SAXONE CUP FINAL
(Hibernians won 5-4 on penalties after extra time) CFC Banteer's wonderful Saxone Cup adventure finished in heartbreak last Friday evening when Hibernians won the title on a penalty shoot-out.
The sides were tied at one-all after almost two hours of intense football. Despite the disappointment, however, Banteer can take comfort in a good display and an outstanding cup run overall.
While both sides started brightly, Hibernians took early control of the game and they went ahead after twenty minutes. The Ringaskiddy-based side then defended this lead without making many other clear chances for the remainder of normal time. Banteer, in contrast, battled their way to a greater share of possession and attacked the Hibs goal relentlessly.
This determination paid off with only five minutes on the clock. David Murphy took a Banteer throw to Timmy Murphy who fired it across the box. Hibs struggled to react quickly and two deflections put the ball into their net. Banteer's support erupted and that reaction was as uplifting for the players as their equaliser.
The same pattern of play continued during the twenty minutes of time added-on. CFC Banteer continued to press but could not get through the Hibs defence which has been the tightest defence in League 2A this season.
The penalty shoot-out provided a decisive resolution to the contest. Kenneth Browne, Paudie Ryan, Niall Carney, Timmy Murphy and David Murphy all kept their nerve and took Banteer's penalties.
Their goalkeeper Jerry O'Connell got a hand to two Hibs penalties but the shoot-out finished 5-4 to Hibs with Banteer finishing as runners-up.
Banteer have no game this weekend. Instead of a playing, they can savour the highlights from last week's final: an appearance in Turner's Cross, a good performance, an equaliser, four scored penalties and wonderful support.