FAI Junior Cup
Dingle United -6
Larkview Boys- 2
Dingle United won an AUL LSL battle to reach round four of the prestigious FAI Junior Cup over the weekend.
The Premier A side had six different scorers and keeper heroics to thank for a sizable win that had it’s roots in a real team display.
The away side started the brighter getting the ball up quickly to a lively front free to put pressure on the dingle back four .
Larkview had a number of efforts from range and one great chance to open the scoring in that period, but it was the hosts who managed to break the deadlock as Darren Waldron finished close range before 30 minutes had past.
Within a minute it Dingle were two up as Larkview conceded the most unfortunate of goals. A sliced clearance flew goalwards and forced the keeper into a brilliant save, however after tipping onto the bar the net minder had to watch as Lee Lismore finished the rebound.
Dingle thanks to the impressive Lismore began to control the pace of the game and it wasn’t long before they were three up.
O’Keefe was up ended in the area and the referee pointed to the spot allowing Alan O’Neill to finish from 12 yards and push the advantage to three.
Larkview did make things interesting by pulling one back before the turn and had a chance to get within one just seven minutes after the restart.
However, Ian Franzoni, who has impressed on numerous occasions this season, saved a penalty to keep Dingle two ahead.
O’Keeffe’s tricky left wing play then enabled Dowling to score and put some further daylight between the sides.
Larkview to their credit didn’t crumble and had a 15 minute spell of serious pressure. However, some poor finishing blended in with some quality keeping ensured the home side kept their comfortable cushion.
Any hope of a dramatic comeback from the LSL sides was wiped out with 15 minutes to go as Adam Bell pounced on an error at the back to make it five. True to the nature of the tie Larkview scored soon after, but Brian Voakes headed home in trade mark fashion to ensure his side had the final say.