We beat Rylane 5 – 4 at home in the 1st round of the County Cup. Despite the tough conditions, both teams played well in patches and either team could have won it. Rylane took the lead after 25 mins but we struck back immediately. Barry Lawlor surged through the centre of the Rylane defense and, when his shot came back off the post, Chris Cleary was on hand to finish it off. Rylane regained the lead and went 3-1 ahead on 40 mins but we pulled one back shortly before half time when Lawlor released Tadhg Collins who slipped it past the keeper. We pulled level after 55 mins in bizarre fashion. Keeper John Lehane kicked the ball long off his hands, it bounced just inside the box and over the head of the stranded keeper. Rylane again took the lead in the 65th min but again we pulled level shortly after. Excellent work from Brian Murphy on the wing led to him squaring for Paul Dawson to tap home from a couple of yards out. The game looked to be heading for extra time until in the last min of injury time Cleary picked up the ball on the left wing. He slipped a pass inside to Dawson whose first time shot was tame but somehow managed to squirt under the keeper and into the net to give us the win. Best for us on the day were Paul Dawson, Michael Murphy and Trevor O Connor.
Team: John Lehane, Michael Murphy, Finbarr Corcoran, Tim Kiely, Trevor O’Connor, Brian Murphy, Chris Cleary, Danny O’Riordan, Paul Dawson, Barry Lawlor, Tadhg Collins
Subs: Adrian O Connor
Report thanks to Tim Kiely