FAI Cup R2
Date: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26, 2017
Venue: Markets Field
Ref: Anthony Buttimer
Att: 862
TV:

David O'Connor 64' -
Scored: 64'


Red: 27'
- Caolan McAleer 27'



FAI Cup report: Limerick FC 1 - 0 Finn Harps

Mon, Aug 28 2017

Credit: Tom Beary

Limerick FC progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup as they defeated Finn Harps 1-0 at the Markets Field through a rare goal from left-back Dave O'Connor.

 

In an opening period of few chances, Finn Harps were left with ten men for 70 minutes due to a moment of madness from winger Caolan McAleer. A long diagonal ball was chased down by both McAleer and Limerick left-back Dave O'Connor and the Harps winger proceeded to kick out at the latter right in front of referee Anthony Buttimer who wasted no time in producing the red card.

 

Immediately, Limerick availed of the extra man as Bastien Hery forced a save from Ciaran Gallagher with the first shot of the game for either side. Limerick's Chiedozie Ogbene was next to try his luck with a shot from distance which flew over the bar.

 

Limerick were struggling to break down a resolute Harps defence. Dean Clarke was overlapping constantly in support of Stephen Kenny. However, both men failed to produce decent delivery in the direction of Rodrigo Tosi.

 

The second half began at a faster pace and Limerick's Hungarian striker Peter Berki teed up Stephen Kenny who placed a shot straight at Ciaran Gallagher who easily saved.

 

Approaching the hour mark, the home side should have taken the lead as Stephen Kenny dispossessed Paddy McCourt before running through on goal and drilling a shot straight at Gallagher once more.

 

Limerick made two changes as Garbhan Coughlan and William Fitzgerald were introduced in place of Stephen Kenny and Peter Berki. It was Coughlan who crossed to the back post for Dave O'Connor to smash a header past Ciaran Gallagher to give the Shannonsiders the lead, much to the joy of the home crowd.

 

Substitute Garbhan Coughlan was finding space all over the pitch and it was his shot which forced a good save from Gallagher.

 

Once again, it was Coughlan who created Limerick's next chance. His nutmeg allowed him to shoot just wide of the Harps goal.

 

The visitors introduced both Danny Morrissey and Sean Houston in place of the lethargic Ibrahim Keita and Pascal Millien in an attempt to change the flow of the game. However, the Limerick defence managed to nullify the limited threat provided.

 

Limerick closed out the game effectively through good hold up play from Rodrigo Tosi and Garbhan Coughlan and now advance to the quarter-final stage of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.

 

 

Limerick FC: Brendan Clarke, Dean Clarke Tony Whitehead, Joe Crowe, David O'Connor, Bastien Hery, Lee-J Lynch, Stephen Kenny (William Fitzgerald 61) Chiedozie Ogbene, Rodrigo Tosi, Peter Berki (Garbhan Coughlan 61)

Subs not used: Freddy Hall, Killian Brouder, Shane Tracy, Shane Duggan, John O'Flynn

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

 

Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Ethan Boyle, Damien McNulty, Killian Cantwell, Ciaran Coll, Tommy McBride, Paddy McCourt (Gareth Harkin 63), Mark Timlin, Caolan McAleer, Ibrahim Keita (Danny Morrissey 78), Pascal Millien (Sean Houston 80).

Subs not used: Peter Burke, BJ Banda, Jonny Bonner, Shane Blaney.

Yellow Cards: Damien McNulty (50), Pascal Millien (51)

Red Cards: Caolan McAleer (23)

 

Referee: Anthony Buttimer

Attendance: 862

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Bastien Hery (Limerick FC)



Limerick FC
Brendan Clarke
Goalkeeper
David O'Connor
64Scored: 64'
Defender
Joe Crowe
Defender
Peter Berki
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Defender
Tony Whitehead
Defender
Chiedozie Ogbene
Midfielder
Lee-J Lynch
Midfielder
Stephen Kenny
61'
61Subbed Off: 61'
Midfielder
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
Rodrigo Tosi
Forward
Dean Clarke
Forward

Substitutes
Shane Tracy
Midfield
John O'Flynn
Forward
Freddy Hall
Goalkeeper
William Fitzgerald
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Midfield
Shane Duggan
Midfield
Garbhan Coughlan
61'
61Subbed On: 61'
Forward
Killian Brouder
Defender
Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Killian Cantwell
Defender
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Tommy McBride
Defender
Damien McNulty
Defender
52Booked: 52'
Ethan Boyle
Midfielder
Caolan McAleer
Midfielder
27Sent off: 27'
Pascal Millien
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Mark Timlin
Midfielder
Ibrahim Keita
Forward 78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Paddy McCourt
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'

Substitutes
BJ Banda
Forward
Shane Blaney
Midfield
Jonny Bonner
Midfield
Peter Burke
Goalkeeper
Gareth Harkin
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'
Sean Houston
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Danny Morrissey
Forward
78Subbed On: 78'
78'


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