Nivea For Men AUL Cup
Sheriff win 4-3 on penalties
It wasn’t easy against the aptly named Hardwicke, but Sheriff YC are back in the Nivea Cup final.
The reigning champions had to come from behind to force extra time, before eventually overcoming fellow AUL Premier A side in a penalty shootout.
It’s the fourth final Sheriff have reached this term and while the drive for a second successive five is no more after they lost to Collinstown in the Leinster Junior, they remain on course to win four trophies this season.
The FAI Junior Cup champions will now meet Rivervalley Rangers in the decider.
Former Everton trainee and well traveled League of Ireland player John Lester got Sheriff off to a positive start, the veteran midfielder opened the scoring before 20 minutes had passed.
However, a player at the other end of the age spectrum leveled on 31 minutes. Dean Byrne, who was unfortunate to be on the losing side found the back of the net in style. The former Sheriff AUL Premier B player burst past a number of would be challengers before finding the back of the net.
Hardwicke then ensured they had a half time lead when minutes before the break and just seconds after they had a goal disallowed, Lee Fetherson put them in front for the first time.
Winger Sean Murphy leveled after the restart but neither side could find a winner in normal time.
Two extra time periods also failed to produce a goal and the game went to penos.
After suffering their first defeat in spot kicks since 2011 in the Leinster Junior final, normal service was resumed and Sheriff won on spots kicks to progress to the June 11 decider.