Blue­bell spring up­set to progress

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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 ).

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