FAI Intermediate Cup
(Killester win 5-4 on penalties)
Tolka Rovers were literally seconds away from a place in the third round of the FAI Intermediate Cup on Friday night.
The side relegated to Senior 1 last season looked set to register a Senior Sunday scalp as they lead top flight front runners Killester United going into injury time.
However, hero of last weekends massive league win over Crumlin, Lennie McMillian leveled in somewhat controversial circumstances deep in injury time.
The strikers diving header forced extra time and enabled the visitors to eventually secure victory via spot kicks.
The sides looked relatively evenly matched in the opening stages, but Killester went ahead midway through the first half as Michael Kelly fired home via the post from outside the area.
However, with just five minutes of the half remaining a side that love a fight back were level. Left back Adam Crowther, who scored in a come from behind win against Liffey Wanderers recently, played a clever one two with Jordan Nolan before clipping into Shane Dolan. ‘Super Mario’ made no mistake bullet heading home from eight yards to send the teams in level at the turn.
The sides traded half chances early in the second half, but it was the second tier side who took the lead.
Experienced target man Dolan closed down the defence, collected the clearance he blocked, lifted it over one defenders head, beat another with a step over and rolled for Ger Carroll to tap home.
That left Tolka with 14 minutes to hold on. They managed to make it 90 still in front, but suffered heart break in injury time.
Killester elected to contest a drop ball on the edge of the area and the ball eventually worked it’s way across the box were McMillian stooped to pounce.
The Tolka support and indeed line felt hard done after play was stopped only after Killester looked to play on with their man on the ground arguing play was stopped when they regained possession- and obviously some felt aggrieved Killester contested, although it’s something some are happy to see become more common in recent weeks.
Tolka had the better of the chances in extra time and but for a brilliant Evan Whelan save may have snatched another dramatic win.
However penatlies ensued and Whelan again saved, denying Carroll after the nine previous attempts were successful.