Carrick United 1; WFTA 1 (AET; 4-2 on pens)
An unconvincing display it may have been from Carrick United, the FAI Junior champions of 2008, but nevertheless they are through to the last 16 of this season’s competition following a penalty shoot-out victory over the visitors from Finglas (West Finglas Tennants Association).
In the last round, Carrick also required penalties to defeat Erris United in Mayo, so they are riding their luck somewhat, but now they can look forward to meeting their near neighbours St Michael’s, Clonmel in the last 16 and that game will pack out Tom Drohan Park in Coolnamuck.
That will have to plan for that contest without star midfielder Wayne Fitzgerald who received a red card three minutes into the first period of extra time. The visitors had Gareth Connolly sent off three minutes into the second half, but this was not a dirty game by any means.
The 90 minutes of normal time and indeed the extra 20 minutes produced very little in the way of exciting football and as a result chances were few and far between. Down through the years the Waterford Premier League side have mastered the art of winning such games and this was another prime example.
The ‘Super Hoops’ are unbeaten in all competitions this season (League and Munster Cup included) so it could be another glorious season for the side who are now managed by long serving defender Brian Barry.
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