Sheriff's sharpshooters mow down Janesboro
Sheriff YC 4 Janesboro 1
Sheriff YC will contest the FAI Junior Cup final for the fourth time in five years after sweeping past Janesboro at Frank Cooke Park yesterday.
Aaron Nunan cancelled out Sheriff's opener through Sean Murphy, but Darren Dunne restored the Dubliners' advantage before the break and Mark Hughes and John Rock added further goals in the second half.
Sheriff must wait to discover their opponents in the decider after the other semi-final between St Peter's of Athlone and Pike Rovers had to be abandoned on Saturday night due to adverse weather. The match has been refixed for Wednesday week, April 20, at Leah Victoria Park in Tullamore.
Pike will hope to be boosted by the availability of captain Wayne Colbert. He was suspended for Saturday's match but, according to an FAI rule concerning causes of abandoned fixtures, he seems to be eligible for the rematch.
All the early pressure came from Sheriff, with Rock and Higgins both coming close in the early stages.
There was no surprise, then, when Murphy put them ahead on 16 minutes after he latched on to Anto Kavanagh's long ball and needed just one touch to guide his shot beyond onrushing goalkeeper Stephen Walsh.
For all their dominance, Sheriff's offside trap was prone to being breached and Nunan too full advantage two minutes later to equalise.
However, Sheriff - winners in 2012 and 2013 - quickly regained control and once Dunne put them back in front there was always going to be only one outcome.