Villa – 1
Dungarvan United, who just missed out on promotion to the Premier League, are now red hot favourites to get some consolation by winning the First Division Cup following this facile victory over the Villa at a sun drenched Ozier Park on Wednesday night last.
The Old Borough outfit were never troubled and led two nil at half -time.
When Gavin Crotty scored two goals in two minutes early in the second half the writing was well and truly on the wall for the city side.
Dungarvan will now play either Hibernians or Johnville in the final on Wednesday, June 4th. Those two clubs will play their semi-final on Sunday, June 1st.
Piotr Goch flashed a free kick on the edge of the penalty area after a Villa defender was judged to handled on nine minutes but the striker saw his well struck right-footed strike flashed just inches wide of Liam Kavanagh’s left-hand post as Dungarvan tried to put down an early marker.
Shane Kelly should have hit the target with a good opportunity that on 14 minutes when he attacked the ball inside the six yard box following a delivery from Gavin Crotty but his effort went wide of the goal.
Dungarvan did find the breakthrough goal three minutes later when the impressive Crotty sprayed the ball out to the left channel for Lee Hyslop, who burst into the penalty area before fi ring a low left-footed shot beyond the dive of Villa netminder Kavanagh.
Hyslop doubled the lead for the visitors from the West on 34 minutes when he latched onto a through ball from midfielder from Shane Lannon but after his first effort came back Matt Keane reports off the foot of the post, he made no mistake with the rebound from an acute angle.
A third goal for Dungarvan arrived just five minutes into the second half when Piotr Goch played the ball in for Gavin Crotty out on the left-side of the penalty area and he beat keeper Liam Kavanagh with a fine effort to the far corner of the net.
Crotty was celebrating his second goal of the game and his sides fourth on 51 minutes when he drilled a low shot from the right past keeper Kavanagh before Shane Lannon got his name on the scoreboard after 63 minutes with an effort from distance.
Villa did find themselves a goal on 76 minutes when Jack Gaule raced onto a long ball over from the top from the left from Brian McDonald before the striker gave keeper Billy Sheehan no chance with a neat right-footed shot from 16 yards.
DUNGARVAN UNITED: Billy Sheehan, Emmet Gaffney, Tony Fitzgerald, Christy Power, Patrick Lynch, Shane Lannon, David Condon, Lee Hyslop, Piotr Goch (John Byrne `71), Gavin Crotty (Fionn Hallihan `61), Shane Kelly (Mark Crotty `61)
VILLA: Liam Kavanagh, John Hale (Jack Gaule `46), Lee Crowley (Brian McDonald `68), Roy Butler, Paddy Fitzgerald, Adam Walsh, Eoin Kindlon (Kevin Kelly `36), Fergus McDonald, Chris Fitzek, Tadhg Whelan, Dylan McGuire
REFEREE: Noel Purcell.
ASSISTANTS: Tony Dunphy and Anthony Walsh.