FAI Junior Cup
Southend came withing 13 minutes of registering the shock of this season FAI Junior Cup on Sunday morning.
The third tier outfit were a goal to the good against local rivals and Premier outfit Carew Park, before the visitors leveled on 77 minutes.
Indeed, Carew needed to call on Mark McGrath to come to their rescue, the top scorer scoring an 87 minute winner just two minutes after coming off the bench.
Southend impressed with their application and work rate from minute one to 93 and despite not seeing the majority of possession in the first half took a lead into the break.
Barry Gibbons scoring the games opening goal finishing brilliantly from the edge of the area.
Carew applied constant pressure in the second period, but couldn’t break down the home defence until the 77 minute when Kieran ‘Red’ O’Hanlon finally found passage past the excellent home net minder.
The former Limerick FC pro powered home Jamie Enright’s left wing cross to level the game.
Carew then consulted their bench in a bid to secure the win and introduced Mark McGrath, who with 11 league goals this season is Park’s top goal scorer, with just five minutes to go.
The move proved effective as with two minutes the striker was celebrating a winner. O’Hanlon turned provider beat his man and cut back for the inform marksman who side footed home via a slight deflection.