Kilsheelan United 3 – 2 Rosegreen Rangers
The home team advanced to the quarter-finals with a topsy turvy win against a stylish but defensively fragile Rosegreen team on Sunday morning.
The visitors went ahead on 12 minutes when Daragh Browne was on the end of a flowing movement to finish to the Kilsheelan net. This roused the home team, and they started to play some good football, which was rewarded on the half hour as Ross Larkin finished a Stephen Cloona cross to regain parity on the score sheet.
Despite a few more efforts from both sides, this was how the teams went to the break. Within a minute of the restart however, the away team took the lead for the second time, when Adrian Gleeson turned both of the home centre halves inside out and shot low into the corner of the net. And they could have doubled their advantage on 65 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, but for the second week in a row, Kilsheelan’s goalkeeper was the hero turning the effort round the post. This was a significant turning point, as ten minutes later, Kilsheelan were level again, when Trevor Cloona cheekily chipped the away keeper to score a brilliant goal. Seven minutes from time, Kilsheelan got what proved to be the winner when Eddie Sweeny took a ball in the middle of the field and ghosted past the whole Rosegreen defence to fire home from outside the area. They were reduced to ten men with five minutes left, but despite the Rosegreen efforts, it was Kilsheelan who advanced.
Killusty 2 – 2 Wilderness Rovers (Wilderness Rovers win 7-6 on penalties)
This was a game with plenty of goal mouth incidents that was finally decided from the penalty spot as both teams served up and entertaining display on Sunday last. Wilderness Rovers took the lead on 20 minutes through a shot from ace striker Ger Kennedy and then doubled their lead ten minutes later as David Grace drove a pile driver into the home team’s net. Killusty then gave themselves hope right on the stroke of half-time when David Conway pulled a goal back for the home team. It was Conway again 13 minutes from time who levelled matters, and that was how it finished. The game was finally decided in sudden death of the penalty shoot-out, when the Wilderness won by seven to six on the day.