FAI Intermediate Cup
St Mochtas FC – 2
Cockhill Celtic – 0
Report and photo kindly supplied by www.stmochtasfc.com
The Saints go marching into the quarter finals of the FAI Umbro Intermediate cup after an impressive against the odds win over Donegal side Cockhill Celtic.
Jonathan Lyons and John Reilly grabbed the head lines and the goals as St Mochtas registered a very memorable if not historic win at the expense of the Ulster Senior League champions.
The Saints started the game extremely well and urged on by a packed Porterstown crowd were winning the 50/50 battles and moving the ball with confidence. The Intermediate third tier outfit didn’t look the underdog against a side that dispatched Leinster Senior League champs in the last round in the early exchanges.
The inventive Jordan Lancaster created an early chance for Glen Crowe, but the former Irish International’s effort was saved by the keeper. The hosts got due reward for early pressure on 10 minutes when Jonathan Lyons registered an effort worthy of the FAI Cup never mind the Intermediate cup, curling a beautiful into the top corner.
Things went from good to better for Mochtas soon after when just short of the 20 minute mark John Reilly put his head in where it hurts to give the home fan more joy.
Reilly headed home a terrific Jordan Lancaster cross, picking up a goal, a boot to the head and a wound that forced him of the field and required six stitches in the process.
His replaced by Aaron O’ Brien may not have got on the scoresheet but he caused a host of problems for the visiting Donegal side for the remainder of the tie.
Cockhill finally found their feet and after stringing together some attacks and thought they had secured the chance to get back into contention when the referee pointed to the spot. However, away relief turned into despair when the referee spotted his assistant with his flag up for offside.
More bad news arrived for the team from Donegal when Oisin Mc’Colgan was sent off just before half time for a bad tackle on Saints captain Martin O’Neill.
Mocthas nearly trebled their advantage after the break when O’Brien went on a mesmerising run and pulled a neat ball back for Lancaster who’s shot was cleared off the line. Cockhill down to 10 men battled hard but they never troubled Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee. A few long range shots which he smothered.
The excellent Craig Sheridan was denied by a fine save and captain O’ Neill was disappointed to see a header saved by the same goalkeeper. As it was their was no route back for the USL team and Mocthas booked their place in the quarter final of the prestigious cup contest.
Manager Brian Mc Carthy said ” It’s a fantastic result for us and we deserved to win the game, we played some good football and battled well in tough conditions.” The Saints go into the Quarter finals and will fear nobody.