22 March 2003
U-14 SFAI Goodson Cup
Ashling Annacotty 2 Castleknock Celtic 3
Team secured a place in the last 16 of SFAI Cup with an away victory over Ashling
Annacotty in Limerick.
who had made the long journey to Annacotty for this Cup replay, looked the more
dangerous in the opening 20 minutes and could have taken the lead had Paddy
Andrews had a bit of luck and but for some fine goalkeeping from young Cregan in
the Ashling goal.
However, it was Ashling that took the lead when the ball was headed over Alan Murphy's hands to the net. It remained 1-0 to Ashling at half-time.
select words at the interval from Brian Arkins had the desired effect as the 2nd
half began and Paddy Andrews blasted home from close range to draw level.
At this point Danny Sweeney entered the fray for injured John Moriarty who went
off with what turned out to be a broken wrist.
the 50th minute Ashling, who enjoyed a lot of local support, again
took the lead with a fine long range shot to the roof of the net. From
then on Castleknock’s greater fitness began to show and with John Byrne and
Daragh Daly taking control of the middle and the magnificent kickouts and long
throw- in by Terry McAuley, provided a good supply to front-men Paddy Andrews
and Danny O’Mahony with the latter growing in confidence as the game
progressed. At the heart of the defence Kenneth Arkins had his finest game
of the season and Thomas Nolan, Jonathan Quinn and Gary Masterson all rose to
the occasion and with Alan Murphy making two fine and very important second-half
saves. But it has to be said that the real inspiration came from Paddy
Andrews, who hit a rocket to the top corner of the Ashling net from way out on
the right to put Castleknock level again.
so it was now into extra time with the winner coming in the 8th
minute when the ball broke to Danny Sweeney in front of goal and he gave Cregan
final 12 minutes were as tense as one could imagine and the final whistle was
sounded with great joy and relief for the Castleknock camp and heartbreak for Ashling.
came a visit to the Annacotty local The Black Swan where the Aishling Club, to
their credit, had laid on some refreshments.
to say spirits were sky-high on the Coach on the return journey particularly
after the BigMacs & Coke with Paddy leading the sing-song -even though he is
much more likely to make it as a professional footballer!!
bring the boys of Lourdes Celtic