Willow Park 2 - 1 Crumlin United
Published: March 02, 2011
Leinster Senior Cup Round 4

Colin Fortune's injury time winner ensured a place in the Leinster Senior Cup quarter-finals for last year's Leinster Junior Cup champions Willow Park where they join Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in the last eight.

Fortune, a former Athlone Town and Galway Utd stalwart, struck the winning goal two minutes into injury time, after another former Athlone player, Brian Frawley, had levelled matters early in the second half.

Crumlin, last season's Leinster Senior League and FAI Intermediate Cup winners, came storming out of the blocks in the opening half, and took a deserved lead through ex-Shelbourne striker Tony Griffiths. Griffiths prodded the ball into the roof of the Willow net in the 25th minute, after Ian Bolger had saved his initial header.

Further chances followed before half-time for a dominant Crumlin, but the exceptional Griffiths and Gerry Quinn missed fair chances. Darren Meade also had the ball in the Willow net but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside. The tide changed dramatically after the break though, with the home side taking a much firmer grip on proceedings.

And the Athlone team were level two minutes after the restart. Colm Hyland and Gary McHugh worked to create the opening, with the former's low cross buried to the net by veteran Brian Frawley.

Crumlin still threatened during rare forays into the Willow half, with Bolger tipping Peter Sherlock's header onto the crossbar, and home defender Graham Whittaker heading substitute Robert Douglas' cross off the line. But Willow, who operate in the Combined Counties League, were now controlling possession, and the previously influential Martin Cramer and James Lee were now subdued in the visitors' midfield.

Both Fortune and Mark Nicholson tried their luck from distance, while Willow also spurned a couple of good chances to get speed merchant Colm Hyland through on goal. However, great work from the Hyland brothers, Colm and Aidan, set up Fortune to stroke home a fine effort in the 92nd minute.

Crumlin reaced upfield and Griffiths was unfortunate not to equalise, but the home side did enough to join Shamrock Rovers and Wexford Youths in the last eight.

Willow Park: Ian Bolger; Jimmy Mullally, Peter Sherlock, Ronan Frawley, Graham Whittaker, Mark Nicholson, Aidan Hyland, Colin Fortune, Brian Frawley, Colm Hyland, Gary McHugh.
Subs: Gary Devine for B Frawley (75 mins), Brian Fogarty for McHugh (92).

Crumlin United: David Meehan; Wayne Byrne, Andy Doolin, Paul McCabe, Peter Sherlock, Martin Cramer, Stephen Larkin, James Lee, Darren Meade, Tony Griffiths, Gerry Quinn.
Subs: Robert Douglas for Larkin (75 mins), Daniel Loughran for McCabe (84).

Referee: Tom Cunningham (Offaly).


Leave a Comment

Extratime Team

More articles from Extratime Team

image description Photographer: Peter Fitzpatrick

Continental Tyres Women's National League Round-up - Week 13

by Extratime Team on Mon, Dec 15 2014

CHAMPIONS Raheny United returned to the top of the Continental Tyres Women's National League after a hard-earned victory over Galway ...... Read more

image description

Irish U18s ready for Portuguese friendly test

by Extratime Team on Mon, Dec 15 2014

THE Republic of Ireland U18 side will face Portugal in the first of two friendly games in Abrantes tomorrow and ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Steve Alfred

Coll Re-Signs For Harps

by Extratime Team on Fri, Dec 12 2014

Defender Ciaran Coll has committed to Finn Harps for the 2015 season.... Read more

image description Photographer: Larry McQuillan

McHugh rallies troops ahead of final season

by Extratime Team on Fri, Dec 12 2014

Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh has appealed for supporters to get actively involved in the club in 2015, which he ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Peter Fitzpatrick

WNL Preview: Peamount United v Wexford Youths Women's AFC

by Extratime Team on Fri, Dec 12 2014

WITH last week’s game against UCD Waves being abandoned Peamount United’s record heading into their meeting with leaders Wexford Youths ...... Read more

image description Photographer: Peter Fitzpatrick

WNL Preview: Galway WFC v Raheny United

by Extratime Team on Fri, Dec 12 2014

GALWAY WFC boss Don O’Riordan spent last week in the Netherlands as part of his UEFA Pro Licence course and ...... Read more