Leinster Junior Cup
Double hero’s Dayrl Curly and John Walsh scored a goal a piece in extra time to ensure Kilmore Celtic won a sensational LSL v AUL Leinster Junior Cup clash on Saturday night.
Having lead early on the AUL side came from behind twice to force extra time with a late leveler before going on to win the most of dramatic of clashes by the odd goal in 11.
Kilmore and broke the deadlock in Leah Victoria Park after 15 minutes when Paddy Pattons flicked header found Dylan Kinsella who volleyed home from 12 yards.
The hosts response was almost instant as they equalized 6 minutes later. Dean Carroll pounced on a loose ball and managed to slip the ball under the on rushing Kilmore Keeper Aaron Kelly’s body to find the back of the net.
LSL side Tullamore were ahead for the first time in the game within five minutes as Derek Coolahan slotted past Kelly after the hosts high press paid off.
At that stage it looked like the hosts were set to take control,but while they enjoyed a period of possession and dominance they found themselves level at the break.
Four minutes before half time a cross from Conor Brown found the head of Daryl Curly and he bullet headed home to square things up.
Kilmore started the second period brightly and Paul McMillan twice fired over from the the edge of the box.
However, it was the home side who re took the lead when Derek Coolahan fired his spot kick straight down the middle on four minutes shy of the hour mark.
True to the nature of the all action clash the hosts were awarded a penalty less than120 second later and Coolahan scored his third and his sides fourth to put Tullamore into progression pole.
To their credit Kilmore continued to battle and straight after Kevin Minnock missed a chance to put Tullamore through to the next round the visitors were back within one.
Sub John Walsh controlled a low McMillan cross and fired home to leave the minimum between the sides.
Kilmore pressed for a leveler in the final stages and just when it looked like it may not come the game the 90 minutes got the dramatic ending it deserved.
After the keeper failed to deal with a cross Glen O’Hanlon prodded the loose ball into the path of Patrick Patton and he riffled home from all of six yards to level the game for a third time.
Walsh had a good chance win it right at the death but couldn’t put the finishing touches on his fine approach play while O’Hanlon fired the rebound wide.
The visiting line feared they may have been made pay for that miss, but their nerves were settled just five minutes into extra time as Walsh put them in the lead for the first time since the 15th minute.
Considering the back and forth nature of the tie Tullamore were always fancied to level the game again, but with just 3 minutes remaining Curly sealed a dramatic win for Celtic.
Tullamore did get a 5th goal in added time of extra time when Gino Russo smashed home a free kick from 30 yards, but this incredible evening was to belong to Kilmore.