Saturday 24 March 2018

Devitt the hero

Fassaroe star nets winning peno

DANIEL GORMAN Sports Reporter

IF FASSAROE YC go on to lift the Charlie Byrne Cup, they'll have done it in some style.

At half time of their clash with Ballywaltrim on Sunday, they found themselves facing elimination from the competition as they trailed 0-2 courtesy of goals from Corey Byrne and Emmet Costello for the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park side.

Pearce Devitt gave his side some hope as he pulled a strike back early in the second period but time was not on the YC's side as the contest edged nearer and nearer to its climax.

But then, just as the visitors may have began to start planning their celebrations, Ross McMahon popped up and hit a 90th minute equaliser to force extra time.

Both sides cancelled each other out in the 20 minutes that followed and so the penalty shootout was called upon to find a winner and Pearce Devitt found himself celebrating once again as he stroked home side's eighth successive penalty to seal an 8-7 shoot-out victory for his side.

While Fassaroe have a long way to go yet before they can have their name engraved on the trophy, one thing we know for certain is that it will be a new name that will feature on the Charlie Byrne Cup because current holders Fairwood Celtic were dumped out by Shamrock Celtic on Sunday.

Shamrock Celtic were the side that Fairwood overcame in last year's final so the Arklow club will have taken great pleasure in taking revenge on the Dunne's Field club.

First half strikes from Stephen McGuinness and Sean Knowd was all it took to secure a 0-2 win for Shams.

Carnew United secured the upset of the weekend. They only have three points to their name this season but that didn't prevent them from eliminating previous Division 3 leaders Avonmore FC B from the competition. Jack Kearney's two goal haul was enough to see off the Rathdrum side, for whom Ollie Byrne was on target.

St. Fergal's AFC B also powered into the next stage. They travelled to the seaside to take on Greystones United and a resounding 1-5 thumping saw them smoothly progress to the next round.

Claudio Marmo scored Greystones' effort.