Monday 20 November 2017

Timlin finds a little extra

Bray Wds 2 St Patrick’s Athletic 3

St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley.
St Patrick's Athletic manager Liam Buckley. newddesk

Holders St Patrick's Athletic ended their Bray hoodoo to earn a place in the last four.

The Wicklow side knocked Pat's out of the tournament in March and then beat Liam Buckley's men 1-0 in the league last month.

Yesterday, it took extra-time to separate the teams when Mark Timlin's 110th-minute cross caught out goalkeeper Peter Cherrie and dropped in off the back post.

The Saints had gone 2-1 up in the 96th minute when substitute Jamie McGrath headed in Ger O'Brien's cross. But Bray levelled for a second time just 22 seconds into the second period as Dylan Connolly's cross was finished by Gareth McDonagh.

After a tight first half, the visitors broke the deadlock eight minutes after the interval as Timlin set up Billy Dennehy to score.

However, the Seagulls hit back to level six minutes later when Connolly cut back inside from the left wing to delightfully chip a stranded Brendan Clarke from 20 yards.

Bray Wds - Cherrie; Douglas, Kenna, McNally, Harding (Marks 91); Moore, Salmon (Noone 76), Creevy, Salmon, Connolly; Lewis (McDonagh 60), Pender.

St Pat's - Clarke; O'Brien, Hoare, Darren Dennehy, Desmond; Byrne (McGrath 72), Cawley, Kelly, Billy Dennehy; Corcoran (Treacy 87), Timlin.

Ref- B Connolly (Dublin).

Hyland the Hoops hero

(aet) Rovers win 3-2 on penalties

Goalkeeper Craig Hyland was the hero for Shamrock Rovers with three penalty saves in a shoot-out as Rovers reached the EA Sports Cup semi-finals.

Shels beat Bohemians on penalties in the last round, and Danny North’s own goal gave them a 28th-minute lead last night.

They should have been 2-0 up at the break, Lorcan Shannon’s shot crashed off the crossbar.

The excellent Dean Clarke, who had come on at half-time, equalised for Pat Fenlon’s team after an hour, driving a shot past Pat Cregg.

Both teams had chances to win it before Rob Cornwall’s foul on Robbie Duggan earned him a second yellow card as Rovers finished with 10.

At 1-1 in the shoot-out, Hyland saved from Daire Doyle and Bobby O’Reilly to give Brandon Miele the chance to win it for the Hoops.

His effort hit the bar but Hyland then saved from James English to send Rovers through.

Shelbourne – Murray; Duggan, Keeley (Collins 53), Robinson, Kehoe; Shannon (Doyle 94), Doyle, O’Reilly, Walshe; Grimes (Sandford 116); English.

Shamrock Rovers – Hyland; Hanney, Cornwall, Blanchard (Webster 70), Heaney; McCaffrey (Boyd 46), Cregg, Purdy, T Clarke (D Clarke 46); Miele; North.

Ref – R Matthews.

Jarvis sinks Cork City

(aet) Cork City 1 Derry City 2

Dean JARVIS’ extra-time strike booked Derry City’s place in the semi-finals as the Candystripes overcame a much-changed Cork City at Turner’s Cross.

Burly striker Mark O’Sullivan fired the home side in front with a thunderous effort after being teed up on the edge of the area from Ian Turner’s free kick on the ninth minute.

The visitors hauled level just before half-time when Barry McNamee latched on to a Dean Jarvis pass just outside the box before driving the ball into the far corner, leaving City shot-stopper Alan Smith with no chance.

Extra time was needed after the sides could not be separated in 90 minutes and it took Derry just five minutes to seize full control of the tie. Substitute Nathan Boyle did exceptionally well to latch onto a high cross-field ball before sending a cross towards the back post, where Jarvis was on hand to finish.

CORK CITY – Smith, Dunleavy, Healy, Holohan (Maguire 98), Morrissey,  Dooley,  O’Connor, McSweeney, McCarthy (Bolger 98), O’Sullivan, Turner (Buckley, 72)

DERRY CITY – Doherty, Vemmelund,Jarvis,  McEneff, McBride, McCormack, McNamee, Ward (Daniels, 126), Patterson, Curtis (N. Boyle 78),  Barry

REF – S Grant

Irish Independent

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