GLIN ROVERS A Advance to the last 64 in the FAI Junior Cup.
Glin Rovers A V Fenit Samphires 3-3 AET, Glin win on Penalties 4-2.
An exciting game in Glin went all the way to a penalty shootout after which Glin Rovers will be in the draw for the last 64 teams in the country in the FAI Junior Cup.
Fenit Samphires are currently one of the best teams in the KDL league and came into this game as favourites but Glin Rovers A put in a great performance today. Fenit were by far the better team in the opening 20 minutes and hit the crossbar after only 2 minutes, it was a warning as to how good a team, technically, they are. Glin were in a rear-guard action for most of the opening exchanges but were holding off sweeping Fenit attacks on both wings. Fenit went ahead on 33 minutes with a shot from about 30 yards out, low to the right hand post. The goal seemed to galvanise Glin’s resolve and from the 35th minute they completely took control of proceedings and had a good chance on 45 minutes from a good shot from Shane Culhane from outside the box which went narrowly over the Fenit crossbar. Glin took the game to Fenit and got a deserved equaliser on 43 minutes when Darren Sheahan headed in a looping header into the far right hand side of the Fenit Goal. It could not have come at a better moment in the game. The sides went in level at half time, Glin must have been the happier of the 2 teams at this point as Fenit had put Glin’s Midfield of Joe Martin, Dave Culhane, Kevin Sweeney, Shane Culhane and our back line of Karol Geoghegan, Brian O Donovan, Gary Culhane and James Wallace under the cosh for a lot of the first half but to Glins Credit they more than held their own for the most part.
Karol Geoghegan and James Wallace and Joe Martin were keeping the Fenit midfield occupied in the second half, their runs forward were preventing Fenit driving forward with their own attacks as Glin was holding on to the ball more than Fenit wanted. Gary Culhane and Brian O Donovan were outstanding today both on the ground and in the air. They are some combination at the heart of the Glin Rear-guard. Time and Time again they put themselves in front of Fenit players and either blocked or game away with the ball.
In the second half it was the tackling and physicality of Culhane and Sweeney in Glin’s midfield that turned the game for us. Darren Sheahan showed all of his experience today acting as a 5th midfielder at times whilst combining with the excellent Ger Riordan on many occasion to threaten the Samphire lines.
2 Minutes into the second half Ger Riordan was awful unlucky not to score when the Fenit keeper made a great save from him at close range inside the box but on 60 minutes he showed a real touch of class with Glin’s second goal. Following a brilliant releasing ball from Darren Sheahan Ger showed speed and guile, in a race to the fenit box Ger outsprinted, out muscled his oppossite man, twice nutmegging him before he cooly struck the ball low into the back of the Fenit Net. It was now a 2-1 lead to Glin in what was becoming a great cup tie. Glin got a corner on 76 minutes following more good work from Ger Riordan. Gary Culhane sent in a brilliant corner from the left hand side and Dave Culhane reacted the fastest in a goalmouth scramle to scoop the ball into the top of the net just under the cross bar. It gave Glin a 3-1 lead. We brought on David O Sullivan, Jack Costello and Jamie Fitzgerald in the second half to give us some freshness as Fenit dug deep and came back into this game very well in the last 20 minutes. They pulled one back on 82 minutes with a close range effort and cruelly for Glin they equalised in time added on to send the game to Extra Time.
The Extra time finished scoreless so the game went to penalties. Glin Rovers A held their own in the penalty shoot out and with spot kicks from Darren Sheahan, Dave Culhane, Kevin Sweeney and Gary Culhane we went through 4-2 on the penalty count as Fenit missed 2 spot kicks.
Huge Congrats to the Players and Managers, Mike McLoughlin, Gavin Sheehan and Shane Culhane for a terrific win.
Team: M Stack, K Geoghegan, B O Donovan, G Culhane, J Wallace, S Culhane, K Sweeney, D Culhane, Joe Martin, G Riordan, D Sheahan, J Fitzgerald, J Costello, J Wallace & D O’Sullivan.
Best of luck to Paul Sheahan, Tommy & Tadhag Culhane who embark on a 6 month U.N. Peacekeeping Tour of Duty with the Irish Defence Forces on the 17 November.
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