Dungarvan United – 1
Tramore booked a cup final place in Graun Park on Wednesday night last when they defeated Dungarvan United in a thrilling game.
A magnificent defensive display allied to two brilliantly taken goals booked a final place for the home side.
They will now play Ferrybank in the final this Thursday at the RSC.
Ferrybank caused a major shock by defeating Carrick United in Tom Drohan Park on the same evening.
Dungarvan flew out of the blocks in this encounter and the home goalkeeper Charley Grimes did well to turn away a blistering shot from Guste Aukaviciule after eight minutes.
They continued to impress but out of the blue, Tramore took the lead on 16 minutes when Jessica Devereux, daughter of the Southend United legend Paul Devereux, found the roof of the visitors net with a brilliant free kick from just outside the left side of the penalty area.
Tramore held that advantage for just four minutes however. Meave Gallagher slipped the ball forward to Kasey Tobin and the ultra talented Dungarvan No 10 guided the ball past Charley Grimes from just inside the 18 yards box.
It was a goal right out of the top drawer.
The hosts regained their advantage on 28 minutes and again this was a goal to grace any match. Clodagh Carroll took possession of the ball 40 yards from the Dungarvan goal. She shook off three tackles before unleashing a rocket of a shot with her left foot from the edge of the box.
The second 30 minutes was a case of one way traffic towards the home goal and the sublime Kasey Tobin was involved in all the positive Old Borough moves.
Time after time players such as Flora Dooley, Jade Egerton and Neema Nyangasi had to get in timely tackles to keep Tobin at bay. Kasey Tobin sent over a corner-kick from the left on 50 minutes. Her delivery struck the underside of the Tramore crossbar before Abbie Dunphy hacked the ball to safety.
Two minutes later Kasey Tobin found Ciara Kilcawley but her angled strike from the left was brilliantly tipped around the near post by Charley Grimes.
Tobin and Ciara Kilcawley combined once again after 56 minutes but this time Tobin’s shot was headed off the line by Flora Dunphy.
Moments later Charley Grimes had to race off her line to take the ball off in-running Ciara Kilcawley. With the visitors continuing to search for a goal to force extra time, Tramore broke away in stoppage time when Zara Breslin knocked a long ball forward to Chloe Spillane but the latter saw her low shot saved by the Dungarvan custodian Erica Kiely.
This was a really gutsy display by a Tramore team who had to dig deep to book a cup final appearance. Dungarvan, and especially Kasey Tobin made them fight all the way. The scene is now set for the final between Tramore and Ferrybank and not even the most ardent supporters are brave enough to make a prediction on who will lift the silverware later this week.
TRAMORE: Charley Grimes, Neema Nyangasi, Jade Egerton, Flora Dooley, Abbie Dunphy, Zara Breslin, Clodagh Carroll, Jessica Devereux, Cl;odagh Parkinson, Chloe Spillane, Tobi Siloke.
DUNGARVAN UNITED: Erica Kiely, Orla O’Brien, Kate Duggan-Sullivan, Molly Shrub, Niamh Curran, Meave Gallagher, Amber Kyngoln, Guste Aukaviciule, Kasey Tobin, Shannon Cockwell (Ciara Kilcawley `37) Emily O’Mahony.
REFEREE: Johnny Matthews.