Cobh Wanderers win (4-2 on penalties)
Cobh Wanderers reached the final of the Keane Cup with victory over the holders on Saturday.
Wanderers got revenge on Douglas Hall, who exited them from the tournament via spot kicks at the quarter final stage last season, with a peno shootout win of their own at the semi final stage.
Neither side could find the net in either 90 minutes or extra time meaning the game had to be settled from 12 yards.
In a first half of few chances ‘Hall came closest to scoring. Just short of the half hour mark a run and long-range shot could only be parried by Shane Hallahan, but the follow-up effort was lashed wide with the goal gaping. On 34 minutes ‘Hall again almost took the lead when a Kelleher cross was almost turned in by Fahy at the near post.
The second half saw a lot more chances created by both sides. Shane Geasley shot wide when well-placed following a clearance from a corner. Kyle Downing hit the best effort of the game on 72 minutes coming in off the right side and hitting a left-foot dipper that smashed off the crossbar with the keeper beaten.
While Curran had a snap-shot easily saved by O’ Donovan in the ‘Hall goal on 87 minutes. Wanderers were finishing strongly and James Stoat had a good drive blocked on the line a minute later.
Another minute later Conor Meade worked the space in the box before squaring the ball across the goal line but with no Wanderers player on hand to finish.
In extra-time John Meade blazed over when put clear before some great interplay between Stapleton and Stoat nearly brought the breakthrough, but a super point blank save from O’ Donovan denied Stapleton from two yards out.
No goals meant the dreaded penalty shoot-out and with Hallahan saving the first and Douglas Hall missing their second the advantage was firmly with the home side, but a Curran miss left the door ajar for the visitors before Meade clinched the game with the conversion of the fifth kick.
Wanderers will face the winners of the Ringmahon vs Castleview semi in Turners Cross.