FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy Semi-Final
Early goal proves South Tipperary’s downfall

Dublin AUL 1 TSDL 0

Dublin AUL 1 TSDL 0

The Dublin AUL secured a place in this season’s FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy decider after overcoming the TSDL in this semi-final at a windswept AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, beside Dublin Airport, last Sunday week.

The TSDL, under the management team of Limerick men Mike O’Brien and Jason Purcell, were hoping that their charges could overcome the Dublin AUL and face the Limerick League, who defeated Kerry in Tralee by 2-0, in the final. But it wasn’t to be their day as they struggled against the elements.

The Dublin AUL, who beat Sligo 3-1 seven days earlier, got the breakthrough after just 10 minutes when Keith Kirwan of Killester United found room on the edge of the area and let fly a left-footed shot from 14 yards that caught ‘keeper Richard Ryan off guard. With the Dublin AUL creating the better chances Richard Ryan made amends for that earlier slip-up, pushing a Fran Mathews shot onto a post.

The TSDL responded with an Ian Barnes free kick that was punched clear by the AUL net-minder to the unmarked Chris Higgins, who blazed over the crossbar. Jimmy Carr showed some deft footwork to beat three players but was taken down just outside the penalty area and from another Ian Barnes free kick the ball was cleared. The nearest the TSDL came to scoring was after 15 minutes when an Ian Barnes corner kick saw Paul Breen’s header cleared off the goal-line. Just before the break the AUL came close when Town’s Richard Ryan failed to hold Barry Kavanagh’s fierce drive but Chris Higgins was on hand to prevent Keith Kirwan scoring with a well- timed tackle.

With the wind in their sails in the second half the TSDL were expected to bring the game to the AUL but too many balls were over-hit, as they struggled to use the wind to their advantage. The AUL defence, well marshalled by their captain Ross Carrig, wasn’t really troubled and the hosts could have doubled their lead only for a number of excellent tackles. James Walsh stopped Barry Kavanagh with a last-ditch sliding tackle the penalty area. Then Paul Breen, with a superb interception, denied Paul Fitzsimons as the TSDL threw caution to the wind over the final fifteen minutes. But once again it was not to be the TSDL’s day, as the Dublin AUL continued their winning sequence in the capital.

TSDL: Richard Ryan [Clonmel Town], Paul Tobin [St. Michael’s], Chris Higgins [St. Michael’s], Paul Breen [St. Michael’s], James Walsh [St. Michael’s], John Shanahan [Clonmel Town], Jimmy Carr [St. Michael’s], Tony Scully [Clonmel Town], David McGrath [Clonmel Town], Richie Ryan [St. Michael’s], Ian Barnes [Clonmel Town].

Subs: Shane Guerin [St. Michael’s] for McGrath, Sean O’Hara [Wilderness Rovers] for Barnes, Thomas Fahy [St. Michael’s] for Shanahan. Subs not used - Andrew Cosgrave [Clonmel Celtic], Alan Leahy [Peake Villa] and Derek Breen [St. Michael’s]