Muirhevnamor’s excellent run in the FAI Junior Cup continues after they beat Ballymahon of Longford after extra time on Friday night.
Their opposition, who play in their county’s top flight, managed to fight back from a two goal deficit to take the game to an additional period, during which the Dundalk outfit managed the winner from the penalty spot to ironically prevent penalties.
Sean Maguire’s side opened brightly and on 10 minutes, Gary Clarke saw his 20-yard thunderbolt brilliantly tipped over by Kyle Fitzgerald in the visitors’ nets and Adrian Rafferty had a header cleared off the line.
It wasn’t until the 37th minute that they went in front and at last got a goal to show for their efforts when Paul Mallon scored from a header when he got on the end of Clarke’s back post delivery to make it 1-0 at half-time.
Five minutes into the second half, Maguire’s men went 2-0 up when Philip Duffy blasted a 35-yard free-kick to the top corner of the net past a statuesque Fitzgerald.
Ballymahon responded almost immediately when John Nevin fired past David Cooney in the Muirhevnamor goals after he had worked an opening with some excellent footwork.
Muirhevnamor were still enjoying the majority of the play as they created a number of clear chances with Sean Conlon shooting over when well positioned while Barry O’Hare fired his shot straight into the goalkeepers’ midriff when he should have did much better.
The home side were eventually made to pay for these costly misses when referee Dennis Dullaghan penalised Brian Begley for a rash challenge on Nevin and the resultant penalty kick was blasted to the roof of the net by Martin Sheehan to send the game into extra time.
The first-half of extra time saw both teams fail to score but in the early minutes of the second period, referee Dullaghan was on the spot to award a second penalty when Duffy was chopped down inside the visitors penalty area.
Up stepped Jimmy Cooney to rifle the 12-yarder to the net to leave the final score 3-2 as Muirhevnamor march on again in the national cup competition.
MUIRHEVNAMOR: David Cooney, Cody Magill, Brian Begley (Conal Mulvenna), Adrian Rafferty, Jimmy Cooney, Derek Rogers ( Conor Gorman), Philip Duffy, Paul Mellon (Michael Bergin), Thomas McShane, Barry O’Hare, Gary Clarke.