We beat Fairview 1-0 at home in the 2nd round of the St Michael’s Cup this afternoon. This was our first game of the season and it showed for the opening 15 mins of the game when we lost possession a number of times. After that we started to settle and Eric Hickey tested the keeper with a long shot on 20 mins. Hickey had another go 10 mins later only to see the keeper saving well once more. Fairview came forward a few times but the defence and keeper Piotr Oziast were alert to any danger. The 2nd half saw a big improvement in our play and we started to create a lot more chances. Donagh Murphy played a lovely ball through for Tadhg Collins in the 55th min but the defender just got back in time to make a vital block. Collins got his goal 5 mins later though. After great work to close down a defender the ball broke to him almost on the end line but he managed to squeeze his shot to the roof of the net. Fairview pushed on after this but we always looked the more likely to score on the break though Michael Murphy, Collins and Brian Murphy who all had good chances to wrap it up. We survived a late press from Fairview for a good opening day win and a place in the last 8. Best for us on the day were Donagh Murphy, Shane Collins and Brian Murphy.
Team: Piotr Oziast, Donal O Sullivan, Donagh Murphy, Tim Kiely, Shane Collins, Danny O Riordan, Michael Murphy, Eric Hickey, Brian Murphy, Andrew Roche, Tadhg Collins
Subs: Eamon O Keeffe (50th min), Kevin Linehan (60th min), John Cullinane, Stephen Crowley, Ryan Murphy, Sean Cotter
Coach: Brian Sheahan