Rathmines College of Further Education 3
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s 2
It was a case of so close but yet so far for Carlow College, St. Patrick’s in the Quarter-Finals of Division Four as they came within minutes of taking Rathmines to Extra-Time. Goals from Kevin Sanz, Brian Sofola and Jack Moore put the home side 3-0 up and in control. However, the Carlow team did not give up and fought back through Columb Sheridan and Shane Murphy to make it 3-2 but time was against them as the final whistle blew.
The game started off brightly with both teams having chances. The away team had the best of the early chances as Chris Conway’s free kick was headed over the bar and Craig Henderson had a shot blocked. Daniel Mackey blocked a shot from the Rathmines forward, Brian Sofola. Carlow College, St. Patrick’s came closest to opening the scoring midway through the first half as the Rathmines keeper only just palmed Dan Greville’s shot from the halfway line from a rebounded free kick over the bar. However, it was Rathmines who took the lead as Kevin Sanz got onto the end of a corner just before half-time.
There were a number of half chances from both sides at the start of the half but it was the Carlow side who almost scored first as Kevin Anthony’s shot went narrowly wide. Sanz went close too as he was one on one with Kevin Nolan who came off his line and cleared the danger. Rathmines got their first midway through the half as Brian Sofola got onto the end of a long ball from the midfield. They got their second just two minutes later as Conway slipped and failed to pick up his marker, leaving Jack Moore with a clear shot at goal. With five minutes left in the game, Columb Sheridan got onto the end of a Kevin Anthony ball and put it in the back of the net. This seemed to rally them on as four minutes later, Shane Murphy scored after a scramble for the ball to make it 3-2. However, try as they did, time was against them and the final whistle blew on their chances of reaching the Semi-Final.
Carlow College, St. Patrick’s: Kevin Nolan, Daniel Greville, Daniel Mackey, Chris Conway, Darren Fortune, Shane Murphy, Adam Connor, Columb Sheridan, Kevin Anthony, Craig Henderson, Adam Colton. Subs: Adam Bazziz, David Kilkelly, Philip Flynn.