Muirhevnamor make their exit from the FAI Junior Cup

Bellurgan's Connor Brennan closed down by Martin Murphy of Woodview Celtic
Sean Dixon’s Muirhevnamor made the trip to Ballymun to play Sandyhill Celtic in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday and the Dundalk side made their exit from the cup on a 2-1 scoreline.

Sean Dixon’s Muirhevnamor made the trip to Ballymun to play Sandyhill Celtic in the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday and the Dundalk side made their exit from the cup on a 2-1 scoreline.

Played in windswept conditions that did neither side any favours the home side went in front on 30 minutes from a header that caught the visitors defence out.

Muirhevnamor battled back and they drew level with five minutes of the half remaining when Conal Mulvenna and Brian Begley worked and opening for Philip Duffy.

His effort was too hot for the Sandyhill Celtic goalkeeper but Mulvenna followed up to ram the loose ball home.

Five minutes into the second half and the home side restored their lead when Muirhevnamor’s central defender Adrian Rafferty was caught in possession and the home striker strode forward and shot past the isolated Michael Cooney.

The visitors refused to yield and the almost drew level when their manager Dixon, a replacement for the injured Padraig Smith, headed just over from Sean Conlon’s curling delivery.

The visitors were dealt a hammer blow with 15 minutes left play when Stefan McKevitt picked up a second yellow card to leave his side a goal and a man down.

Undeterred by the sending off, Dixon’s side forced the Ballymun side to defend in numbers and they were desperately unlucky not to restore parity when Brendan Hughes thumped a powerful header off the crossbar when he got on the end of Jimmy Cooney’s in swinger.

The final whistle sounded much to the relief of the hard pressed home side soon after.

Muirhevnamor: Michael Cooney, Stefan McKevitt, Conal Mulvenna, Adrian Rafferty, Jimmy Cooney, Sean Conlon, Brian Begley, Philip Duffy, Thomas McShane, Padraig Smith (Sean Dixon), Brendan Hughes.