FAI Intermediate cup
Collinstown FC 6
Lucan United 1
Collinstown continue to live up to their title of ‘cup specialists’ as a second-half blitz saw them bowl over Lucan United to book a spot in the FAI Intermediate Cup quarter-finals on Friday night.
Despite playing a league below promotion-chasing Lucan, and falling behind to an early Marco Chindea penalty, the LSL Sunday Senior 1B side hit their visitors for six to put their name in the hat.
A brace apiece from Ger Shortt and substitute Gareth ‘Horse’ Brogan, and one each for Aaron Behan and Darren Clarke, saw Collinstown side coast to victory at the SDFL Complex.
Five of those goals came in the second half as Lucan found the speed and precision of Collinstown’s attackers too much to bear.
It had all started so well for the away side – though the game took place in Lucan – as they were awarded a penalty after eight minutes, and the Romanian striker made no mistake.
Collinstown didn’t panic and they made the breakthrough on the half hour as Ian McNeill found Aaron Behan running the left channel and his cross was flicked home by Shortt at the near post.
So it remained at the break, but Collinstown emerged from the break a different side and it took just five second-half minutes for Shortt to bag his second.
Behan got his name on the scoresheet shortly afterwards as Collinstown sprung the offside trap and Paul McMahon crossed from the right for the striker to tap home.
A bad fall saw Danny McGuinness break his wrist and he was replaced by Brogan, and the substitute wasn’t long in leaving his imprint on the game.
Shortt turned provider for the first as he chipped the ball inside for Brogan to tap home, and the striker headed home at the back post from a free kick to make it 5-1.
Collinstown weren’t finished and, when Brogan himself was forced off with a knock, his replacement Clarke made sure as he finished a dazzling run by rounding the keeper and slotting home.
“Second half we came out and it was like a different team,” Collinstown manager Kevin Carroll told the Dublin Gazette.
“We just blew them away with our pace up top. Ger Shortt was electric for the entire game – just unbelievable.
“We’ve always been known as cup specialists because we’ve gone on good runs and it’s always against the better teams we play well.
“This is our first year in the Intermediate Cup and we’re in the quarter-finals. We’d never have expected that from coming into the league a couple of seasons ago.
“As I say to our players all the time, the bigger the team, on a decent surface, on our day we’ll match anyone.”