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Blackstone Rovers 2 Knocknaheeny Celtic 2
(Blackstone won 4-2 on penalties, after extra time)
Third division Blackstone Rovers added yet another scalp to their cup list when they defeated higher ranked Knocknaheeny Celtic, the reigning City Cup champs, 4-2 on penalties after an exciting 2-2 draw.
The losers controlled large passages of the game and created most of the chances, particularly in the second half. But resilient Blackstone, boosted by a 2-0 first half cushion, held on under severe pressure and took their chances in the shootout.
Blackstone opened their account in the 25th minute. Derek McNamara got away on the left and picked out Cooney who had slipped his marker and scored from close range. A smashing solo effort put Blackstone two up in the 38th minute. Alan O’Keeffe ran through from midfield, waltzed past three defenders before whipping a great shot beyond the reach of the isolated keeper.
Knocknaheeny reacted with tremendous spirit and they were rewarded in the 44th minute when Jason Cronin picked out John Murphy on the near post. Murphy rose unmarked and glanced his header into the right hand side of the goal.
They battled on with tremendous spirit but were still one down with minutes to go. They were now wondering whether a goal would ever come. But it did. In the 87th minute. Then skipper Twomey got away and his 25 yard shot found the net. It was no more then they deserved.
The visitors failed to keep up the pressure in extra time and so the game went to the dreaded shootout and Blackstone took the tie on a 4-2 count.
Blackstone Rovers: Colin Bevan, Andrew O’Brien, Eric O’Callaghan, Tony Dunlea, Derek McNamara, Alan O’Keeffe, Colin Galvin, Tony Leahy, Francis Cooney, Dave O'Connor and Alan Coleman. Subs used: Gary Reen for McNamara (36th minute) and Ivan Bevan for O’Keeffe (65th).
Knocknaheeny Celtic : Glen O’Driscoll, Ken Murphy, Ger Crowley, Gary Peglar, Derek Lynch, Anthony McNamara, John Murphy, Roy Kenny, Pat Sheehan, Niall Twomey and Jason Cronin. Sub used: Eoin Cremin for J. Murphy (77th minute).
Referee: Eddie Mullins