ON a weekend of mixed fortunes for Cloghertown United teams, top billing went to the Under-18 side who came through a thrilling FAI Umbro Youth Cup tie on Sunday afternoon.
Their opponents at Paddy McGuinness Park were Mullingar Athletic and and the North Dublin League outfit eventually progressed to round two 5-4 after extra time. Cloghertown looked to be on course to win the tie in normal time when leading 3-2 with only seconds remaining, but a fine Mullingar side struck with a well-executed goal in the second minute added for stoppages to make it 3-3.
The home side's goals came from midfielder Shane O'Brien and a brace from striker Richie O'Sullivan. In the first period of extra time, a hat-trick goal by O'Sullivan was cancelled out by Mullingar and it took a superb free kick by Cloghertown's Roy Moore in the second period to separate the sides. Overall this was a solid performance by Cloghertown.
The defence, with valuable support from midfield, operated well as a unit in order to contain a lively Mullingar attack, while up front the strikers were alert to the astute passes threaded through from midfield.
CLOGHERTOWN UNITED: Darragh Morrissey, Craig Doyle, Ciaran Brangan, Roy Moore, Graham Connor, Adi, Shane O'Brien, Brian Shanahan, Colin Andrews, Jamie Harford, Richard O'Sullivan. Subs: John Corry, Davidas, John Shortall, Karl McGuinness. -Meanwhile, in the Under-15B division Cloghertown suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Malahide United on Sunday morning. Notwithstanding that the visitors secured victory with two fortuitous long-range goals in the second half, this was a wake-up call for the home side who generally looked tired and listless and failed to implement a coherent game plan. Cloghertown's scores came from a Stephen Kane penalty after Ben O'Brien was taken down in the box, and a neat O'Brien strike when he latched onto a ball which Patrick Mc Gill chased and cut back from the endline.