Penalty drama dominates quarter-finals
PENALTY SHOOT-OUTS dominated the Charlie Byrne Cup quarter-finals at the weekend with two of the three last eight clashes being decided by the dreaded spot-kicks.
It took 15 penalties in total to separate local rivals Wicklow Town B and Wicklow Rovers B at the Whitegates.
Mixer Dunne had given the visitors the lead in the first half but Rovers drew level in the second period to force extratime. The duo were still deadlocked after 20 minutes of extra-time so it was do-or-die time.
Town custodian Ian Corkish saved and scored a penalty in the shoot-out, while Josh Graham, Dunne, Finn Corkish and Ger Browne all kept their cool from 12 yards to seal a memorable win for the Finlay Park side.
Also advancing to the last four courtesy of a shoot-out were Charlesland AFC. The Division 3 promotion hopefuls travelled to Ferndale Park for a date with Arklow United B and after both normal and extra time finished 1-1, advanced to the semi's courtesy of a 3-5 win in the shoot-out. Eddie Neary had notched for the hosts in normal time. One team who won't be lifting the Charlie Byrne Cup come May are Redbank United. United faced an unenviable trip to Rooster's Park to take on Conary United but found themselves two goals to the good with just 20 minutes remaining thanks to strikes from Martin Kavanagh and Andy Carstairs.
But the hosts rallied and got back on level terms through Eddie Roche and PJ Flusky before David Doran completed the comeback late on to dump the Moneystown side out of the competition.
Also dreaming of a place in the last four are Fairwood Celtic. The Division 3 leaders booked their place in the last eight on Sunday and, just like Conary United, they had to come from behind.
Celtic found themselves trailing 1-3 to St. Kevin's at the break at Dunne's Field but PJ O'Keefe inspired his side to launch a comeback, landing three goals as his team recovered to win their first round clash 4-3. Tony Darcy struck the hosts other goal.