FAI Junior Cup
St Pauls Artane-6
St Pauls Artane showed great mental fortitude to come back for a goal down to eventually saunter along the Road to the Aviva.
The Premier A side have not won a league game this season and would have went into this clash with Trim Celtic slightly apprehensive considering the NEFL outfit had knocked out Hardwicke in the previous round.
That apprehension may have turned to anxiety when the hosts went a goal down early on.
However, Pauls again managed to separate their cup form from their league form and stared the potential banana skin right the face responding admirably to eventually win out by five clear goals.
— St Pauls Artane FC (@StPaulsArtaneFC) November 8, 2017
Trim, who beat Premier A opposition with the help of a Lar Ivers hat trick in the last round, got off to the perfect start.
Paul Munnelly broke the deadlock and put the NEFL side in front after just 10 minutes after pounced when an attempted clearance came back off a defender.
The hosts didn’t panic and got back level when great work down the right from Conor Donohoe allowed Nathan Donohoe to drive the ball past the keeper with a from 10 yards out.
The AUL side turned the game on its head soon after as Peter Keegan rose highest to meet a Conor Conohoe corner, his headed effort was saved but the ball rebounded off a visiting defender and went into the net.
St Pauls then ensured a two goal half time lead when they scored from another corner this time Graham O’Sullivan was the beneficiary of a good delivery and headed home after a great leap at the back post.
O’Sullivan doubled his tally 10 minutes after the restart as St Pauls put one foot into the open draw. The front man’s second was a sight to behold as he volleyed home from 12 yards after Paddy Ashmore clipped into the area.
Ryan Fitzsomons then put the result well beyond doubt with an even better goal, beating three or four players before clipping over the net minder to push the advantage four.
Fitzsimons thought he had a brace minutes later when he again lifted over the keeper to put the finishing touches on a great team move, but Sullivan raced into make sure the ball crossed the line and was ruled offside.
The home side were not to be denied a sixth as Conor Donohoe added a goal to his two assists when he cut into the area rode a tackle and and curled into left hand top corner from 16 yards out.