Donard FC booked themselves a place in the Casey Division 2 cup semi final when they beat fellow league strugglers Moone Celtic by a fifth minute Paul Griffin strike on Sunday at Fortfield Park.
Casey Cup Division 2 Quarter Final
Moone Celtic: 0
Donard FC: 1
Donard started brightly and found themselves ahead after five minutes following an excellent Bill Flynn free kick Paul Griffin headed home from close range giving Moone ‘keeper David Byrne no chance.
Moone’s responce to this early setback was swift and they created several chances of their own to equalise soon after through Johnny Browne and Kevin Anthony however poor finishing a some fine defensive play by Rory Twomey and Enda Bowes kept the danger at bay.
The home side were unlucky not to equalise midway through the half when a Mikey Wall header rebounded off the crossbar with keeper Dan Mann beaten and the ball was cleared to safely by Enda Bowes. From the clearance Donard’s Bill flynn picked up the ball in midfield and beat two defenders to send in a pin point cross to striker Gerry Fennell, however Fennell’s volley from twelve yards also hit the crossbar and was cleared by Keelin Hegarty.
Moone were on top at this stage and had another glorious chance to equalise when a John Lazenby effort was again twarted by the crossbar and Donard went in 1-0 up at the break.
Celtic came out and resumed their attacking game with midfielders Larry Wall, Anthony Hegarty and John Lazenby causing all kinds of problems in midfield and again another effort by Lazenby brought a great save from visiting ‘keeper Dan Mann on the 50th minute.
Midway through the half Mann was called on again to make a spectacular finger tip save from a Kevin Anthony snap shot from just outside the box to maintain his side’s advantage.
Donard started to get back into the game after some tactical changes and began applying pressure to the Moone defence. Gerry Fennell had a fine effort cleared by Moone defender Jim McHugh with 15 minutes remaining and substitute Kevin Mills also had a great chance to put the game beyond Moone with a second, however his 18 yard strike was well saved by David Byrne in the home goal.
The visitors held out under enormous pressure from the home side to secure their place in the semi finals.
Their best on the day were ‘keeper Mann, Paul Griffin and man of the match Enda Bowes in defence, Eamon Mahon in midfield and Gerry Fennell up front. While for a very disappointed home side defenders Jim McHugh, Mikey Wall, Keelan Hegarty and John Lazenby in midfield did best.
David Byrne, Jim McHugh, Michael Wall, Keelan Hegarty, Lar Wall, Anthony Hegarty, John Lazenby, Emmet Daly, Thomas Murphy, Johnny Browne, Kevin Anthony, Aaron McMahon, Daniel Leigh, Evan Kelly, John Whelan and Paul Dowling.
Dann Mann, Rory Twomey, Enda Bowes, Paul Griffin, Neil Stynes, Bill Flynn, Ray Halloran, Eamon Mahon, Shane Daniels, Harry Mangan, Gerry Fennell, John Burke, Kevin Mills, Jack Graham, Andre Moynihan, Dave Carty, Dave O’Hanlon.