The Dungarvan United management team of Anslem Hayes, Tommy Butler (manager) and Stan Cummins show their delight after their win over Greencastle of Donegal in the FAI Junior Cup at Kilrush Park on Saturday night.
FAI JUNIOR CUP
Dungarvan United manager Tommy Butler was lost for words after his side’s remarkable comeback (from 3-0 down) yielded a place in the last 16 of the New Balance Aviva FAI Junior Cup as an extra-time strike from Ryan Donnelly gave the Old Borough outfit a thrilling 4-3 success in their clash with Greencastle of Donegal played at Kilrush Park.
Speaking after the game, Tommy Butler said, “I’m just an unbelievable feeling. I think it’s one of the best nights that we’ve seen here at Kilrush Park because we looked dead and buried but the lads have pulled it out of the fire. I’m just lost for words to be honest.
“I have to take my hat off to the lads because they kept fighting and battling. We went two goals down and we said at half-time that we needed to get back into the game but I didn’t think that we would concede a third goal before producing that comeback.
“We looked out the gap to be honest with you but it’s all credit to the lads. They didn’t panic and played for the 90 minutes. I was thinking when Mark Ferncombe missed the penalty that it wasn’t going to be our night but when the rebound went over, I really thought that was it if I’m honest but we showed amazing character.
“This team doesn’t do anything easy and there’s no doubt about that because we were three down against Bohs in the league earlier in the season and we came back to win 7-4. Tonight is special and it’s a special night for us all here in Kilrush Park. It means so much for so many people but especially the players.”
LOST FOR WORDS
“They’ve worked hard to get to this stage. I’m just lost for words and it’s just brilliant. When I was looking out onto the pitch when we got the second penalty after missing the first, the most experienced man there is Kevin Walsh and he took the penalty superbly well.
“I think that we seemed to stop after that goal but came good again. It’s a brilliant finish from Ryan for the winner because he kept his composure very well in front of goal. It’s a massive night for the town because we’re in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup.
“We’ve been battling on with the club over the past while and it’s all worthwhile when you get a night like tonight. It’s a big occasion in front of a great support and to come out the right side of the result is brilliant. We’ll now focus on the league next week against Hibernians and we’ll travel down there with great confidence.
“It would be great to get another home draw in the last 16 but look the way we have to look at it is that we’re in the next round of the competition. It’s great for the players and for us all involved. We’ll look forward to the draw and hopefully it will be favourable to us but for now, we’ll enjoy this moment because it’s special.”