Friday 19 January 2018

Last four for Cup decided

The four semi finalists of the Charlie Bishop Cup are at last known. Joining Arklow Town in the last four will be Newtown United A, Celtic Stars and Glencormac United.

With the draw for the penultimate stage made in advanced, we now know that Arklow Town – conquerors of Rathnew A in their quarter final clash- will come up against Celtic Stars while Glencormac United will have to try and topple the mighty Newtown United A.

Celtic Stars lived dangerously as they eventually disposed of the challenge of Division 3 North club Ballywaltrim FC. Home advantage should have made this a relatively straightforward affair but after 90 minutes, extra time was required with the then scoreline delicately poised at 1-1.

Stars' superiority shone through in the end though as they ran in three unanswered goals in 20 minutes of extra time to advance. Pawel Piskorz struck a double for the hosts, with Cillan Doyle and Daniel Egan also on target, the latter's effort coming from the penalty spot.

Darren Forde was the man responsible for the Bray club's strike in normal time.

Glencormac United also cashed in their chips late on at Ryder's Field as they dumped Shamrock Celtic out of the competition. Cian McGoldrick's opener midway through the first half on a knife edge before Ian Devlin, returning from injury, sealed matters with his late strike.

Division 3 North club Celtic took the defeat badly and a dressing room door was kicked in after the final whistle. Glencormac United have reported the incident to the league and Shamrock Celtic have released the following statement in relation to the matter: "Shamrock Celtic would like to apologise for the incident and have made contact with the club to compensate the damage. It was a regrettable incident after a well-contested game by both teams and we would like to wish them the best of luck for the next round."

And next up for the Glens is the mammoth task of a trip to the Matt Kelly Memorial Grounds for a date with Newtown United A. Ashford Rovers were the Magpies' last eight opponents and two first half goals from Martin Melia and Martin Williams did the damage for Newtown in a 0-2 victory. For more details on this one, see our focus match.

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