Glenmuir Celtic were the second Dundalk team to enter the hat for the last 32 teams in the National Cup after this hard earned win over Corduff on Sunday afternoon.
Abdul Abubakar scored the winning goal 12 minutes into the second-half but the game was ruined by a horrendous assault on the Glenmuir goalscoring hero by a Corduff player midway through the second half; the Dublin player received a straight red card for his actions.
Corduff raced into an early lead with Adrian Marques scoring in the first minute but Glenmuir fought back and Craig Lennon was unlucky not to equalise in the 10th minute but his shot was saved by the feet of Corduff ‘keeper Rigo Maka.
The sides were soon level when Ciaran McMahon beat the Corduff offside trap and slotted past Maka for a deserved equaliser. Jamie Farrell and Jack McKenna both threatened to put Glenmuir in the lead while at the other end David Hayes had to be alert to save twice at the feet of Adrian Marques.
Both sides had chances to take the lead after the break. McMahon set up Farrell on 39 minutes for Glenmuir but his shot was easily saved by Maka and Corduff’s Ryan Morley got in behind the Glenmuir defence on 44 minutes but David Hayes managed to block the Corduff player for a good save.
Glenmuir went 2-1 ahead in the 47th minute when a long clearance from Jamie Doherty fell nicely for Abdul Abubakar to chase he then rounded the Corduff ‘keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.
The home side nearly increased their lead two minutes later when Abubakar spotted the unmarked Jamie Farrell but the Corduff keeper was in the right place to make a comfortable save from Farrell’s shot.
The red card incident changed the complexion of the game and had an effect on both teams but Glenmuir stayed positive and really should have added to their goal tally but they deservedly held on for a tremendous victory.
Credit must go to all concerned at Glenmuir for the excellent behaviour of their players despite the assault on Abdul Abubakar.
Glenmuir Celtic: David Hayes, Jamie Doherty, Tolani Animashaun, Conor Dunn, Ciaran McMahon, James McQuillan, Abdul Abubakar, Jack McKenna, Ryan McCormack, Niall Cummins, Craig Lennon, Jamie Farrell, Oisin Cullen.hkhk