Bluebell spring upset to progress
Non-league Bluebell United are into the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup after shocking First Division Cabinteely at Stradbrook last night.
Cabinteely boss Pat Devlin had cautioned about Bluebell’s class in the build-up to the tie and they managed to hold on for victory after Shane Stritch fired them ahead on 20 minutes.
The attacker profited from a horrendous mix-up between Sean Fitzpatrick and his goalkeeper Mick Kelly to slot into an empty net.
Despite Kieran Marty Waters and Ryan Swan having chances to force extra-time, and Keith Fahey getting sent off late on, Andy Noonan’s side survived Cabinteely’s comeback attempt. Early scare Bluebell had to survive an early scare when Dean Casey’s shot rebounded off the crossbar and Swan couldn’t convert the loose ball.
Stritch then began to probe at the other end and was alert to punish the mistake and give Bluebell a crucial lead.
In response, Conor Keeley had an effort hacked off the line and Waters wasted a chance to level midway through the second half.
With 13 minutes left, Swan had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. Not even Fahey’s red card, for a late challenge on Waters, prevented Bluebell from taking a League of Ireland scalp.
CABIN TEE LY: Kelly; Robinson, Fitzpatrick, Keeley, McGee; E arley, D Doyle( C Galvin 57), Lo te fa, Casey( Scott 72), Swan, Waters. BLUE BELL U TD: Nulty; Russell, Lawrence (Flood 83), Cullen, Keeler; See ry, Fa hey, Quinn, Griffiths (Scully75); Stritch, Ebbe (Walsh67). Referee: Andrew Mullally( Dublin ).