Crumlin knock Intermediate Cup specialists Avondale out again

HOLDERS Crumlin United disposed of FAI Intermediate Cup specialists Avondale United for the second time in two seasons after coming away from Avondale Park with a hard fought 2-1 victory after extra-time on Saturday.

Crumlin knock Intermediate Cup specialists Avondale out again

With the Cork side going for a record five in-a-row titles last season, they were stopped in their tracks at Pearce Park by a Crumlin outfit who went on to lift the cup at The Aviva Stadium in May.

This time out, Dave Warren’s side would have fancied their chances of getting revenge on home soil after drawing in Dublin before Christmas.

With Crumlin playing their home matches on a synthetic surface, Avondale didn’t want to move the game to one of the synthetic pitches in Cork.

They did well to get the game played on their home patch but the pitch resembled a mud bath by the end and they may rue the decision to play the game as the conditions made life extremely difficult for both sides.

Martin Loughran’s holders went in front early on with an Alan McGreal free-kick before Danny Long equalised 15 minutes from time to force extra-time.

Noel Murray headed home Crumlin’s second in the first period of extra-time and despite pressure from Avondale to find a second equaliser, Loughran’s men hung on to book their place in round 4.

There was better news for the Munster Senior League yesterday when Nathan Coleman’s goal was enough for Carrigaline United to advance to the fourth round as they narrowly saw off Wayside Celtic 1-0 in their replay at Ballea Park.

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