FAI Intermediate Cup
Carrigaline United 1
St Patrick’s CYFC 1
Report kindly supplied by Carrigaline Utd
Robbie O’Mahony’s second-half penalty earned Carrigaline a replay in Ringsend with St Patrick’s CYFC in two weeks time.
After opening brightly, the visitors – in their green and white hoops – hit the front 12 minutes in. Thomas Dunne was allowed to turn in the middle of the field and he took full advantage of the strong breeze to beat Peter Riordan from distance.
After this initial set-back, Carrigaline improved throughout the half. Greg O’Halloran sprayed the ball wide to Danny Kelly. Cutting inside from the left, his right-foot shot just cleared John Delaney’s crossbar. Kelly had another half-chance to draw the teams level before the break. Robbie O’Mahony crossed from the left but Kelly could not direct his header on target.
At the other end, Pat’s reminded the Leesiders that they remained a threat on the break – Alan Murphy shooting just wide of Twiggy’s post.
With some supporters still in the clubhouse sheltering from the cold and enjoining the half-time hospitality, Carrigaline drew level on 55 minutes. Danny Kelly and Ritchie Tobin combined to release Carl McPherson on the left. Jinking his way into the box, he drew a clumsy foul from Murphy and the referee pointed to the spot.
Robbie O’Mahony made no mistake from 12 yards, rifling his effort into the top left hand corner.
Although O’Mahony went close again within a minute of his penalty, it was the visitors who created the better opportunities thereafter. After some sloppy defending, John Harrington made a superb block to deflect Mark Bowland’s pile driver over for a corner.
Entering injury time, Alan Murphy teed up Thomas Dunne. Dunne looked odds on to seal his brace and book his side a quarter-final date but Peter Riordan made a sublime save down low to his right-hand side to keep Carrigaline in the cup.