Rivervalley bossed the first half and all put two minutes of the second. The Premier A side, who last week exited the FAI Junior Cup, took a deserved two goal lead via strikes from Daniel Murphy and Paul Currivan.
Don’t doubt Dons-Donncarney comeback from the dead to progress in Leinster Junior Cup
Leinster Junior Cup
Donncarney FC-5 (AET)
Not since Lazarus rose from the dead or even Istanbul has there been a more dramatic comeback!
Not only were Donncarney two goals behind and facing exit from the Leinster Junior Cup with two minutes to go they had been out played by Rivervalley Rangers for 88 minutes.
However, just as the FAI Junior Cup last 16 side looked destined to lose they managed to turn things round in fashion so dramatic it would have made a Hollywood script writer proud.
The Don’s stunned Rivervalley with two late strikes to force extra time and then upped the gears to hit three goals and turn an odds on defeat into a comfortable cup win.
The AUL Premier C side are now in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and the fifth round of the Leinster Junior.
However, just when it looked like they were about to register a routine win they were caught by a late Don’s revival.
Sub Gary Warren managed to pull one back when he got on the end of a ball squared across the back to give the visitors some hope.
Adam McCormack was sent up from the back in inury time a bid to get a leveler and played a part as Calvin Madden hit the back of the net to force extra time.
Fitting to the dramatic nature of the tie both sides saw red cards in the first half of extra time, but by that stage Donnycarney were on top and Madden gave them the lead in spectacular fashion.
The front man found the top corner from outside of the box with a superb half volley strike.
Late sub Warren Moore was terrorising the Rivervalley Rangers rear gaurd by this stage while Daryl Doran was controlling the midfield.
It was no surprise when Gary Warren added a fourth and gave his side the two goal cushion RVR once enjoyed.
The scoring didn’t end there and Madden put the icing on the cake with his third of the night, racing onto a quality Doran pass before producing an ice cold finish.
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