Cobh Wanderers Football Club

FAI Intermediate Cup 3rd Round Replay: Sacred Heart 2-4 Cobh Wanderers


What a great day for Cobh Wanderers football club…..a great day out!!…..and the result helped a bit too. An excellent team performance saw Wanderers deservedly win this replay by a two-goal margin but were made to work very hard until captain Conor Meade scored the insurance goal in the 84th minute to make the score line 4-2 and ease the tension that had built for most of the second half. The loss of key players seemed to galvanize the team and spur them on to new heights. Boss Michael Deasy and his management team of Patrick O’ Connor, Dave Ryan, fitness coach Bradz and kit man Kevin O’ Neill, sent the team out with a purpose and belief that showed right from the kick-off.

Wanderers were at it from the start and had a stone wall penalty claim turned down after just two minutes when Jimmy Griffin was upended in the box by the home keeper. On eight minutes Alan O’ Flynn won a tussle on the right and slipped the ball to Griffin who pulled back for Meade and he drove his effort across the goal and wide of the far post. Wanderers took the lead on 14minutes when Meade went on a run down the left before back-heeling to Dave Stack who put the ball across the box, through the keeper’s hands in his attempt to gather, and into the path of Griffin who had the simple task of finishing to an empty net. Two minutes later O’ Flynn again set up Griffin and his shot was blocked before the rebound fell to him ten yards out and he made no mistake with the second effort. Sacred Heart pulled one back just three minutes later when they worked the ball into the right corner before pulling it back for Daniel Purdy to curl an unstoppable effort to the top corner form distance. Wanderers restored the two-goal advantage ten minutes later when Meade again ran at the home defence before his cross from the left was cleared to Dave Stack and he hit a sweet volley to the top corner of the net. Again, Wanderers allowed the home side to reduce the deficit on 35 minutes when a free kick was whipped into the box and the ball struck the hands of Gary Collins allowing the ref to point to the spot which resulted in Purdy grabbing his second. Heart had a breakaway on 41 minutes which should have resulted in an equalizer but the player skewed his attempted cross into Hallas hands before Gary Collins almost extended the lead just before the break with a sharp strike that flew just over.
Shane Hallahan made a great save 12minutes into the second half to preserve the lead following a break down the left and a simple ball that took out two players and allowed a strike on goal from inside the box. Three minutes later some great work from Jimmy Griffin produced a chance for O’ Flynn but his left foot curler was just off target. Wanderers almost extended the lead on 78minutes when a long kick-out from Halla was headed on by Meade into the path of Stack and he powered forward before unleashing a left foot strike that flew just wide of the near post. The final strike came following another long punt from Halla to O’ Flynn on the right and he set up Meade to tap in the fourth and set up a meeting with Killester in the next round. Halla made an excellent near post save before the end and in injury time a corner from the left was headed back across goal by Shane Geasley onto the head of Emmet O’ Hanlon who brought a stunning save out of the home keeper.

There were some excellent performances all-round the pitch today and especially from young Jordan Tarrant Lowry and Kyle Downing in the full back positions along with Michael O’ Shea and Dave Curran in the mid-field coupled with the two-goal hero Jimmy Griffin up front and superb defending from John Meade and Gary Collins in the heart of the defence assisted by a solid display from Shane Hallahan in goal. Its back to League business next Saturday with a trip to Douglas Hall and a meeting of third versus second.

Team: Shane Hallahan, Jordan Tarrant Lowry, Kyle Downing, John Meade, Gary Collins, Dave Curran, Alan O’ Flynn (Shane Geasley 87), Michael O’ Shea, Conor Meade, Jimmy Griffin (Emmet O’ Hanlon 68), Dave Stack.

Scores: Jimmy Griffin 14&16, Dave Stack 29, Conor Meade 84. Sacred Heart 19 & 35