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Chanel SSC..............................................1

FC Town.................................................1

(aet FC TOWN WIN 3-1 on penalties)

Well, FC Town fully deserve to have their name in the hat for the next round of the Harding Cup. They dominated for much of this exhilarating cup tie but in the end had to rely on spot-kicks to progress.

Town had revenge on their minds as they sought to blot out the heartbreaking semi-final defeat at the hands of Chanel in this competition last year.

Chanel went on to lift the trophy at headquarters, but they wouldn't have wished for this fixture at the first hurdle of defence. Town laid siege on the Chanel goal from the outset and had they been three or four up at the break it wouldn't have been an injustice.

Patrick McDonagh, John Collins, Joe McDonagh and Paul Rattigan all had decent chances that were either squandered or thwarted by Mark Byrne.

Then with four minutes remaining in the half and Chanel yet to launch a meaningful attack on the visitors goal, they won a free just inside the Town half in a seemingly harmless situation.

Nick Conlon appeared to be aiming for the far post but the ball sailed into the net eluding Charlie McDonagh who's vision appeared to have been hampered by the sun.

McDonagh effectively bolted the stable door when the horse had bolted by wearing a cap for the remainder of the half.

The students led 1-0 at the break and Chanel seemed content to soak up upon the restart.

Tom McCarthy and Neil Ffrench, it has to be said were resolute in defence.

The equaliser would just not come for Town it seemed.

Then with barely three minutes of normal remaining and at the end of a goalmouth melee, Michael McDonald got a toe on it to send us into extra minutes and the Town faithful into raptures.


Extra-time failed to produce a winner or a goal for that matter. Chanel went closest when Paul Deighan forced McDonagh to save with his feet with six remaining.

The rebound fell again to Deighan but he fired just wide of the post on the second occasion.

It was an abysmal shootout for the home side with only Phillip Ardiff managing to convert, but Pat McDonagh, Paul Rattigan and John Collins all managed to find the net sending FC Town through to the next round.

Chanel SSC: Mark Byrne, Phillip Ardiff, Tom McCarthy, Gary Walker, Neil Ffrench, Nick Conlon, Joe O'Doherty, John Naughton, Brian Cox, Keith Kelly, Phil Byrne, Ciaran Sieuw, Trevor Arkins, Paul Deighan, Enda Logue, Pat Farrell.

FC Town: Charlie McDonagh, Pat Gallagher, John Rattigan, Martin McDonald, Patrick Collins, Michael McDonald, Michael Collins, Joe McDonagh, Patrick McDonagh, John Collins, Paul Rattigan, John Collins (2), Martin Collins, Pat McDonagh.