Liffey Celtic progressed to the KDFL Masters Shield Semi final where they will take on Eleson United following this 4-1 defeat of a plucky Allenwood Masters second string on Saturday.
KDFL Masters Shield Quarter Final
Allenwood Celtic B: 1
Liffey Celtic: 4
The visitors set their stalls out early and went 1-0 up after four minutes when a great clearance out of defence by Alan Thornton was received in midfield by Seamus Mooney, he played the ball to Steve Whelan, Whelan’s cross was slotted to the Allenwood goal past the despairing dive of Ronan Clinton by Neil Duane.
The home side started to push forward after this early set back and Dave McMahon was unlucky to see his effort well saved by Darren McDonnell in the visitors goal after 15 minute.
Try as they may Allenwood found it difficult to breach the Liffey defence of Martin Meehan, Alan Thornton, Dave O’Connor and Derek Stafford. The visitors started to get on top midway through the half and could have went further ahead through chances from Neil Duane, Steve Whelan and Darren Cunningham.
They eventually went 2-0 up just before the break when Pat Devanney won a ball just inside his own half, beat Allenwood’s Harry Brereton and Mark Smith to lob Clinton in the home goal.
The home side came out with all guns blazing in the second and created many chances to reduce the deficit through Jim Gill who had been controlling midfield, and Dave McMahon, however Liffey further extended their lead midway through the half following a free kick by Seamus Mooney, home ‘keeper Ronan Clinton was unable to control and Ian Moore smashed the ball home to put the visitors 3-0 up.
Six minutes later Allenwood were left with a mountain to climb when Pat Devanney latched onto a clearance out of defence and went on a mazy run, unchallenged to fire past Clinton and put Liffey 4-0 up and cruising.
The home side never gave up and continued to press and were rewarded with a consolation goal in the 87th minute when Dave McMahon fired past Darren McDonnell in the Liffey goal to leave the final score 4-1 in favour of the visitors.
Best for Liffey were Alan Thornton, Dave O’Connor and Derek Stafford, ably assisted by Seamus Mooney and Pat Devanney. For the home side Harry Brereton, Dave McMahon and Nigel Lenehan tried best.
Ronan Clinton, Mark Smyth, Harry Brereton, Hugh McLoughlin, Darren Stafford, Declan Smullen, Dave McMahon, Jim Gill, Nigel Lenehan, Jim Bob Brereton, Patrick Hurst, Richie Byrne, Tony Kane.
Darren McDonnell, Martin Meehan, Alan Thornton, Dave O’Connor, Derek Stafford, Seamus Mooney, Pat Devanney, Darren Cunningham, Neil Duane, Steve Whelan, Ian Moore, Ger Thorpe.