Boyle Celtic are through to Cup Semi

Boyle Celtic are through to the FAI Junior Cup semi finals after a nail biting penalty shoot out in Carrick on Suir on Sunday afternoon.

They will meet Kilkenny side Evergreen FC in Boyle on the weekend 8th/9th April.

In the other semi Killarney Celtic will take on Sheriff YC

Boyle were dealt an early blow in the game when captain Lochlainn Conboy had to leave the field of play with an ankle injury.

He was replaced by Aaron Calpin.

The first score of the game came in the 30th minutes with a fine shot from Carrick’s Jack Doherty blasted past the Boyle keeper.

But not to be outdone, a good move seen Mick Corrigan hit the net on 36 minutes to make it 1-1.

Boyle were unlucky not to go into half time 2-1 up when a John Connolly header hit the crossbar.

The second half started at a hectic pace with the wind continuing to be an influencing factor.

Boyle seemed the stronger team and their superiority was rewarded when Mick Corrigan once again found the net on the 21st minute of the second half.

Chances abounded for both teams and just when Boyle thought they had sealed the deal – Carrick equalised with a minute remaining of ordinary time to break Boyle hearts

And so it finished 2-2 at full time.

Extra time started as Eddie Conroy said “15 minutes from penalties, glory or devastation”.

Boyle never led the heads drop and despite plenty of opportunities the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot out.

Browne, McDermottroe, Carty, Battles, Purcell, Carlos, Roddy and Connolly stepped up to the mark and fine saves from Kyle Suffin saw the start of the celebrations.

The journey home from Carrick on Suir will be that bit shorter this evening (or long depending on the stops!)


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