A John Bevans inspired Shinrone Utd reached the last four of the Leinster Junior Shield with two goals in the last six minutes to beat a spirited Park Celtic Summerhill. In truth Shinrone were well worth their win as a glut of missed chances kept the sides close throughout.
Shinrone had the dream start with only three minutes gone Derek McLoughlin found his way through on goal thanks to Michael Cordial and his low drive left the Celtic keeper with no chance. Shinrone should have doubled their lead ten minutes later when M.Cordial’s corner was met by Darren Madden but his header was off target. Shinrone again went close in twenty minutes when the lively Darren O’Meara raced down the right and his inch perfect cross was met by the free McLoughlin but he went for power rather than precision from seven yards out and missed the target.
McLoughlin returned the favour on thirty one minutes but O’Meara could only fire straight at the thankful keeper. Shinrone lead one nil at half time and dominated proceedings in the mean time with Bevans and Johnny Cummins controlling the game from centre half.
The second half started much the same and O’Meara again found space down the right but again McLoughlin missed the target when he should have scored. Shinrone were made to rue those chances on fifty four minutes when a fantastic through ball seen the striker get on the end of it before Keeper Alan Conlon and the referee awarded a penalty, the striker stepped up and dispatched it brilliantly to Conlon’s right to level the game.
Celtic would dominate possession for the next ten minutes without ever really threatening the Shinrone goal and on sixty four minutes McLoughlin was again guilty of a bad miss when another M.Cordial cross found him by again the target eluded him. The game was on tenterhooks in the last ten minutes and a M.Cordial shot from the edge of the area was excellently blocked by a defender with a goal looking a certainty. Shinrone were defending brilliantly at this point and full back Terence Bartlett was causing problems out wide.
With six minutes remaining Shinrone finally regained the lead when M.Cordial free was headed home brilliantly to the keepers left by the impressive Bevans. Bevans wasn’t finished there however and with one minute remaining he found himself on the end of a M.Cordial corner and headed duly dispatched from less than a yard out to send his team through to the Semis.
An entertaining affair with Shinrone being the better side, Celtic showed glimpses but we’re never at the standard of their opponents. Shinrone had very good performers on the day with Terence Bartlett and Darren O’Meara impressing throughout, Michael Cordial was in immense form especially from set pieces but the stoppagetime.ie Man of the Match goes to John Bevans, a fantastic performance from the centre half and his goals were what effectively put his side through, coupled with a stern display in defence.