Grattan v Village 31.01.04

Grattan v Village 31.01.04
Match details below
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Grattan United 1 Village United 6

The gale force wind could have been the dominant factor at O'Neill Park where Grattan United and visitors Village lined up for their 4th round replay in the Lucozade Munster Junior Cup.

But it made little difference to Village. They scored two goals with it and four against to run out convincing winners. A Grattan comeback looked on the cards when they pulled one back early in the second half but a later sending off handicapped them and Village took full advantage to record a comprehensive win.

Village piled on the pressure from the start and went ahead in the 11th minute when Conan Burns shot under Grattan’s goalkeeper Adam Lynch. The Grattan defence was poor as a flag kick came in and Village midfielder Alan O’Brien headed in their second without undue difficulty.

Grattan got the goal they wanted just two minutes into the second half. Village failed to clear their lines and John O’Riordan directed the ball into the net. Grattan, for a short spell, put the pressure on but were met by an excellent defence, where both Conor Jones and Terry Lotty were outstanding.
The Grattan comeback was dealt a blow in the 59th minute when they had man pick up his second yellow after upending Conan Burns in the box. Kevin Dunne struck his penalty to the left of Lynch to put his side 3-1 up.
Grattan tried their best to get back into it but conceded another goal in the 80th minute. Village defender Conor Jones started the move and found Lotty with a perfect ball. Lotty raced away and cracked a tremendous 25-yard shot past Lynch.

Village were now on song and scored their fifth in the 86th minute.  Eric Burns sent Brian Sheehan away on the left and he picked out the inrushing Conan Burns whose well placed penalty box shot found the net.

Rampant Village turned the screw just before the final whistle. Richard Burns split the home defence and Brian Sheehan coolly placed the ball to the left of keeper Lynch.

Grattan United: Adam Lynch, Denis Cremin, Derek O’Driscoll, Paul Lynch, Harry Goulding, Barry O’Rourke, Damien Peelo, Darren Geaney, John O’Riordan, John Kelleher and Graham Forde. Subs used: Erick Shinkwin and Anthony Peelo for Derek O’Driscoll and Graham Forde (both 62nd minute) and Eddie O’Riordan for John O’Riordan (69th).
Village United: Jamie O’Donovan, Clive Hurley, Kevin Dunne, Terry Lotty, Conor Jones, Conan Burns, Eric Burns, Alan O’Brien, Richard Burns, Will O'Callaghan and Jinty O’Sullivan. Subs used: Brian Sheehan for Will O’Callaghan (at half-time), Leslie Kepple for Jinty O’Sullivan (72nd minute) and Denis Long Kevin Dunne (77th).
Referee:  John Lyne; linesmen: Frank O’Neill and Graham Kelly