ARCHIVE - GIANT KILLERS...
We were down to the bare bones for our
Amateur Cup game against Major Division high fliers
Glasnevin FC. Due to unavailability for one reason or
another we faced into our biggest challenge of the season
with only eleven players and not a substitute in sight!
The tactics from the outset had to be defend in numbers
and hit on the break when possible. The Major Division
outfit started as if they meant business, and attacked
from the outset. We found our feet after 5 minutes and
possibly should have been 2-0 up within 15 minutes. A
good effort from left winger Ciaran Kearney was followed
quickly by a shot on target by John Hartnett, which the
keeper held well.
But Villa didn't have to wait long for
the break through. Some confusion in the Glasnevin
defence gave Ciaran Kearney the chance to put us ahead
and he made no mistake this time. 1-0 to the underdogs,
and Glasnevin were not happy! Soon after their number 11
had a rasping drive from all of 30 yards which was bound
for the top corner until Mark Hyland intervened with a
spectacular one handed save, tipping the ball over the
crossbar. Then came a period of sustained pressure by
Glasnevin, they won 5 or 6 corners in quick succession,
but stout Villa defence meant that we held onto our
slender one goal lead until half time.
|17th February 2002 -
Amateur Cup - Albert College Park
Opponents - Glasnevin FC (5th in AFL Major Division)
|Team: Mark Hyland, David O'Reilly, Alan Arkins, Colbert Lynch, Mark McCormack, Billy Treacy, John Hartnett, Gerry Shanley, Ciaran Kearney, John O'Reilly, Michael Logan.|