0’CONNOR STRIKES AT THE DEATH TO SEND THE MONS THROUGH!

19 August 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The dramatist writing the script for Monaghan United’s extraordinary season excelled himself on Tuesday night, contriving a scenario worthy of the club’s historic achievement in reaching the final of the EA Sports League Cup, writes Peter Hughes …

A frenetic semi-final clash with Dundalk has reached a tension point as tight as a tourniquet when, with four minutes on the clock and the prospect of extra time imminent, United midfielder Cathal O’Connor, latching onto an astute pass from substitute Darragh Hanaphy, turned onto his left foot and sent a low drive past the despairing reach of Peter Cherrie and into the corner of the net.

Less than ten minutes later referee Damien Hancock’s final whistle precipitated exultant scenes among the home ranks who were prominent in a packed Gortakeegan as Mons boss Mick Cooke and his retinue burst from the dugout to join the players and fans in celebrating the club reaching its first major final since joining the senior ranks of Irish soccer 25 years ago.

The final act supplied a satisfyingly thrilling finale to what had been a spirited and compelling game, with United overcoming early stage fright to vie on equal terms with their Premier Division opponents and merit their victory by forging the best of the scoring chances.

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