Thursday 14 December 2017

Last-gasp Banyo snatches victory for Salesian

Gavin Earley

STRIKER Brian Banyo struck a last-gasp winner in extra-time at Monaghan's Kingspan Century Park yesterday to help Salesian overcome Carndonagh and progress to the final of the FAI Umbro Schools Senior Cup.

A penalty shoot-out was on the cards when Banyo struck with only two minutes of the 110 remaining to cap an impressive turnaround from the Celbridge school.

Carndonagh began the game brightly and grabbed an early advantage through Seamus Doherty's header just before the 20-minute mark. And they should have doubled their lead minutes later, when Brendan McLaughlin fired over from close range.

Salesian responded positively, although they were aided by a slice of good fortune when drawing level before the break. Fergal Conway rose with goalkeeper Martin McLaughlin as a free-kick was launched into the box and did enough to force the netminder to spill the ball into his own net.

Salesian substitute Eoghan Markey shot over as the Kildare school shot out of the blocks at the start of extra-time and then Banyo and Michael O'Grady both completely missed Smith's cross with an empty net at their mercy before they eventually manufactured the crucial goal.

A scramble in the box saw Banyo given just the yard of space he needed to glance a header beyond McLaughlin from close range.

SALESIAN COLLEGE -- S McNamara, G Keane, M Ilunga, P Markey, T Boyle, M O'Grady, C Smith, M Brown, F Conway, B Banyo, K Molloy (E Markey 76).

CARNDONAGH CS -- M McLaughlin, P Doherty (M Shiels 95), D McLaughlin, R Ward, D Grant, K McCarrow, B McLaughlin (R Doherty 68), R McLoughlin, D McDaid, D Doherty, S Doherty.

THREE cracking second-half goals eased Cork outfit Christ the King into the FAIS senior girls' decider.

St Joseph's, from Summerhill in Athlone, took the lead after 12 minutes when Gillian Egan slotted home, but just four minutes later the teams were level when Megan Connolly scored from close range.

After the break the talented duo of Catriona Mackey and Connolly took over and Joseph's simply had no answer. Yvonne Cahill's pass to Connolly was finished brilliantly by the striker to give the Cork side the lead after 42 minutes.

And it was all over after 51 minutes when Mackey swivelled beautifully and rifled to the roof of the net to give the goalkeeper no chance.

To cap a fine performance, Connolly set up Mackey, who stroked home the fourth goal in the dying seconds.

ChRISt The King -- J Kavanagh, L Cooney, S Millane, P Mackey, R Casey, Y Cahill, J White, C Cooney, C Sexton, M Connolly, C Mackey. Subs used: C Murphy, S Duggan, A Moore.

st joseph's -- E Freebourne, C Dunning, K Finlass, M Nolan, R Shine, M O'Brien, B Gately, J Keogh, R Naughton, N O'Brien, G Egan. Subs used: K Dunning, E Igoe, A Lennon.

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