FAI Cup R3
Date: 8 p.m. June 29, 2010
Venue: Gortakeegan
Ref:
Att: Unknown
TV:

Karl Bermingham 31' -
Peno Scored: 31'


Philip Hughes 39' -
Scored: 39'


Peno Scored: 5'
- Adam Byrne 5'



Monaghan United 2 - 1 FC Carlow

Tue, Jun 29 2010
F.C. Carlow rocked Monaghan United with an early goal but couldn’t find the composure to exploit the early advantage to the full in this tense FAI Ford Cup third round replay at Gortakeegan.

First Division form team United came storming back against their A League opposition to take a deserved lead into half-time. But some conservative United play in the second half led to a tense final act in which only Gabriel Sava’s dramatic added-time save from Greg Sykula guaranteed that the Mons advanced to an away date with Cork City Foras Co-op in the next round.

Carlow had the start cup underdogs dream about. Sykula exploited slackness in the United defence which was compounded when defender Brian Gartland hauled the Carlow striker down in the box. Captain Adam Byrne dispatched the penalty impressively.

Shaken United stirred themselves and soon had their opponents very much on the back foot. Carlow keeper Gavin Dowling came into his own with a string of outstanding saves, tipping Cathal O’Connor’s firm drive on the run over the crossbar and somehow blocking away Philly Hughes’ close-range volley.

Dowling also got his fingertips to Don Tierney’s effort from the edge of the box. When Monaghan managed to draw level, it was also from the penalty spot. Sean Brennan was fouled in the box, and Karl Bermingham stepped up to put United very much back in the game.

Shane Keegan’s side lost a little of their composure after that. They were defensively naïve in the 40th minute when Don Tierney’s pass out of defence saw Philly Hughes outpace their static backline, and produce a purposeful finish to beat the advancing Dowling.

The keeper was Carlow’s salvation as the half ended, turning away Hughes’ firmly struck free-kick. The visitors produced some nice, composed football early in the second half and were assisted back into the game by United being content to play on the counter. But when the Mons broke forward it was with purpose, Sean Brennan cracking a shot onto the underside of the crossbar in the 69th minute.

Hughes then scorned a great chance to seal the game, rounding Dowling with style but somehow contriving to poke his shot wide with the goal at his mercy. The introduction of Shane Clarke enlivened Carlow and they mounted a great effort to take the game into extra time. James Dermody struck a fine shot from distance that forced an alert save from the previously under-employed Sava.

The game entered added time with the Mons very much on the defensive. Sykula popped up on a crowded box in the final seconds to get his head to Alan Wren’s cross but Sava rescued the First Division side with an excellent reaction save.

Monaghan United: Sava; Collins, C McMahon, Gartland, Costigan; O’Connor, Tierney, Byrne, Brennan (Hanaphy 72); Bermingham, Hughes.
Subs not used: Clarke, D McMahon, McCrossan, Flynn, McKevitt, Grimes.

FC Carlow: Dowling; Wren, Byrne, Browne, Dermody; C Hore, Phelan, Murphy (Walker 71), Hickey (Clarke 63); Sykula, Phelan (Brennan 71).
Subs not used: F Hore, Duncan.

Referee: P Caschera



Monaghan United
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Aidan Collins
Defender
Anthony Costigan
Defender
Brian Gartland
Defender
Conor McMahon
Defender
Sean Brennan
45Booked: 45'
Midfielder
Alan Byrne
Midfielder
Cathal O'Connor
Midfielder
Dom Tierney
Midfielder
Karl Bermingham
31Peno: 31'
Forward
Philip Hughes
39Scored: 39'
Forward

Substitutes
James Clarke
Forward
Niall Flynn
Defender
Shane Grimes
Defender
Darragh Hanaphy
Forward
Stephen McCrossan
Midfield
Stefan McKevitt
Defender
Dean McMahon
Defender
FC Carlow
Gavin Dowling
Goalkeeper
James Dermody
Defender
Adam Byrne
Defender
5Peno: 5'
C.J. Browne
Defender
Alan Wren
Defender
Neale Phelan
Midfielder
Lee Murphy
Midfielder
31Booked: 31'
Craig Hore
Midfielder
Andrew Hickey
Midfielder
Greg Sykula
Forward
32Booked: 32'
Emmet Phelan
Forward

Substitutes
David Walker
Unknown
Fran Hore
Unknown
Stephen Duncan
Unknown
Shane Clarke
Defender
Tomas Brennan
Midfield


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