Youths into last 16 of national cup
FAI YOUTH CUP:
Cobh Wanderers 1, Buttevant 3 BUTTEVANT youths created a bit of history on Saturday last by qualifying for the last 16 of this national competition for the first time in the club's history and ensured their entry into the open draw part of the knockout competition.
Buttevant were full value for their win even though they did suffer an early setback when Cobh went ahead against the run of play.
Buttevant did not panic and continued to play the better football and began to punch holes in the Cobh defence with Trevor Bowles proving to be a very hard to handle. Buttevant won a series of corners and from one of these Dermot Murphy found Bryan Sweeney who scored with a superb first time effort to make it 1-1.
Buttevant raised the pace even further and Pierce O'Riordan put a great ball over the top to find the running Kevin Sheehan with only one thing in mind and he released an unstoppable drive beyond the home keeper and into the corner of the net. Cobh did well to keep a Bowles header out with a goaline clearance but it was Buttevant who went in at the break with the more satisfied look.
If it was our attack which had gained all the plaudits in the first half, it was the defence which won rave reviews in the second, with an absolute display of good defending and frustrating their opponents. In the middle of the back four Adrian Donovan and David Walshe grew in stature as the game progressed, with the full back pair of Daniel Lenihan and Gary O'Keeffe also on song. Ronan O'Donovan belied his young age with a towering performance and these five seldom allowed Cobh any wayward glance of a goal opportunity.
With the home side becoming more frustrated as the game wore on it fell to Ronan Lehane in the middle of our midfield to orchestrate the full destruction of Cobh's cup ambitions as he welded our defence and attack together into one unit.
Then to cap it all Lehane then put Sheehan clear of the Wanderers defence and he finished to the net to give Buttevant a two goal advantage and some breathing space.
In fairness to Cobh the continued to look for a win as the piled on the pressure particularly in midfield but it was Buttevant who at this stage of the game looked more likely to add to their tally with replacements Calum Suart and Damien Buckley having good chances before the end and with O'Donovan in the locals goal making a late excellent save to send Buttevant deservedly through to the open draw and a historic win and entry onto the national stage.