FAI Junior Cup
(Sheriff win in penalties)
Courtesy of Aviva
Sheriff secured a fifth final appearance in six years by edging out Killarney Celtic, also on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw, on Saturday evening away to Killarney Celtic at Mastergeeha.
The Kerry side began the brighter with Matt Keane missing a couple of golden chances to put them ahead. His first effort was hacked off the line and then Lee Murphy foiled the midfielder after he broke clear following a swift counter-attack.
After the break, it was the holders taking the initiative as John Lester and Mark Higgins wasted openings. They didn’t force the breakthrough until two minutes into the second period of extra-time, with substitute Thomas Dunne punishing a defensive lapse.
Matters looked bleak for Celtic when they lost Chris O’Leary to a second yellow card moments later but they earned a last-gasp penalty from a foul on Pat McGrath and James Spillane converted.
Sheriff goalkeeper Lee Murphy atoned for conceding that penalty by saving two of Killarney’s efforts and scoring his own spot-kick in the shootout to seal victory.