutes to go.
The drama was far from over as a looping McDonnell header looked to have snatched the win for the hosts only for Kilbarrack to equalise one minute later and force extra time.
Keane then grabbed hero status and sent the home faithful wild when he burst into the box to score the winner in extra-time.
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