Pentony the cup hero as manager's call pays off
Glebe North booked their place in the last 16 of the FAI Intermediate Cup with a hard-fought win at home to Newbridge Town on Thursday.
Glebe North 1 Newbridge Town 0
Despite being in a lower league Newbridge were always going to be tricky for the Balbriggan side, but Glebe did enough to progress. And not only are they in the next round of the Intermediate Cup, but it puts them into the first round of next year's FAI Senior Cup which is something to look forward to for the Balbriggan-based team.
In terms of chances Glebe were very comfortable as Newbridge only really had one effort on goal, but Alan O'Connor was more than capable of dealing with it.
Sean O'Connor made a welcome return to the Glebe starting XI after an extended period out through injury and he was put in ahead of Kingsley Karakitie who was unable to make the game due to work commitments.
Glebe's best chances in the first half came from set pieces as Alan Connor's deliveries caused Newbridge a lot of trouble. Jason Rankin connected with one particular cross but couldn't keep his header on target.
Ciaran O'Connor was next to try his luck from a headed effort, but again it went just wide of the target.
Steven Nolan, playing in an advanced position, had a shot on target, but it was well saved. Glebe were controlling the possession in the first 45 minutes, but they were only limited to half-chances.
Noel Barrett made a run from midfield and latched onto a pass, but his first-time shot was hit straight at the Newbridge keeper.
The sides went into the break scoreless, but Liam Kelly would have been the happier of the two managers.
Just on the hour mark the manager withdrew Sean O'Connor for Craig Pentony and five minutes after coming on the sub scored the game's only goal.
Pentony was called up from the second team after a series of impressive performances and he repaid the manager's faith in full.
Austin McCann whipped in a corner and Pentony, possibly the smallest player on the pitch, timed his run perfectly as he met the ball six yards out and powered his header into the bottom of the net.
Pentony missed two other opportunities shortly after, before Newbridge went with three at the back for the last half-hour and Glebe pushed three men up front to ensure it was a nip and tuck affair.
Speaking after the game, a delighted Liam Kelly was looking ahead to the cup draw.
'You're one game off the quarter-finals and three games off the Aviva, so you're going to meet good teams from here on in, but the lads are looking forward to it and we'll see what the draw brings in the New Year," he said.
Glebe North: Alan O'Connor, Phil Kavanagh, Alan Connor, Ciaran O'Connor, Jason Rankin, Noel Barrett, Anto Burke, Ken Costello (Pat Campbell), Stephen Nolan, Austin McCann, Sean O'Connor (Craig Pentony).