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Murphy saves the day as Shels end Swords dream

I quite fancied Swords as a dark horse in this competetion, believe it or not. I figured they could go on a decent run were the draw to favour them with a couple of home ties.

Balheary is one of the few 'I don't fancy goin' out there' venues left in the league. Alas the Swords ball was drawn second from the hat at the quarter-final stage and they had to travel to St.Anne's to play a strong Shelbourne SSC.

Swords gave as good as they got in the first period, yet they still managed to find themselves two goals in arrears as Joe McDonnell went to take his Thermos and Kit-Kat from his back-pack.

Mark Kelly back-heeled a Mark Power corner home on 16 and David Dolan converted a penalty ten before the break.

At that stage it looked to be done and dusted but Colm Gorman's men had other ideas.

A period of decent pressure culminated in a corner with 67 on the clock. Mark Murray's corner caused confusion in the Shels box and Ken Kiernan poked home.

Shels hit back and Colin Bracken hit a post before two miraculous saves by Sean Cunningham kept Swords in it.

They levelled matters with eight remaining when Wayne Cox set Nick Andrews away and he kept his head to set up extra minutes.

No goals in the 20 and so on to penalties where Mark Kelly, Dave Mackey, Sam Staunton and Leo Hennessy all scored for Shels. Nick Andrews, Ross Ryan and Mark Murray were spot on for Swords but it wasn't enough.

Shels 'keeper Mick 'Superman' Murphy was the hero of the hour stopping three spot kicks and the win was seen as a fitting tribute to Shay McDermott who passed away in the days before the game.

Shay was coach for Shelbourne's finest hour, a victory over St. James' Gate in the Leinster Junior. He will be sadly missed by all connected with the club, and wife Marie, sons Noel (present manager), Shay and Daughter Rhonda.

May he rest in peace.

Dano grounded by ash, but Mick's tie goes up in smoke

I must apologise to Dano Brazil. Last week I told you that he missed his game due to his car breaking down. Well it wasn't him at all you see.

It wouldn't really matter because these things happen, but Dano is, in fact, a mechanic by trade. He was in Poland but got caught up in the Volcano episode and transferred his duties to Michael Lynch who car failed enroute to the match.

Well book me Dano I'm sorry! I hope that Mick is back up and running again also and that the problem was a small and inexpensive one.

It probably wasn't a timing chain as Michael usually carries a few spares about his person.

Amateur Cup semi-final pairings now known

The semi-final pairings are now complete for the big one (Amateur Cup). Chanel will play Shels in the battle of the SSC's and Vianney and F.C. Blanch will square off in the other. Both at headquarters with the opening game tomorrow evening and the second semi-final on Thursday night.

I have a few funny stories about last week's question, but little space to relate, next week please god. The answer was John Collins and Collins John who both played for Fulham in the noughties.