High drama in Greystones
GREYSTONES UNITED booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Wicklow Cup on Friday night after an evening of high drama at the Woodlands.
With neither side capable of breaking the deadlock after 90 minutes, extra-time was required. And with both sides dreaming of a last eight place, the match finished 1-1 after 20 minutes of extra-time with Kurt Stark and Jay Devlin netting for the hosts and the visitors respectively.
But it was the home side who kept their nerve in the penalty shoot-out; emerging as 4-3 winners. Willie O'Hagan, Luke Bradley, Declan O'Mahony and Sebastian Cauldwell all kept their nerve to convert their spot kicks for ' Stones.
2008 Wicklow Cup champions Shillelagh United will have to wait another while to complete their last 16 tie. The Premier Division side hosted Avonmore FC on Sunday and were trailing to an Oliver Byrne strike when United player Patrick Hennessy suffered a serious leg injury and the match was abandoned. Avonmore FC would like to wish Hennessy a full and speedy recovery. The game is now expected to be replayed at a later date.
Wicklow Town's dream of lifting the Wicklow Cup is still alive after the Finlay Park side dumped St. Peter's Bhoys out of the competition on Sunday.
The Premier Division title hopefuls hosted the 2009 finalists and sealed their place in the last four thanks to a double from Maurice Dunne and a John O'Loughlin strike. Shane Gallagher netted a consolation effort for the Saints.
Aughrim Rangers also secured their place in the next round following a 3-1 win over fellow Division 1 side Dargle Rovers at Allen Park.
Richmond Rovers still have another round to play though before they reach the last eight. The Bray side travelled to the Bridgewater Centre Park on Sunday morning for a last 16 clash against Arklow Town and came away with a 1-2 triumph thanks to a goal apiece from Richie Golden and Darren Lyons.