Nine-man Tralee Dynamos score twice in injury-time to force replay
AS this game ticked into added time Castleisland looked home and dry 2-0 ahead but Tralee Dynamos pulled off a Houdini Act with two goals in added time giving them another bite of the cherry.
This was a tempestuous and ill tempered game which at times looked as if it might get out of hand and it was not helped by referee Brian Healy who failed to stamp his authority on the game early on.
Three players were sent off in the second half and a couple of more were very lucky not to join them.
To be fair playing conditions were extremely difficult with continuous heavy rain and with the pitch getting wetter by the minute some tackles looked worse than they actually were.
The first half of this game was an uneventful affair as there were a lot of stoppages of play the longest when the nets had to be adjusted when a player got entangled in in one of them trying to get the ball.
Dynamos had an early chance when Jonathan Hannifan played in Danny Roche but he was denied by a great block by Castleisland goalie Kevin Moran.
Then Castleisland put a good move together involving Pa Hickey and Pa O Rourke creating an opening for Ray Huggard but his shot was straight at The Dynamos keeper.
Then a bit of needle crept into the game with mistimed tackles in sticky underfoot conditions resulting in the yellow card count increasing and as the game progressed it was inevitable that at some stage a red card would be issued to someone.
Both sides were happy to hear the half time whistle as they were hoping the rain might clear off for the second half but that failed to materialise.
The second half got off to an explosive start when Castleisland robbed Dynamos after the tip off and Pa Hickey made a great run down the middle from half way and just outside the box he let fly with a low shot which hopped in front of Dynamos goalie Chris Hegarty and flew into the bottom corner.
Dynamos looked in big trouble shortly afterwards when James Sugrue exacted some retribution on an opponent and got a straight red card while a Castleisland player was very lucky not to be sent off with him.
However matters were evened up three minutes later when Castleisland's Jason Mc Carthy was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
Now Castleisland packed their defence to protect their lead resulting in Dynamos having lots of possession but they very rarely looked like scoring. Danny Roche had a couple of half chances which yielded nothing and as the clock counted down Dynamos were running out of ideas.
Then Castleisland seemed to have the game wrapped up in the 83rd minute when Dean Poolman played in sub Jonathan Downey and on his left peg he sent a delightful shot to the top corner.
Then Dynamos were reduced to nine players when James Wall was sent off for a second yellow offence and as the game entered added time it looked as if Castleisland had performed a giant killing exercise.
However, Dynamos kept battling away and they got a glimmer of hope in the 92nd minute when Danny Roche crept in for a goal after being set up by sub Ivan Maher.
Then with time almost up Castleisland foolishly went offside near the half way line to allow Dynamos a free kick just inside their own half.
This was floated in towards the box by Kevin Moran leading to a foul on Jonathan Hannifan 10 yards outside the box.
Mark Fitzgerald's free kick hit a defender, came off the crossbar and rolled across the goal line, and in a mass of players Ivan Maher succeeded in getting the ball over the line.
Castleisland will be kicking themselves for throwing away this game so late while Dynamos were delighted to wrench a draw from the jaws of defeat.
Tralee Dynamos: Chris Hegarty, Shane Carey, Maurice O'Rahilly, Mark Fitzgerald, Jonathan Burrows, Oliver Coffey, James Sugrue, Jonathan Hannifan, Theo Diggins, James Wall, Danny Roche. Sub: Ivan Maher for Oliver Coffey
Castleisland B: Kevin Moran, Jason McCarthy, Ray Huggard, Neil O'Sullivan, Mike Cahill, Tim Walsh, Stan Devane, Pa Hickey, Pierse Brosnan, Dean Poolman, Pa O'Rourke. Sub: Jonathan Downey for Pa O'Rourke.
Referee: Brian Healy