St Kevin's Boys............................1
(Home Farm win 3-2 on Pens AET)
AROUND the pitch in 80 minutes ... and then to extra-time.
No real surprise there. Two of the legendary names of schoolboy football meeting in the U-16 SFAI Barry Cup at Whitehall yesterday afternoon.
Farm now proceed to the last 32, where they'll face Holycross from Tipperary, again in Whitehall, in the next round.
In truth, though, there were no losers here. It was a cracking good game.
All pace and courage. Not a second on the ball. Sweet pockets of skill.
Not much in the way of clear-cut chances, but that had so much to do with the brickwork at the back.
And also two mighty fine goalkeepers. Greg Murray of the Farm emerged as the hero of the penalty shootout.
He saved two spot-kicks and scored one himself, lashing in a thundering left-footer at the car park end.
The man he beat, Steven Payne, also had a rattling good match. He saved one of the Farm penalties. In normal time, he made two crucial stops and then in the second period of extra-time he denied Luke Byrne, Daniel Byrne and Paul Mannion.
Also on target for the hosts in the penalties were Ciaran Fitzsimons and Stephen Donnelly. Ray Foy and Richard Cray converted for Kevins.
Farm dominated much of the script yesterday, but Kevins always looked capable of nicking a goal.
And they did so in the 16th minute as Ben Callaghan headed in a left-wing corner from Matt Doyle at the car park end.
The equaliser was a beauty. It came in the 32nd minute. Niall Conran played a pacey delivery down the inside right channel.
Jack Watson went after it. The odds were against him as Payne advanced, there was a defender on his back and the angle was getting narrower by the second.
But Watson's putt was superb as he managed to tuck the ball just inside the far post. A real striker's finish and a treasure of a goal.
In the second period of normal time, Daniel Byrne and Mannion went close for Farm, while Murray dived bravely at the feet of the classy Callaghan.
But the longer it went on, those huddled around the chilly arena were beginning to think of extra-time.....and the full nine yards.
Home Farm: Greg Murray; David Lacey, Luke Byrne, Kevin Farragher, Greg Keogh, Daniel Byrne, Niall Conran, Donal Coughlan, Matt Foley, Jack Watson, Paul Mannion. Stephen Donnelly, Gareth Lloyd, Shane Ryan, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Gavin Ivory, Rutterson Reale, Lorcan Shannon.
St Kevin's Boys: Steven Payne; Glen Shannon, Graham Horan, Dylan Gaffney, Richard Cray, Liam O'Dwyer, Ben Callaghan, John Eyanga, Ray Foy, Matt Doyle, Graham Campion. Kevin Dunne.
Referee: Willie Byrne.