More ‘Hear t’break as Colum­bas crash out

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S HEART/KILLINARDEN 1 COLUM­BAS ROVERS 1

COLUM­BAS Rovers’ bad luck in the cups this sea­son con­tin­ued as they were edged out by Sa­cred Heart/killinarden in Tal­laght on Satur­day af­ter­noon via a penalty shootout.

Des Konopka’s side have now ex­ited four cup com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son af­ter ex­tra time and/or penal­ties.

Colum­bas looked rusty early on - no sur­prise given that this was their first match in six weeks - but grad­u­ally they gained con­trol of mid­field and with their first at­tack they took the lead. Mick Mclough­lin crossed the ball to Mark Cashin who toe-poked the ball home.

Colum­bas al­most dou­bled their lead just be­fore half-time when Davy Browne chipped the keeper, only to see his shot hit the un­der­side of the bar.

Sa­cred Heart/killinarden sur­vived a wave of pres­sure from Rovers in the sec­ond half be­fore equal­is­ing with 15 to go to send the game to ex­tra time.

Colum­bas dom­i­nated dur­ing the ex­tra 30 min­utes, with Brian Fin­negan hit­ting the post late on, but try as they might they just couldn’t score that cru­cial sec­ond goal and Sa­cred Heart proved fault­less in the penalty shootout and pro­gressed 5-3. COLUM­BAS ROVERS: Dar­ragh Cahill, Mick Mclough­lin, Karl Led­widge, Andy Green, Bren­dan Quinn (Mike Kennedy), Ben Old­field, Paul Mcewan, Stephen O’cal­laghan, Jason Gilchrist, Davy Brown (Brian Fin­negan), Mark Cashin (Damien Daly).

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