Leinster Junior Cup
North End United-2
Keith Rickard and Paul Murphy hit doubles as 10 men Sheriff YC fought back from two down to keep alive their Leinster Junior Cup hopes.
Just two weeks after losing in the FAI Junior Cup for the first time in over two years last seasons Leinster Senior Cup finalists looked destined for a second successive major cup defeat as Wexford powerhouse North End United powered into a two goal lead.
However, captain Paul Murphy pulled one back before Keith Rickard forced extra time with a second half leveler.
The old and the new of Sheriff repeated their scoring feats in extra time scoring what could prove crucial goals in Sheriff’s season.
We welcome @NorthEndWexford to Clontarf tomorrow for the 3rd Rd of the Leinster Junior Cup. This should be another cracking cup tie and our lads will be keen to pick themselves after last weeks FAI Jnr defeat. Pop along and support @HeraldStriker @AULleague #JSPLive pic.twitter.com/DthmTkaRHX
— Sheriff YC (@Sheriff_YC) November 18, 2017
North End, a strong team with a host of former LOI talent and a strong team spirit, came to Dublin confident they could cause an upset.
That confidence must have been through the roof after just 15 minutes as they raced into a two goal lead.
Shane Dempsey former Wexford player Shane Dempsey broke the dead lock before a strike soon after put the visitors into the driving seat.
Considering Sheriff had exited the FAI Junior Cup in recent weeks, the home support did get a bit nervous, but they have seen this set of players battle back year on year season on season and remained optimistic.
Paul Murphy gave them hope before half time the inspirational captain lead by example and put one between the sides.
The odds seemed to favour North End again after the break when a second Darren Dunne yellow saw him dismissed leaving the away side with a goal and man advantage.
Summer signing Keith Rickard, who seems to be finding form and fitness after a long injury absence then leveled.
Extra time followed and Rickard scored again to put his side in front.
Within minutes the sides were level in terms of playing numbers as Lee Wadding was sent off for North End and the ever impressive Paul Murphy twisted the knife further with a fourth for the hosts.