FAI Junior Cup
Eastwall Bessborough battled through more personal heart break to secure a place in the FAI Junior Cup over the weekend.
The club that lost stalwart, driving force and a ‘man that meant everything’ to the club Geoff Ennis earlier this week took to the field literally hours after Club Chairman Larry Connolly’s son Jason had passed and paid homage to the football lover in fitting fashion, by registering a win in the biggest cup competition in Europe.
CIE Ranch to their credit pushed the AUL Premier A side all the way in a close cup encounter, but Eastwall finished the stronger of the two take an early step along the Road to the Aviva.
The Ranch took the lead after just five minutes when Mark Hogan found the back of the net.
However, Sean Young leveled in style riffling home in off the apex with a drive from 18 yards.
Young then turned provider and split the defence with a quality pass to allow Dylan Kinsella to finish and give EWB the lead.
The hosts responded well and leveled not long before half time when Graham Griffiths finished, but Eastwall struck again from right from the kick off and Kinsella gave the Premier A side a lead they took into the break.
With just over 20 minutes remaining a resilient Ranch squared the game for a third time this time Keith Eagers headed home at the back post.
Within five minutes, however Eastwall were again ahead and Young was again involved. This time he was felled in the box allowing Austin Skelly to convert from 12 yards. The home side pushed for a leveler, but fell further behind as the game came to a close.
Young got his third assist of the day with just five minutes to go as his free kick was headed home by Ger Carroll with five minutes of a game that also saw the return of recent JSP Player of the Week winner David Fitzsimons to first time football.