This eagerly awaited Big Brands Big Savings Masters Cup quarterfinal local derby tie went all the way to the dreaded penalty shootout. The 0-0 scoreline does not paint picture but this was a very entertaining game between Monasterevin who lie second in the league table and midtable Rathangan FC.
Big Brand Big Savings Masters Cup Quarter Final
Rathangan FC: 0
Monasterevin AFC: 0 (AET)
Rathangan win 4-2 on pens
Rathangan started the better having two excellent chances in the first 15 minutes through Nigel Taylor and Ned O’Loughlin. Monasterevin didn’t get their first opportunity until the 21st minute, when full back Barney Simminson played Aidan Morrissey up the wing, Morrissey’s delightful flick found Eamon Ruane in space, he crossed to Murt O’Reilly, however O’Reilly’s effort just shaved John Lyster’s crossbar in the home goal. Five minutes later Billy Ryan brought the best out of Lyster, bringing off a fantastic save from close range. From the resulting corner the Monasterevin sideline thought they had scored, but Derek Bolgers header hit the side netting.
Half time came with the teams scoreless. Rathangan in the second period started brightly and it only took two minutes to create their first change when Jimmy Feeney’s 30 yard effort was just wide of Paul Duffy’s goal, they continued to pile the pressure on the visitors with Ned O’Loughlin, Jimmy Feeney Ken Johnson commanding midfield. The visitors started to get on top midway through the second half and had a gilt edged change to take the lead but substitute Aidan Morrissey scuffed his shot across the goal. The home side then had three glorious chances to steel the game in normal time through Mark Mullally, Nigel Taylor and Colm Flanaghan, however their efforts in front of goal were poor.
In the dying moments Monasterevin thought they had scored following a goalmouth scramble but Referee Peter Furling waved play on. A game full of chances however Rathangan kept their sharpshooting to the dreaded penalty shoot out, scoring all their penalties which sees them progress to the Semi finals where they will take on the winners of Kildare Town AFC and Suncroft AFC away from home.
Best for the winners were John Lyster, Eamonn Fitzpatrick, John ‘Nobby’ Dempsey, Jimmy Feeney, Nigel Taylor and Ned O’Loughlin, while for a disappointed Monasterevin Murt O’Reilly, Brian Murphy, Billy Ryan and Aidan Morrissey tried hardest.
Paul Duffy, Barney Simminson, Paul Colton, Brian Murphy, Peter Knowles, Murt O’Reilly, Bill Holligan, Eamon Ruane, Billy Ryan, Aidan Morrissey, Derek Bolger Subs Adrian Dowling, Clive Kelly, Kevin Mulpeter, Johnny Carroll, Shay Lawlor, Brendan Moran.
John Lyster, JohN W Dempsey, Colm Flanaghan, Eamonn Fitzpatrick, John Dempsey, Ken Johnson, Ed O’Loughlin, Ned O’Loughlin, Jimmy Feeney, Nigel Taylor, Mark Mullally, Willie Ivers, Paul Moran, Joe Kearns, David Cassidy, Keith Barton, Michael Kenny, Alan Kelly.