Wednesday 20 September 2017

FAI Cup round-up: Heroic Glenville push Shamrock Rovers all the way while Crumlin take League of Ireland scalp

David Webster of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville
David Webster of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville
11 August 2017; Conor Moore of Glenville in action against Michael O'Connor of Shamrock Rovers during the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round match between Shamrock Rovers and Glenville at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
11 August 2017; Derek Doyle of Glenville in action against Ronan Finn of Shamrock Rovers during the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round match between Shamrock Rovers and Glenville at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
11 August 2017; Ciaran McDonnell of Glenville in action against Gary Shaw of Shamrock Rovers during the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round match between Shamrock Rovers and Glenville at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
11 August 2017; Aaron Bolger of Shamrock Rovers in action against Philip Duffy of Glenville during the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round match between Shamrock Rovers and Glenville at Tallaght Stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Graham Burke’s early goal failed to open the floodgates as Shamrock Rovers, despite owning the ball, laboured into the second round of the FAI Cup against their Leinster Senior League opponents at Tallaght Stadium.

Wasting little time in troubling the visitors, with Glenville keeper Patrick Whelan having to come off his line promptly to smother the ball at the feet of Gary Shaw early on, Rovers took lead on 13 minutes.

Little did they know it would be the only score of the game.

It stemmed from their first corner of the night after which Ronan Finn and Dean Carpenter had initial shots gallanted blocked by the Glenville defence. But the ball ran for Burke who blasted it into the roof of the net off his trusted left foot.

Michael O’Connor chipped wide while Shaw missed a bit of a sitter from Trevor Clarke’s cross as Glenville held out for the remainder of the first half.

The Palmerstown non-league side then blew a chance to level two minutes into the second half. Tomer Chencinski was caught off his line and the retreating Rovers keeper had Dean Carpenter to thank for getting back to block Robert Murtagh’s shot.

Though Rovers dominated the remainder of the game, they couldn’t find a further way past an inspired Whelan who made a sublime save from Michael O’Connor, with further stops from Burke and later Finn, as Rovers had to settle for the narrowest of wins.

Meanwhile, Shelbourne caused a major shock away to Waterford, as Owen Heary’s men shocked the Premier Division front-runners with a resounding 3-0 victory with ten men.

After a scoreless opening half, Shels came to life immediately after the restart when Chris Lyons put the Reds in front.

The dismissal of Niall Lanigan five minutes later didn’t deter the visitors as further goals from Jamie Doyle, in the 78th minute and James English on 89 minutes, gave the Drumcondra men a famous win.

Crumlin United also caused a big shock by beating First Division Wexford 2-1 at Ferrycarrig Park.

The Dubliners took the lead in the 24th minute through David Vickery, with Owen McCormack replying for the home side on 30 minutes.

However, Jake Donnelly was the hero for the Leinster Senior League side with an 86th minute header to put the south Dubliners into the next round.

Cabinteely, meanwhile, beat their First Division rivals UCD 3-1 at Stradbrook.

Kieran Marty Waters put Cabo ahead on 43 minutes, with Anthony Dolan doubling their lead on 51 minutes.

Ben Hanrahan pulled a goal back for the Students in the 56th minute, but Ryan Swan hit back for Cabinteely in the 58th minute to seal their win.

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