FAI Senior Cup Qualifying Round
Killarney Celtic – 1
Boyle Celtic – 0
In a battle between two of this season’s FAI Junior Cup Semi-Finalists, it was Killarney Celtic who edged Boyle Celtic by a single goal to nil at Celtic Park on Saturday night.
Both these sides have experienced the most memorable season in their respected histories as they reached the final four of Europe’s largest cup competition, the FAI Junior Cup.
Both Killarney and Boyle were edged in their final four clashes against defending champions Sheriff YC and Kilkenny’s Evergreen to narrowly miss out on a Aviva Stadium-hosted final.
However, that was all put to one side last night and with the pre-game script writing itself, everyone was expecting an intriguing encounter to see who would advance to the First Round proper of Ireland’s primary cup competition, the FAI Senior Cup.
The hosts controlled the opening period of a game blighted by the heavy winds blowing across the surface. Indeed, the Kerry men broke the deadlock 22 minutes into the encounter when Pa McGrath got on the end of a whipped corner to head the ball into the net.
Killarney almost doubled their advantage shortly after the half-hour mark when a free-kick from all of forty-yards from goal battered the Boyle bar in what would have been an audacious strike.
Boyle lifted their game in the second stanza with chances coming for Purcell, who headed narrowly wide on 70 minutes, and Danny Browne who saw a powerful effort stopped by an excellent Roy Kelliher save.
The Roscommon men continued to push late into the game but couldn’t find the all-important equalizer meaning Killarney will now advance to the First Round proper of the FAI Senior Cup where a potential meeting with a League of Ireland giant is now a real possibility.