FAI JUNIOR CUP 5th Round
GOREY RANGERS 2 RATHKEALE (Limerick) 0
Eric Quinn celebrated his 21st birthday in style today by scoring a goal for Gorey Rangers in their convincing victory over the Limerick champions Rathkeale in their 5th Round FAI Junior Cup clash at Ramstown, Gorey, and he was also acclaimed ‘Man of the Match’.
Rathkeale were a strong physical opposition and drew on all of Gorey’s resilience and skill in a game that flowed from end to end.
Gorey took the lead after 20 minutes when Stephen Kinsella was taken down by the Limerick goalkeeper and Gary Murphy converted the resulting penalty.
Gorey were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Mark Woods was awarded a straight red card, however, the Wexford Cup champions who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of last years winners from Wexford town, North End, kept their composure and concentrated on their game plan.
Eric Quinn sealed his teams’ victory about 10 minutes from the end when he found the net and Gorey were beyond catching.
Sean Allen made some excellent saves to keep a clean goal; the back four were solid throughout, Stephen Kinsella excelled, while Gavin O’Brien dominated at midfield.
Paul Murphy suffered a serious knee injury in the first half, however, he will make a full recovery and his team-mates are wishing him well and looking forward to a speedly recovery and return to the squad.
Overall it was a great performance from Gorey Rangers who were missing three players from their panel, but they are a young and upcoming squad – all in their early 20’s – and they have their minds set on brining the FAI Junior Cup back to Wexford this season.
GOREY; Sean Allen (goal), Conor Casserly, Paul Murphy, Ryan Cullen, Gary Murphy, Mark Woods, Stephen Kinsella (capt.), Gavin O’Brien, Paul Brennan, Eric Quinn, David Behan; Subs; Glen O’Brien for Paul Murphy (injured), Dylan Vickers for Stephen Kinsella, Jamie Howard for Gary Murphy, and also Dion Liasson, Sean Roche and Gavin Griffiths.
The draw for the 6th Round will take place on Tuesday night and Gorey’s opponents could be from any part of the country with 32 teams remaining in the competition.