FAI Junior Cup Round 5
Newmarket Celtic 2 Avondale Utd 1
Newmarket Celtic qualified for the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup after a good performance and victory over Avondale Utd from Cork at McDonagh Park on Sunday.
Newmarket dominated throughout but with Avondale keeper Dane Murphy in great form they were made to work for the win and it took a goal from Eoin O’Brien inside the last 10 minutes to decide the contest.
Newmarket got a great start when David McCarthy opened the scoring on 10 minutes after finishing a good ball in from the left wing by Darren Cullinan.
Eoin Hayes went close on 14 minutes with a header from a McCarthy corner but Murphy got down well to make the save. Newmarket went close again on 16 minutes when O’Brien had a header saved by Murphy. McCarthy had an effort go narrowly wide on 20 minutes after a good turn and shot from the edge of the box. A good ball in from Hayes on 22 minutes was met on the volley by O’Brien but again the shot went wide of the right post. Avondale finished the half strong and Greg Murphy had a great effort with an overhead kick rebound off the crossbar on 39 minutes. A minute later Avondale were level when Ronan Devine scored with a powerful header.
McCarthy went close again on 42 minutes with a shot that went over the bar. The last chance of the half fell to Avondale when Michael Harrington narrowly missed the target on the volley from a Jake O’Callaghan cross.
McCarthy went even closer for Newmarket right after half time when he cut inside and his well struck right foot shot rebounded off the crossbar. Hayes was next to go close on 57 minutes when he got on the end of a Michael Crosby cross but yet again Newmarket were denied by a good save from Murphy.
Mark Donlon was next to go close when he headed an O’Brien cross wide of the target. It was non stop pressure from Newmarket throughout the second half and McCarthy went close again on 64 minutes from a free kick that Murphy saved. Colin Smyth and Mark Donlon had further efforts saved by Murphy before Hayes and McCarthy had efforts deflected wide.
It looked like it might be one of those days for the home side as we entered the final 10 minutes. McCarthy did not give up on a ball that was going wide and pulled it across the Avondale goal where Eoin O’Brien was perfectly placed to head home and deservedly put Newmarket back in front. Newmarket were not going to let the lead slip for a second time and played out the closing minutes in the Avondale half to book their place in the 6th round draw.
Newmarket Celtic: Niall Quinn, David O’Grady, Darren Cullinan, Mark Donlon, Paddy Purcell, Seamus Lawlor, Michael Crosby, Colin Smyth, Eoin O’Brien, Eoin Hayes, David McCarthy. Subs: Alan Kelly for Crosby, Cathal Hayes for O’Brien
Avondale Utd: Dane Murphy, Ronan Devine, Rory McCarthy, John McCarthy, Pat McCarthy, Darren Nolan, Greg Murphy, Jake O’Callaghan, Sean Quill, Michael Harrington, Dean Coughlan. Subs: Dean Coleman for Nolan