Clondalkin Celtic grabbed a stirring victory to advance to the second round of the Wally Winn Cup after a frantic and occasionally bizarre game of football at Beechill on Saturday afternoon.
Wayne Clleen was the hero for the Super Celts as he netted the only goal of the game in the second half, but at one stage it looked as if the Clondalkin striker's goal was going to be all in vain when the match was abandoned with ten minutes remaining.
Referee Paul Roche decided with ten minutes to go that he had heard enough verbal abuse and called the game off.
After some coaxing from both managers the whistler decided to resume the game and Celtic held out in a frenetic final few minutes to book a spot in the second round draw.
A 15-minute delay at the start of the game left both sets of players hungry for action and when the game started the foot was firmly on the throttle.
The sticky and bumpy pitch, though, destroyed any hope of a fluid passing game and both sides were forced to scrap it out from the off.
Celtic, who are a league below United, grabbed a bit of early momentum and with just eleven minutes gone David Geraghty rattled the home upright with a low drive from the edge of the area while Stephen Moles forced David Masterson into a fine one handed save.
Keith Walsh got United's first sniff of a chance when he gained a half-yard on his marker, but the striker couldn't keep his shot down and fired over the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.
Celtic had plenty about them in the early stages of the second half and went close to scoring when Clleen clipped the upright with a deft header. The Clondalkin striker, though, was celebrating after the hour mark when he wriggled through the offside trap, raced clear and clinically stroked the ball home by Masterson.
The game had become a slugging match, but with ten minutes left referee Roche heard one comment too many from the home line and abandoned the game.
After a short delay the game resumed and it was Clondalkin that were on the front foot and should have wrapped the game when Stephen Moles was presented with a golden chance to make it two nil, instead the impressive midfielder lifted a stinging shot over the crossbar from close range.
The Hill almost rescued the game in the dying moments when substitute Christian Doran cut inside from the right side of midfield and fired a low drive that shaved the wrong side of the upright. In the end, though, Celtic held on for a deserved win.
BEECHILL: David Masterson; Paul McCarthy, Derek Freeman, Kenny Roche, Scott Furlong, Richard Flanagan, Gary Masterson, David Paul, Keith Walsh, Scott Fitzpatrick, Graham O'Donovan. Subs: Niall Byrne (for Flanagan 58mins), Stephen Walsh (for McCarthy 80mins), Christian Doran (for G. Masterson 87mins), Giovanni Caffolla.
CLONDALKIN: Mark Taylor; Robert Gough, Alfie Fleming, John McKeever, Patrick Geraghty, Craig Cannon, Andy King, Stephen Moles, Wayne Clleen, Shane McHugh, David Geraghty. Subs: Neil Byrne (for McHugh 73mins), Stephen Moles 87mins), Barry O'Sullivan, Gavin Fleming, David Gilligan.
Referee: Paul Roche.