Daniel O’Leary saves Avondale cup hopes

FAI Intermediate Cup

Daniel O’Leary saves Avondale cup hopes

Avondale United and Crumlin United will have to meet again on December 12 for a place in round 4 of this season’s FAI Intermediate Cup after playing out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Pearse Park on Saturday night.

Crumlin, who stopped Avondale’s quest for a record five Intermediate Cup titles in a row at the quarter-final stage last season, before going on to win the cup at the Aviva Stadium, were slight favourites going into the tie of the round but both teams had their goalkeepers to thank for keeping them in the competition.

Crumlin’s Shane Supple made three great saves to deny Garry Comerford, Simon Holland and Roy Long in a first half where Avondale had the better chances despite the home side having more of the play.

Avondale’s Josh O’Shea and Crumlin’s Greg Moorhouse had good chances to break the deadlock in the second half but couldn’t finish before Avondale ‘keeper Daniel O’Leary pulled off a magnificent save right at the death to deny Moorhouse a match winning goal.

Yesterday, goals from Brendan Cullen and Ronan Crowley saw Bandon come away from the capital with a super win, defeating St James’s Gate 2-1 at The Iveagh Grounds.

Midleton advanced to the fourth round with a 2-0 win over Dublin Bus at Knockgriffin with goals from Andrew Knowles and Emmett Cotter, while Bluebell were too strong for UCC in Dublin, the LSL outfit winning 3-0.

On Saturday, goals from Dion Hennessey (2), Roy Kenny, Paul Deasy, and Derek O’Sullivan saw Ringmahon Rangers hammer Arklow Town 5-1 at Ringmahon Park to book their place in round 4, while Leeside went down 2-1 at home to UCD AFC.

Riverstown bowed out after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of St John Bosco’s in Dublin.

The game between Wayside Celtic and Carrigaline United fell victim to the weather in Dublin with the game to be played at a later date.

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