LSL Charlie Cahill Cup First Round
Glebe North – 1
Killester United – 2
Killester United advanced to the Second Round of the LSL Charlie Cahill Cup at the expense of Senior 1 Sunday side Glebe North at Market Green on Friday night largely in part to a fantastic piece of keeping from United number one Ciaran Bizzell.
United boss Gary Howlett opted to shuffle the pack with first-team regulars Darren Kavanagh, Alan Talbot and Phillip McDonagh all dropping to the bench but that didn’t stop the former Brighton man’s charges from starting off on the front foot.
Christmas window signing Josh Mullen, who was a headache through out for the Glebe left side, gave the Senior Sunday men a dream start with barely ten minutes on the clock.
The lively winger picked up the ball 35 yards out and drove at the Glebe back line. The keeper left the whole side of the goal open and Mullen didn’t pass up the chance to put his side one up with a finely placed effort into the bottom corner.
Glebe had a couple of efforts soon after but Bizzell’s handling was good on both occasions. Instead it was United who went two to the good after the keeper could only parry John Brophy’s effort and Eoin Mooney was on hand to poke home to make it two nil and that’s how it was at the break.
The second period saw a rejuvenated home side who started to wrestle control of proceedings and were unlucky not to score as the game became more of a battle than a spectacle of football.
On the hour mark the home management team put on Austin and he started to drop deep and cause the Killester midfield a lot of problems. His guile and strength almost led to a recovery in the score line when the Ciaran O’Connor intercepted a loose pass and headed straight for the Killester box.
He rifled a shot straight into the roof of the net to cut the arrears in half and pull one back for the hosts.
Glebe’s tails were up and they got another boost moments after when former Glebe man Stephen Chambers was dismissed for an apparent kick out on his opponent.
Then the moment of magic arrived when Bizzell produced a world class save tipping a certain goal bound strike onto the bar that was cleared away to safety, leaving everybody in disbelief in how the keeper denied Glebe sending the game into extra-time.
Talbot almost put the seal on matters when he flicked the ball over two Glebe defenders’ heads but his curling left footed effort was inches wide.
And that’s how it finished. Killester now join the likes of Bluebell United and Cherry Orchard in the last 16 of the competition while it’s back to the Senior Sunday promotion chase for Glebe North.