FAI SENIOR CUP FIRST ROUND
Killester United – 3 (S.Chambers x2, L.McMillan)
Galway United – 3* (R.Manning x3)
*Galway win 7-6 on penalties
Killester United gave Galway United an almighty scare today in Dublin, however they would agonisingly bow out of the FAI Senior Cup following a mammoth shootout
The Leinster Senior League team took the lead against the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side and twice equalised to bring the game to extra time and penalites but eventually fell to a sudden death defeat.
The game at Hadden Park exploded into action in the opening seconds. A long throw-in was not dealt with by Galway and Stephen Chambers smashed home to give the hosts a shock first-minute lead.
It could then have been two within fifteen minutes, as a Killester corner caused havoc in the Galway box, with the Tribesmen eventually making a last ditch goaline clearance.
Killester would continue to match their vistors for the remainder of the first half and again almost doubled their lead at the start of the second half, with Sean Rogers being denied by a brilliant save from Charlie Burns in the Galway net.
The tide however would begin to turn as the second half wore on, and Ronan Murray should have scored after 68, blazing over when well-placed. Just minutes later though Murray levelled the scores. Galway striker Jonah Ayunga was felled in the box and Murray duly dispatched the spot kick.
Murray then grabbed a second just five minutes later, stabbing home a knockdown from Ayunga to give Galway the lead.
Killester responded gamely, and the match became end to end, with chances for both sides before the amateur club grabbed an equaliser eight minutes from time. A dangerous free kick into the box was headed home by Lenny McMillan to level the scores.
The fairytale looked to be off though shortly after, as Murray bagged his hat-trick with just two minutes to go, scoring a 30-yard thunderbolt of a free kick to seemingly spare the Premier Division strugglers’ blushes.
However the dramatic match then took another turn in the second minute of injury time, with Killester sending Hadden Park into pandemonium with an equaliser from Chambers that sent the game into extra time.
Following the dramatic end to regular time, extra time was cagey and quiet by comparison, with a slightly miscued lob attempt from Galway’s Gary Shanahan the main chance of note.
So, with the teams deadlocked after 120 minutes, the game went to penalties.
The first four penalties were bagged with aplomb before Killester hit the post with their third spot-kick – with Galway subsequently hitting the post with their third. Charlie Burns then made a fantastic save for Galway and the visitors took the lead. Killester made it 3-3 with their fifth penalty and Marc Ludden missed for Galway to send it in to sudden death. Both team scored their sixth, seventh, and eighth, before Killester missed and allowed Jonah Ayuga to hit home and spare Galway’s blushes