FAI Junior Cup
St Pauls Artane-4
St Pauls Artane produced a Lazarus style comeback to keep their FAI Junior Cup dreams alive on Sunday.
The Premier A side were trailing to Castleknock Celtic by two clear strikes at half time and looked set to be heading out the FAI Junior Cup exit door.
However, they rallied back to force extra time and finally secure a place in round 4 of the national tournament.
The first half belonged to Castleknock. A cross that found its way into the back of the net as early as 15 minutes gave them a lead.
Just 15 minutes later and they were two to the good this time clever lob finish saw them extend their advantage before the turn.
There were some harsh words delivered the way of Pauls at half time and it seems they had the desired affect.
Within 10 minutes of the restart the Premier A side were within one. Ger Keating picked up the ball out wide on the left and took matters into his own hands drove into the box, beating two players in the process before finishing via the keepers hand.
A competitive half followed, but the away side only managed to level with 12 minutes left. Sub Stephen McCormack delivered 10 minutes after being introduced when he touched home a Paddy Ashmore ball.
Pauls were on top at that stage and the pendulum swung further in their favour when the hosts were reduced to 10.
Extra time followed and after a goalless first half Paul’s stole in front for the first time. Conor Donohoe played a ball down the right to Graham Sullivan, who beat a man out wide and whipped a great ball into the box where McCormack fired home.
Sullivan then wrapped up the win in style picking the ball up just inside Castleknock’s half evading a few challenges before finishing in the right hand bottom corner.
— St Pauls Artane FC (@StPaulsArtaneFC) October 16, 2017