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Friday 15 December 2017

Kenny's late late show helps Shamrocks get out of jail

Grange 'A'......................................................... 3

Shamrocks FC.................................................... 3

(Shamrocks win 4-3 on pens AET)

Shamrocks recovered from a nightmare start to knock out Division 1 side Grange in the Douglas Jewellers Carlow Cup.

Ciaran Gahan struck first for Grange on just four minutes when he was on hand to turn the ball home after the Shamrock's 'keeper parried a blistering Niall Byrne shot.

Eight minutes later Paddy Byrne ran onto a long clearance from Paddy O'Keeffe to slot home and seemingly put Grange on the way to victory.

However, Shamrocks had not read the script and kept plugging away.

Their reward came on 31 minutes when Saul Heavin put Colin Price in on goal to beat Charlie Timmons in the Grange goal and narrow the gap.

Grange were determined to hold the advantage and on 40 minutes Johnny Kavanagh restored their two goal lead with a rasping drive which went in off a post to leave Grange 3-1 up at the break

Shamrocks showed great character to fight backing the second half and their cause was certainly helped by the introduction of three substitutes, Jamie Cooney, Kevin Coakley and John Owens to turn the tide in their favour.

Darren Doyle reduced the arrears to the minimum when he headed in a Joe Lee corner. With five minutes to go in the contest Shamrocks levelled with a good John Kenny goal.

Both side had chances to win the game in extra time, Niall Byrne had a shot well saved and Kieran Gahan shot wide for Grange.

At the other end, Charlie Timmons had to save well from Joe Lee to see the game go into a penalty shoot out. Shamrocks proved the best and advance to the next round

St Anne's forced to take penalty route in Med Cup

Palatine Celtic................................................... 1

St Anne's 'A'..................................................... 1

(St Anne's win 4-3 on penalties AET)

BOTH sides adopted a cautious approach to the early exchanges of this Med Bar Cup encounter.

Colm Campion did crack a hasty shot over the Pal bar on 20 minutes and with the home side beginning to enjoy the better of the exchanges the visitors relied heavily on the quick break from defensive duties.

From one such break, Eric Kenna delivered perfectly for Enda Butler who shot directly at the Celtic keeper on 40 minutes.

Almost on the stroke of half-time, an opportunist strike by Eric Kenna, was brushed onto a Celtic post and a relieved Palatine defence cleared the rebound.

Palatine finally broke the deadlock on 65 minutes. The Saints defence was under considerable pressure during the following exchanges and but for the excellence of James Dunne in goal the Ballylinan lads would have a difficult task of recovering on their hands.

Gradually the Saints began to dismantle the tiring Palatine defence, who were glad to rely on their 'keeper who made a number of important saves to preserve their lead from Garry Walsh and Enda Butler.

With time running out Padraig Brandon produced a cross which was deflected into the path of Joe Murphy who equalised on 87 minutes and the game entered extra time which was uneventful.

Penalties saw the Saints victorious as James Dunne made a couple of important saves and Liam Kealy struck the decisive penalty.

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