Sunday 28 December 2014

Finger-tip save from O'Leary rescues a replay for Avondale

St Michael's 0 Avondale Utd 0

Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30

Avondale's Eoghan Lougheed narrowly missed the Cork side's best chance of the match. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Avondale's Eoghan Lougheed narrowly missed the Cork side's best chance of the match. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

THE FAI Junior Cup holders and the FAI Intermediate Cup champions played out a stalemate in their FAI Cup third-round clash in the rain at Cooke Park in Tipperary Town yesterday.

The teams will meet again in a replay at Avondale Park in Carrigaline next Saturday (6.0), with a coveted place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

Danny Long and Graham McCarthy missed early chances for Avondale.

Then Eoghan Lougheed, having beaten St Michael's goalkeeper Aaron Wall in a race for possession, dinked the ball just wide in the Cork side's best chance.

The Saints' Russell Quirke fired into the side netting in their best opening of a first half played in heavy rain, and Richie Ryan produced a late finger-tip save from Daniel O'Leary after 82 minutes.

St Michael's beat Avondale at the same venue two weeks ago in the Tom Hand Cup final.

St Michael's - Wall; Ryan, Breen, Walsh (capt), O'Brien; Quirke, Bargary, Fahey, Carr; Ryan (D McGrath 85), Lynch (M McGrath 68).

Avondale Utd - O'Leary; Horgan, Mulconry, Lougheed; R Long, Caulfield, Murphy, Warren (Spratt 72), Kelly; McCarthy, D Long (capt).

Ref - J Walshe (STDL)

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