FAI Junior Cup 6th Round
Peake Villa Fc 2
Pippy Carroll 46′ 56′ (pen)
Cherry Orchard 1
Steven Nicholl 65′
Peake Villa took the huge scalp of Cherry Orchard today and in the process moved into the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup with a 2-1 Scoreline.
Villa were quicker out of the traps and got the first opportunity on ten minutes when Matthew McKevitt tried an audacious overhead kick from twenty yards high was easy for the keeper. This seemed to wake Orchard up and on the twenty minute mark the Gar Edwards forced a very good save from Stephen Ryan. Ryan was called into action soon after when he drop a corner but recovered excellently from the feet of the striker. The half slid into a direct affair after that and it took until the fortieth minute for the next real chance when Number 9 for Orchard was put through by Number 6 and his shot was again saved well by Ryan at the near post. From the resulting corner Orchard went close again when a header just missed the target.
Peake Villa should really have taken the lead on the stroke of half time when the excellent Sean Wade sent Dale Loughnane down the left wing, Loughnane skipped by the defender and he’s low cross was met by McKevitt who hit it straight at the keeper with the goal at his mercy. McKevitt would get another chance when Keith Cahill knocked the ball down only to see the resulting volley sail over the bar.
Villa started the second half as they ended the first and went close immediately when a Sean Wade cross was put on a six pence for Carroll but he missed the ball. It didn’t take Carroll long to make up for that one and only a minute into the half he got the ball in the Orchard box and his sublime lob fooled everyone including the keeper and sailed into the net much to the delight of the 400 or so supporters. Villa nearly doubled their lead on the fifty fifth minute when a Cahill corner was met by Sean Wade and his header rebounded off the crossbar.
Only a minute later the biggest talking point of the game occurred when the referee awarded a free kick to Villa, but after a discussion with the linesman he awarded a penalty instead. Pippy Carroll stepped up and showed no nerves as he rifled the ball to the keepers bottom right to make it 2-0.
Orchard seemed to wake up after this and on the hour mark number 6 floated on a wonderful ball to number 2 but he glanced the ball wide when really he should have scored. Orchard did pull one back on the sixty fifth minute when great play from Gar Edwards resulted in a fine save from Ryan but Steven Nicholl was on hand to tap the ball home to half the deficit. Only three minutes later Orchard should have equalised but with the goal at his mercy the Orchard strikers shit was brilliantly stopped by Sean Wade with a last gasp tackle. Orchard continued to press and Ryan was called into action again when Number 6 again tested the Villa net minder.
Villa should have ended the game as a contest in injury time when Carroll put McKevitt through and his one on one effort was saved by the keeper.
Orchard had one last chance five minutes into injury time when the shot from twenty yards only to have the impressive Ryan on hand to save brilliantly again.
A fine win for James O’Sullivan’s side and richly deserved. Villa played brilliantly all over the park with Sean Wade, Alan Leahy, Matthew McKevitt and Stephen Ryan standing out. Orchards Gar Edwards was brilliant throughout and Number 6 was their best player on the day but the stoppagetime.ie Man Of The Match goes to Pippy Carroll who’s energy, goalscoring touch and experience stood out for the whole game. A very proud moment for the Thurles outfit.
Stoppagetime.ie would like to thank Peake Villa Fc for their hospitality today as they did everything in their power to make our job easy. We will be back for the next round wherever it is.