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Grattan v Park Utd 7.9.03

Grattan v Park Utd 7.9.03
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Grattan United 3 Park United 1

Grattan defenders came to the rescue in more ways than one at O'Neill Park on Sunday morning when the city outfit defeated visitors Park Utd 3-1 to clinch a spot in the semi-finals of the Murphy's Stout Linnane League Cup. Greenmount, Leeside and Villa Utd are also through.

Park, who led the group going into Sunday's game, needed just a draw to clinch their advance. But they went on the attack from the start and had more than enough possession.

The Grattan back four, along with keeper Adam Lynch, were solid. But they didn't confine their activities to their own territory. Centre-half Darren Geaney went forward to score the opener, fellow centrehalf Paul Lynch made it 2-0 in the second half before full back Denis Cremin calmly converted a spotter.

Geaney's 9th minute near post header came off a free by John Kelleher and followed severe Park pressure that saw Lynch make a fine save from Mick Hanley in the 2nd minute. The Mitchelstown men carried the game to Grattan for the rest of the half but with no reward.

There was a moment of concern on the half-hour mark when referee Tony Horgan went over on his ankle. But, after receiving first aid from both camps, Tony was able to continue.

Grattan made it 2-0 in the 70th minute when Paul Lynch got in between defender John Geary and keeper Eamonn O'Connor to score with a header. They sealed it in the 78th minute. Kelleher, who improved as the game went on, was tumbled in the box and Cremin made it 3-0 from the spot. The Grattan defence did slip up in the closing minutes and Duggan sent Maher in to beat Lynch with a weak low shot.

But the consolation didn't make much of a dent in Grattan's healthy goal difference and that was the factor that put them into the last four at the expense of Park as both teams had finished level on points.

Grattan United: Adam Lynch, Denis Cremin, Owen Kiely, Paul Lynch, Darren Geaney, Barry O'Rourke, John Kelleher, Graham Forde, Eric Shinkwin, Derek O'Driscoll and Damien Peelo. Sub used: Harry Goulding for O'Driscoll (56th minute) and John O'Riordan for O'Rourke (79th).
Park Utd: Eamonn O'Connor, Eddie Murphy, Tony Mohally, Tony Graham, John Geary, Michael Maher, Kieran Duggan, Noel Roche, Kenneth Barry, Michael Hanley and Simon Maher. Subs used: Kieran Walsh for Hanley (66th minute), Colm Courtney and Sean O'Brien for Roche and Barry (both 79th).
Referee: Tony Horgan.