INTERMEDIATE Cup champions Avondale United live to fight another day in the senior competition after coming from behind to force a draw with Finn Harps at Avondale Park.
On a perfect day for football, it was a close fought first half and the two best chances came just before the break.
Daniel O’Leary made a great save to deny substitute Brian McGrory in a one-on-one after 43 minutes when he latched on to Pat McCann’s through-ball.
Avondale’s best chance fell to Kenny Murphy from a free-kick but his effort was deflected up and over Conor Wynn’s crossbar.
The breakthrough goal arrived on 52 minutes when veteran midfielder Michael Funston rounded the ‘keeper and slotted to an empty net after Caoimhin Bonner won a header and Kevin McHugh played in Funston.
But the Dales drew level on 77 minutes when skipper Danny Long powered home a near-post header from Kenny Murphy’s corner to earn the MSL kingpins a replay.
AVONDALE UNITED – O’Leary; Kiely (Connolly 62), Horgan, Spratt, Lougheed; Kelly, Warren, Murphy, Lally, R Long; D. Long (capt).
FINN HARPS – Wynn; Coll, Mailey, Bonner; Cowan, McMonigle (McGrory 42), McCann, Funston (O’Callaghan 82), J. Mailey; Harkin, McHug