The Semi-Final of the AUL’s Frank Roe Cup was held in the AUL Complex last night and it was F.C. Railway Street who came away the victors in a tight game with Oatfield/Shancastle F.C. that ended 4-3 after extra-time. The result means it is F.C. Railway Street who will contest the final against Newlands Celtic next Wednesday evening 12th June in the AUL Complex at 7pm.
The game started well with both sides creating a couple of half chances early on. It was always going to be a tight game between these two teams as their league games were were intensely close. It was Railway F.C. who broke the deadlock halfway through the 1st half when Noel Hanney broke the offside trap and lobbed the on-rushing Oatfield/Shancastle keeper to make it 1-0.
Ten minutes later it was sOatfield/Shancastle’s turn to get on the scoresheet when Paddy Fleming scored the equaliser and the 1st half ended up all square. It was Railway F.C. that made the better start to the 2nd half and when they had a Thomas Byrne free-kick blocked the ball broke to Noel Hanney out wide and he crossed perfectly for James O’Driscoll to head home from 2 yards out making it 2-1 to them. Soon after, Railway F.C. were on a high when James O’Driscoll broke through again and when his shot was blocked he regained possession and laid off a neat pass to the on-rushing Roy Kearns who without breaking stride buried his shot past the keeper r to make it 3-1 to Railway. From then on in the match it was all Oatfield/Shancastle and credit to them their perseverance paid off when Derek Byrne scored their 2nd goal before going on to equalise the match and score their 3rd goal late on to take the game into extra time.
The extra-time was nail-biting stuff and cautious start to extra time from both sides. The ball was played into Railway’s James O’Driscoll and with his back to goal and defender close to him managed to swivel and blast a peach of a shot into the bottom corner in off the post..It was a goal worthy of winning a semi-final.
Man of the Match: James O’Driscoll
By: Derek McKenna