ALL ACTION Carbury’s Scott Lynch gets his shot in despite the best efforts of Manulla’s Gerry Canavan during Sunday’s FAI Junior Cup clash in Carramore. Pic: John Corless
O’Connor 33, Sweeney 73, Timmiss 76
Finan 39, Rooney 84
MANULLA produced a fine performance to knock Sligo/Leitrim champions Carbury, out of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday in torrential rain at Carramore.
This was a competitive cup tie with strong challenges and end-to-end action.
The visitors had two players red-carded by referee John Mulroe, and he was busy with the yellow-card too, waving it six times at Manulla players and five times at Carbury’s troops.
While the stats might suggest otherwise, this wasn’t a dirty game and many of the fouls came about as a result of players losing their grip on the slippery surface.
Manulla dominated the contest from start to finish and should have scored six given their possession and the chances they created.
Carbury’s defence played very far forward and without a sweeper, and on three occasions in the opening half, Manulla got behind them and should have scored on each occasion.
The excellent Darragh Byrne put through man of the match, Liam Timmiss, on 14 minutes and one-on-one with Carbury ‘keeper, Mark Rooney, Timmiss should have put Manulla in front instead of shooting over.
Byrne put Timmiss through again on 25 minutes this time; the big striker played it low across behind the defence to Lorcan Conroy who shot wide. And when Timmiss headed wide just after the half hour, it looked like it mightn’t be Manulla’s day.
But the homeside got their deserved goal two minutes later after a corner when centre-back, Rian O’Connor, drove home a half-clearance.
Then, with six minutes of the first half remaining, after a period of Carbury pressure — which saw shots from their excellent striker Jason Lyons and Tyler Stalland — full-back Gary Finnan found an equaliser, driving home a loose ball.
In a bizzare turn of events — and before Manulla could kick the game off again — Stalland managed to get himself booked twice and sent off.
The first booking was for a push on Manulla ‘keeper, Jack Livingstone, as Stalland went to claim the ball from the net.
The second was for vocalising his opinion on the first yellow card to referee Mulroe.
While Manulla were the better team throughout, the reduction in numbers meant that it was going to be very difficult for Carbury to win the game. They battled well but eventually the rain and the huge, heavy pitch took its toll and they fell further behind on 73 minutes when Seán Sweeney fired home to make it 3-1.
Timmiss eventually found the net three minutes later after good inter-play involving Gerry Canavan, Seán Corcoran and Sweeney.
Substitute Nathan Rooney pulled one back for Carbury with six minutes of normal time remaining, but it wasn’t enough.
The visitor’s ‘keeper, Rooney saw red in stoppage time for a foul on Canavan.
The final whistle confirmed Manulla’s safe passage to the next round.
J Livingstone, S Corcoran, G Jennings, R Henry, R O’Connor, C Walsh, L Conroy, D Byrne, L Timmiss, G Canavan, A Brennan.
Subs used: P Beirne, S Sweeney.
M Rooney, G Finan, A Murrin, S Lynch, R Gorman, S Armstrong, N Brennan, C Kelly, J Lyons, M McGoldrick, T Stalland.
Subs used: G Kelly, N Rooney.
Referee: J Mulroe