Sunday 24 September 2017

Molloy returns to shock Athlone

ATHLONE TOWN 2 - BLUEBELL UNITED 3 (After extra-time) FAI CUP 2ND RD REPLAY

Seventeen years after Trevor Molloy scored 12 goals in 18 games for Athlone as a teenager, he came back to haunt his old club with a man of the match display that sent non-league Bluebell into the third round.

Bluebell fully deserved this victory, having created far more chances.

Ian Sweeney's 33rd-minute opener for Athlone came entirely against the run of play, immediately after Ian Cherry rattled the crossbar at the other end from close range. Molloy's neat finish from six yards levelled matters just before the break and he put his side ahead midway through the second half, firing a precision 30-yarder into the bottom corner.

Substitute Toyeeb Mustapha equalised for Athlone, crashing the loose ball home from the edge of the penalty area to send the game into extra-time.

But Molloy again came up trumps, as a wonderful piece of footwork got him away from two defenders and allowed him to find Peter Darcy with an excellent low cross. The midfielder made no mistake, slamming the ball home to take Bluebell through.

ATHLONE TOWN – Skinner; R Collins, Harney, A Collins, Clancy; Gill (Brookes h-t); Sweeney (Clarke 81), Lanigan, Hughes, Coombes (Mustapha 65); Gorman.

BLUEBELL UNITED – Coleman; Rooney (Killeen h-t), Sherlock, Cherry, Rafter; Stewart (Kelly 113), Darcy, Douglas, Molloy; Stritch (Satelle 75), Griffiths.

Ref – J McLoughlin

Irish Independent

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