Castleis­land’s FAI Cup run ends against VEC FC

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FAI JU­NIOR CUP FIFTH ROUND (LAST 64)

Castleis­land 0 VEC FC (Dublin) 3

CASTLEIS­LAND’S great run in the FAI Ju­nior Cup came to and end in the North Kerry town on Sun­day when they went down to strong Dublin side VEC FC.

The game was played in test­ing con­di­tions and the vis­i­tors had the as­sis­tance of a strong wind in the first half and they en­joyed the lion’s share of posses­sion.

How­ever Castleis­land de­fended sen­si­bly against the el­e­ments and go­ing in 1-0 down at half time they were in a de­cent enough po­si­tion know­ing they would have a strong wind be­hind them in the sec­ond half.

VEC were a very big phys­i­cal side who were ex­tremely dan­ger­ous from set piece sit­u­a­tions hav­ing a huge height ad­van­tage.

While the vis­i­tors were on top in the open­ing 20 min­utes they had noth­ing to show for it and Castleis­land were cre­at­ing a few chances on the counter at­tack.

All this changed in the 23rd minute when VEC forced a cor­ner kick. It was de­liv­ered into the goal­mouth by Dani Gon­za­les where it was flicked on at the near post. As the ball broke loose in front of goals a shot by Ai­dan Hy­land was par­ried by Castleis­land goalie Stephen Bartlett and de­flected off a de­fender and as Bartlett tried to re­cover the ball it struck the in­side of the post and he was deemed to have taken the ball over the line to the dis­plea­sure of Castleis­land play­ers.

Castleis­land then put a few good at­tacks to­gether and Stan Di­vane had two ef­forts on goal his first a bi­cy­cle kick went wide while an­other ef­fort from in­side the box was su­perbly blocked by Gavin Mur­phy.

Go­ing in 1-0 down was sat­is­fac­tory enough for the home side and they came out in the sec­ond half with a spring in their steps.

Stan Di­vane had a chance from a cor­ner kick but he fluffed his shot while a Tommy Fee­han free kick went over the top.

They were only a whisker away from equal­is­ing in the 59th minute when Ai­dan O’Cal­laghan met a Tommy Fee­han free kick and his pow­er­ful header was just inches wide.

How­ever VEC put clear day­light be­tween the sides in the 70th minute when a Dani Gon­za­lez free kick found Ai­dan Hy­land at the back post and his header found the net get­ting a nick off a de­fender along the way.

Castleis­land had the ball in the net in the 76th minute af­ter a Tommy Fee­han free kick broke loose in the box and sub Mike Mc­Carthy smashed the ball to the back off the net but he was ruled off­side by li­nes­man Ed­die O’Ma­hony to the de­ri­sion of the home fans.

VEC wrapped up the game in the 84th minute when Ai­dan Hy­land played in Sea­mus Staunton and he gave Stephen Bartlett no chance from close range.

Castleis­land could not be faulted for lack off ef­fort as they worked their socks off for the whole game and made their op­po­nents work hard for their vic­tory.

VEC were the bet­ter side on the day and now go for­ward to the last 32 draw, CASTLEIS­LAND: Stephen Bartlett, Mike Han­i­fan, Ai­dan O’Cal­laghan, Paul Car­mody (Luke Lyons, 82 ), Mike Cahill (Mike Mc­Carthy, 73), Colin Mc­Carthy (Ea­mon Nolan, 77), Michael Walsh, Ray Hug­gard (Kevin O’Ma­honey, 77), Pierce Bros­nan (Adam O’Donoghue, 67), Stan Di­vane, Tommy Fee­han.

VEC FC: David Frewen, Eoin Ferry, Gavin Mur­phy, Con­all O’Shaugh­nessy, Peter O’Brien, Mick Kin­sella, Ray Jaudems (Pat Meghen, 81), Sea­mus Staunton, Dani Gon­za­lez, Ai­dan Hy­land, Jack Nolan (James McGau­ran, 70).

REF­EREE: Sea­mus O’Ma­honey

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