FAI Intermediate cup: Comeback win for farm

Mochta’s win out in battle of big guns

by Jonny Stapleton
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St Mochta’s had more bullets in the FAI Intermediate Cup battle of the big guns last weekend.

When the Saints drew College Corinthians in the third round of the prestigious competition both sides were top of their respective top flights, earning the tie  ‘top of the tables clash’ billing.

The Senior Sunday side have subsequently relinquished top spot to Maynooth University, but the cross-league meeting remained one of the most anticipated of last weekend.

It was eventually won by the Dublin side, who just had a little more ammunition in front of goal on Sunday.

Brian McCarthy’s team managed to find the net in the first and last 20 minutes to register an impressive away win and secure a fourth round berth.

The Porterstown club got reward for a bright start when Karl Somers found space in the area to volley home a set piece time on 20 minutes.

Former Hibernian front man Gareth McCaffrey had a chance to double the advantage six minutes later but side footed wide after a neat interchange with former Irish underage international Dean Casey.

Cors took over for the remainder of the half but couldn’t level before the break.

The hosts had more possession early in the second half but failed to create anything clear-cut. As a result, it remained tense and poised going into the final minutes before last seasons Leinster Senior League top scorer sealed the deal.

Not long after producing a vital save goal keeper Craig Hyland sent one long downfield, Gareth McCafferty managed to get his head on it 30 yards out and catch the keeper home keeper out

The 2021 winners now progress to round four, as did the side they beat in the 2021 final Killester Donnycarney.

Gary Howlett’s men avoided a potential banana skin in Finglas United thanks to a 4-2 win at Hayden Park.

A headed finish from Sean Goulding gave the home side the lead which was doubled by Irish amateur international Sam Burgess’s dinked finish.  

Burgess made it three when he guided home a cross early in the second half. 

The talented Senior 1B side attempted a comeback and goals from Jordan Wright and David ‘Crocket’ Somers saw them get within one.

Although late important goal specialist Dean Kelly produced again restoring the two-goal cushion when he broke down the left and prodded home near post.

Home Farm were a side that did manage to register a comeback win, coming from a goal down to defeat Swords Celtic away.

Their go to goal getter Eoin Murray with a hat trick and Lyons with the other in a 1-4 win in a game where Fitzgerald saved a penalty.

Featured Image: Killester’s man of the match Sam Burgess with Fionn & Jack from the club’s U11’s 

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