Sunday 24 September 2017

Fingal book cup semi-final date

ANOTHER weekend of mixed fortunes ended on a high note for Fingal as they sent Division 1 league leaders Pembroke crashing out of the Leinster Cup in this quarter-final at ALSAA.

John McInerney's team, who are battling against relegation, put their league woes aside and quickly opened up a 2-0 lead against their more illustrious opponents. Chris Neville put them on the board and the second goal was scored by Shane Dempsey following a great run from the back by David Bane. Goal number three on 50 minutes also had a touch of class about it as Neville used a supporting player as a decoy and walked the ball around the stranded Pembroke keeper. The visitors did pull a goal back with 10 minutes left, but Fingal were comfortable in the closing moments and booked their place in the last four. However, they now look certain to be contesting a relegation play-off in the league following Saturday's 3-2 defeat away to Railway. Fingal hadn't played a match since December 10th, while their opponents benefited from two recent friendlies and their participation in an indoor tournament during the mid-winter break. Therefore it was no surprise when Railway came out of the blocks and burst into a 3-0 lead after nine minutes. To their credit, though, Fingal then got into their stride and hit back through Neville (45 minutes) and Dempsey (55). The away side then had three one-on-one chances in the closing stages but failed to convert any of them as Railway hung on for the points. It's league action once more next weekend when Fingal make the short trip to UCD. FINGAL: Eoin Connolly, Jim Dunne, Eamon Bane, Conor Connolly, David Bane, Andrew Marshall, Luke Hayden, Simon McKeever, Marcus O'Brien, Andrew Shekleton, Chris Neville. Rotation subs: Ben Chillingworth, Shane Dempsey, Paddy Gahan, Adrian Sweeney, Jeremy McKeever.