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Jack Doherty with the match ball after he hit a hat-trick for Carrick United in their impressive FAI Junior Cup win over Athenry at Tom Drohan Park on Sunday.
Umbro Aviva FAI Junior Cup 5th Round
Carrick United cruised impressively into the last 32 of the Umbro Aviva FAI Junior Cup as a hat-trick from centre forward Jack Doherty steered his side to a 4-0 success over Galway side Athenry in their cup clash played at a bitter Tom Drohan Park in Coolnamuck on Sunday afternoon last.
After their polished win over Hibernians in the previous round, the hosts continued their recent run of good cup form when proving far too good for a visiting challenge that ended with ten men after the second half dismissal of full back Dan Cunningham which had no impact on the final result whatsoever.
Carrick United goalkeeper Adrian Walsh was called into action to make a smart save on seven minutes when Gary Forde’s left-footed shot broke to the edge of the area for Gary Delaney but his deflected effort was well gathered by the hosts’ player-manager.
It was the woodwork that denied the Galway outfit the lead goal three minutes later when a brilliant Dan Cunningham delivery from the right found the head of Ryan Shanghnessy at the near post but his header came back off the far post with Walsh beaten.
Athenry carved out another chance on 11 minutes when Dan Cunningham ghosted in from the left before bringing the ball onto his right-foot but his effort was clawed onto the crossbar and out for a fruitless corner as the visitors took up the early running.
Carrick took the lead with their first attack of threat with 28 minutes on the clock when a magnificent ball from Dale O’Mahony picked out Jack Doherty out on the left side of the penalty area and he drilled an unstoppable left-footed shot to the far corner of the net past a helpless TJ Forde from 16 yards.
Things got even better for the champions of 2008 with less than sixty seconds remaining in the half when they were awarded a free kick out on the right by referee Richie Brazil and it was Doherty that took advantage with a well struck effort that beat the Athenry keeper Forde at his far post.
Gerry Walsh, who scored a brace in the previous round against Hibernians, nearly put the tie out of the visitors’ reach three minutes into the second half when he took a pass from Anthony Power but his well struck right-footed shot was just inches wide of TJ Forde’s left-hand post.
It was Jack Doherty who grabbed his hat-trick for Carrick on 53 minutes when the striker took a pass from Keith Walsh and after he got the better of the visiting keeper, he held his nerve to slot a right-footed shot under the legs of central defender Declan Cullen from inside the penalty area.
Athenry were reduced to ten men by referee Richie Brazil on 80 minutes when full back Dan Cunningham was sent off for a second yellow card and Carrick added a fourth seconds later when Ian Cleary crossed from the right for Joe Hart, who powered a shot past keeper Forde at the back post.
CARRICK UNITED: Adrian Walsh, Dale O’Mahony (Alan Rockett ’83), Joe Hart, Anthony O’Donnell, Eoghan Burke, Jack Doherty(John Keyes ’78), Gerry Walsh (Ian Cleary ’80), Anthony Power, Keith Walsh (Liam Mulligan ’81), John Walsh, Stephen Kerwick
ATHENRY: TJ Forde, Larry O’Connell, Dan Cunningham, Declan Cullen, James Farrell, Gary Delaney (Paddy Quinn ’65),Alan O’Donovan, Jamie O’Driscoll, Colm O’Donovan, Ryan Shanghnessy (Conor Cannon ’46),Gary Forde
Referee: Richie Brazil assisted by Paul Butler and Christopher Maher.