GARETH MAHER - Monday, October 18, 2010
Ryan Guy and St. Patrick's Athletic earned a second shot at reaching the FAI Ford Cup final after a last-minute goal gifted them a replay in their semi-final tie with Shamrock Rovers on Sunday.
Shamrock Rovers 2 - 2 St. Patrick's Athletic
Guy started up front alongside Danny North in an attacking line-up for the Saints, although they were forced to fight their way back into this encounter at Tallaght Stadium.
Rovers, who threatened early on, took the lead through Chris Turner when he jumped up ahead of Dave Mulcahy to smash a header beyond Saints goalkeeper Gary Rogers and into the roof of the net.
Pete Mahon's team responded with North and Derek Doyle going close with efforts before Guy supplied the perfect cross for David McAllister and his shot brought the best out of Rovers' Alan Mannus.
But McAllister did not waste his second opportunity when North played the midfielder through and he calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Up the other end, Rovers almost doubled their lead when Rogers got a strong hand to Stephen Bradley's free-kick and pushed it over the crossbar.
Then on 65 minutes, Gary Twigg rose highest in the Saints penalty area to meet Stephen Rice's cross from the right and power in a header to make it 2-1 to the home team.
However, the Saints have developed a knack for fighting right to the end in games and that is exactly what they did here. A last-minute corner kick from Brian Cash was headed into his own net by Paddy Kavanagh to ensure this tie went to a replay.
St Pat's will have to do it all over again on Tuesday at Richmond Park, but at least they have another chance of reaching the FAI Ford Cup final.
Chris Konopka was an unused substitute as Waterford United lost 3-1 to Athlone Town.