Forsyth goal sends Town into last four
Arklow Town 2, Belgrove 1 (AET): A very exciting Charlie Cahill Cup quarter-final game in Bridgewater Park saw Arklow Town progress at the expense of Belgrove.
This game had everything on the night: goals, extra-time and four red cards.
William Tyrell - playing in an unfamiliar midfield role - was the first scorer on the night. He powerfully headed Greg Kilkenny's in-swinging corner-kick to the net to give the home side the lead.
Just before half-time, Jonathan Kelty was fouled by the last defender when he had already gone by the keeper and looked assured to score. To the amazement of everybody in the ground though, the referee just produced a yellow card for the Belgrove centre half.
The official then sent the Arklow assistant manager, Steve Martin, to the stand for disputing the decision.
Another bad refereeing decision saw Belgrove score direct from a quick free-kick. The official had already signalled that the player should wait for his whistle but he didn't, and Arklow Town's Ray Kenny and Graham Lawlor were then booked for their protests. Both players would subsequently be sent off in extra-time in a game that barely had one bad tackle all night.
The official had clearly lost his control on the night's proceedings.
The night's winning goal came from the industrious Carl Forsyth. The young winger closed the keeper down and his attempted clearance ricocheted off Forsyth and into the net to give Arklow the precious lead.
Belgrove applied some late pressure but couldn't break down the home side's solid defence. Just before the final whistle the referee brandished his fourth red card of the night to Belgrove's centre half.
Arklow will now face Wayside Celtic at Bridgewater Park in the semi final of the cup.