Leinster Senior Cup
Terenure 2-2 Kilbarrack Utd
(Kilbarrack Utd win 6-4 After Extra Time)
By Derek McKenna
UCFL Premier Division champions Terenure FC came very close to causing a major Leinster Senior Cup upset on Saturday after they pushed AUL Premier A side Kilbarrack Utd all the way into extra time.
Kilbarrack, beaten finalists in the FAI Junior Cup for the past two seasons were held to a draw in normal time before a frantic six goal extra time period saw Kilbarrack get the victory by two clear goals.
Despite a bright start from the UCFL champions, it was Kilbarrack who took the lead on the half hour mark through Irish Junior international Mark Townley.
Early in the second period Terenure got back into the game when Kilbarrack keeper Mark Hatton allowed a Paul O’Brien free kick to spill into the net.
In the 63rd minute Kilbarrack capitalised on some good possession when another of their Junior International caps James English slotted home. Terenure almost replied instantaneously through Declan Murtagh but Hatton saved his effort well and pushed it over the bar.
With Kilbarrack looking to be headed into the third round and the game in added time, Terenure got the goal their efforts deserved when Paddy McAuley latched onto a through ball and slotted home to take the tie into extra time.
Terenure got the next goal after Ger Barry crossed to Jeff Taylor to blast home and set up a shock victory. Alas, it was not to be and Kilbarrack got back into it with a goal from English again leveling it up.
The second period of extra time though saw kilbarrack kick on and they got three goals through English who got his hat trick before laying on Junior International John Meleady for their fifth and then sealing the game with his fourth and Kilbarrack’s sixth.
Terenure continued to fight and got a late consolation through Declan Murtagh but it was Kilbarrack who emerged as victors and will be in the pot for the next round draw.