Leinster Junior Cup
Collinstown FC- 6
The champions progressed to the fourth round of the Leinster Junior after a nigh on bizarre victory over Finglas on Friday night.
Collinstown managed to concede no fewer than five goals at home but scored six to extend their impressive unbeaten run in a competition they have won twice in recent years.
To be fair to Kevin Carroll’s men, who play Ardee in the FAI Junior Cup fourth round next week, it wasn’t a topsy turvey kind of eleven goal thriller. They lead by three goals early on and had a two goal cushion in the final stages.
However, Finglas just kept mounting comeback challenges in a game were both defences will feel disappointed.
A high scoring game did look on the cards after the first 15 minutes, but it looked like Collinstown would bag all the goals.
Before things had even settled the reigning champs were three to the good.
Eoin Hunter opened the scoring, Dylan Clarke doubled the lead and Graham Doyle scored to ensure a three goal cushion for the home side.
Collinstown took their foot off the gas somewhat and two quick fire goals before the break put Finglas back in contention.
The homeside came out with more purpose after the turn and when the in form Mikey Griffin put two between the sides it looked as if Finglas comeback hopes were dead and buried.
However, the plucky outfit were back within touching distance scoring again just five minutes later.
Griffin then hit his fifth goal in four games and Collinstown’s fifth of that particular game to put two between the team yet again.
True the nature of the game Finglas struck back again before sub Ger Shortt put Collinstown two clear for the third time in the half.
However, Finglas just wouldn’t go away and set up a tense finish by reducing the deficit to the minimum yet again. Indeed the visitors hit the post late one as they pushed for an equaliser.