Rathnew into semis
RATHNEW AFC became the final side to qualify for the last four of the Jim McLaughlin Premier Trophy after overcoming Enniskerry YC in their quarter-final clash with the help of a penalty shoot-out.
The Villagers joined Sugarloaf FC, Wicklow Town A and defending champions Newtown United A in the penultimate round after a 7-6 shoot-out victory.
After 90 minutes of action at Shamrock Park last Wednesday evening, the sides were locked at four goals apiece. A Jody Merrigan double and singles from Paul Merrigan and Anthony Doyle for the hosts were cancelled out by efforts from Gavin Barton, Justin Melia, Niall Vaughan and Alan King for Enniskerry.
Extra-time proved indecisive so it was time for the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
And after six successful penalties, Edward Doyle converted his spot-kick for Rathnew to make it advantage to the hosts. And when the visitors missed with their seventh attempt, Rathnew began celebrating their semi-final spot.
Anthony Doyle, Mark Doyle, Nicky Mernagh, Jody Merrigan, Dean Franey and Colin Jameson were also successful with their 12-yarders for Rathnew.