Friday, 17th August 2018
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Ferrybank march into last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup

Ferrybank 3 Inishvilla 0

Ferrybank's fine season continued at the Village Grounds on Sunday last when they proved too strong for West Cork outfit Inishvilla in Round 6 of the FAI Junior Cup. They will now join another Waterford League team, Dungarvan United in the last 16 of a competition which saw almost 800 clubs enter the competition. Dungarvan came from three goals behind to defeat Greencastle from Donegal the previous night in Kilrush Park. Unfortunately Carrick United bowed out of the competition in Dublin on Sunday. The 2008 champions lost 2-1 to Ayrefield in the capital.

Ferrybank created the best of the half chances that arrived during the opening 45 minutes with the visitors having a goal ruled out when referee John Ferncombe failed to play an advantage on ten minutes after Jack Walsh was fouled before scoring in what was a real let off for the hosts.

Paul Phelan did have a chance to put Ferrybank in front on 13 minutes when Meschac Babatu got free down the right channel before setting up the attacker at the near post but keeper David Lynch made a smart save to keep the ball out.

Sean Flynn had a good chance that fell his way on 27 minutes when Sean Duffy's delivery from the right was knocked down at the back post by Ethan Phelan into the path of the advanced central defender but he blazed a left-footed strike inches wide of the far post.

The only half chance that the West Cork carved out in the first half arrived four minutes later when Jack Walsh got free down the left channel before pulling the ball back to the top of the penalty area for Kevin Crualaut but he fired over the crossbar.

Ferrybank got their noses in front with four minutes played in the second period from the penalty spot when referee John Ferncombe was left with little option but to point to the spot when Ethan Phelan was brought to ground by Adam Sitini and Gary Dunphy sent the visiting keeper David Lynch the wrong way from 12 yards.

It got even better for the home side as they doubled their advantage on 52 minutes when Sean Duffy was fouled on the right-side of the area that saw Paul Phelan put in a brilliant ball to the back post for Sean Flynn and he planted a close-range header to the roof of the net.

This goal really put Ferrybank in the driving seat but it was Kevin Burns that kept their two-goal lead intact on 64 minutes when Shane Nolan slipped the ball into the path of Jack Walsh but his stinging left-footed strike from 25 yards was tipped over the crossbar by the former Blues netminder.

The game was put to bed on 77 minutes when Innishvilla full back Kieran Rice was rightly issued with his second yellow card of the tie when pulling down Ethan Phelan on the left-wing and from Gary Dunphy's free kick, Shane Nolan sliced the ball to the back of his own net.

Ferrybank did have chances to increase their advantage in the final few minutes of the contest when Kevin Roche was just wide with a header before Meschac Babatu raced clear on goal with four minutes remaining but keeper David Lynch saved at the feet of the attacker.

FERRYBANK: Kevin Burns, Conor Fell, Kevin Hurley (Sam Hudson Hamm `86), Sean Flynn (Damien Heffernan `80), John Purcell, Gary Dunphy (Cormac O'Driscoll `86), Richard Fitzgerald (Adrian Rockett `59), Sean Duffy, Meschac Babatu, Ethan Phelan, Paul Phelan (Kevin Roche `71)

INNISHVILLA: David Lynch, Kieran Rice, Don Lunch, Jack Lyons, Aidan Walsh, Conor Lynch (Shane O'Sullivan `65), Shane Nolan, Jack Walsh, Sean Ryan, Adam Sitini (Dan Lordan `84), Kevin Crualaut (Donnacha O'Mahony `84)

Referee: John Ferncombe assisted by Richie Brazil and Noel Purcell

Waterford FC in action on Friday

Waterford FC will play Wexford FC at the RSC on Friday at 7.30pm. They opened up their pre-season campaign in Graun Park last night against Tramore. The following Friday they will play Cabinteely at the same venue. Next Friday's match is sure to attract a large crowd as supporters will want to see all of the new players signed by the club.


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