Penalty drama dom­i­nates quar­ter-fi­nals

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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