Forsyth goal sends Town into last four

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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