THIS win put Millstreet into the semi-final of the St Micheal's Cup, a knock-out competition for first division sides.
ST MICHAEL'S CUP QUARTER-FINAL
Lakewood Athletic 2 Millstreet Celtic 3
While Lakewood rallied late in the game, Millstreet progressed thanks to some solid defending and sparkling performances from Mark Ellis, Tadhg Collins and Brian Murphy.
Millstreet gradually dominated the first half and had a penalty saved on 25 minutes after Brain Murphy was hauled down in the box. The opening goal came within ten minutes, however, when John O'Mahony flicked a ball on for Tadhg Collins to hit firmly home. With Millstreet by then comfortable, they got a second on the stroke of halftime when Tadhg Collins finished a wonderful solo run with a cross for Mark Ellis to knock into the Lakewood net.
The home side got more into the game on the restart and they were back in contention when they scored a penalty with 25 minutes on the clock. Millstreet needed to pull away again and Micheal Murphy made a telling contribution with a pass through for Tadhg Collins to put the visitors up 3-1. Millstreet continued to make good chances over the last fifteen minutes but they had to defend in numbers after Lakewood got a second goal late in the game.
Overall, Millstreet deserved their wonderful win but they will have to wait for other quarterfinals to be played before they know their last-four opponents.
Grangevale 0 Rathcoole Rovers 1
RATHCOOLE went into second place in the league with this hard-won win over Grangevale who remain bottom of the table with one point from six games. The valuable three points keep Rathcoole within striking distance of the leaders Glenvale who are seven points ahead with one more game played.
Rathcoole keeper Eoin O'Sullivan kept his defence organised throughout the fixture and the home side hardly threatened to score. Midfielder Noel O'Riordan and Michael Murphy both went close for Rathcoole in the opening hour as Grangevale rode their luck and had their post to thank for a clean sheet.
Then, with just ten minutes to play, Darragh O'Connor got the winner when he ran into the square and chipped the keeper neatly.
No team can rest on a one goal lead and Rathcoole had to defend diligently during the runup to fulltime. They have no game this weekend. In fact, the side has not had games on consecutive weekends in over a month and this seems to have impeded their momentum.
Hillington 0 Park United B 4
A FOUR goal blitz in the final half-hour of this game gave Park full points and huge satisfaction against Hillington who are joint third in the league. For Park, the performance was the perfect response to a heavy defeat to Dunbar the previous week and it brings the side closer to a congested midtable.
Although the sides were scoreless at halftime, the visitors had a bright first half and they played some good football.
Shane O'Brien went closest to breaking the deadlock with a shot that forced a good save but the likely breakthrough came just past the hour. Simon Maher made and scored that opener with a run past two players from the left wing and a neat finish.
That goal was a clear turning point and after that the win was never in doubt. Right-winger Tom Radcliffe made it two-nil on 70 minutes while Paddy O'Callaghan and Cory McCarthy scored their goals in the final ten minutes.
Park have more league action this Sunday morning with a clash at home to Central Rovers, the side who put them out of the Saxone Cup last September. Munster Senior League BOTH Fermoy and Mallow United had good wins last weekend in the Munster Senior League. Fermoy beat St Mary's by a goal to nil and the win put them safely midtable in the Senior Premier Division with 7 points from four games. Kurt Wheeler got the winning goal ten minutes into the second half following a great run from Graham Burns.
Mallow also won by a goal to nil in their Senior Second Division game away to Ballinhassig. Shane Sheehan headed home the winner on a corner from James Driscoll and, overall, a good team performance made sure of the three points. This result put Mallow in second place in the league, five points adrift of leaders Wilton United.