Corinthian make Railway pay the Mills Cup penalty

Mills Cup semi-final
Cornithian 3 (I Stewart 2, A Sutton) Railway Union 3 (R Abbott 2, J Dick), Corinthian win 7-6 on penalties

Corinthian set up a second LHA final of the season against Glenanne as they struck in the closing 20 seconds of extra time of their semi-final against Railway Union, sending the tie to strokes which eventually ran to sudden death.

Corinthian's Ian Stewart was on the mark Pic: Adrian Boehm

Corinthian’s Ian Stewart was on the mark Pic: Adrian Boehm

Early on, James Dick hit the bar as he collected an overhead before dinking over Ross Murray only for the ball to bounce on the metalwork. He did make it 1-1 15 minutes in from a messy corner for the only goal of the first half.

The second half was a scrappy affair and Corinthian got back on terms when Ravin Nair was in the sin-bin, Ian Stewart whipping home a drag-flick. The lead did not last long as Dick played in Rob Abbott on halfway and he scored on his reverse.

Both teams then had corners in the closing phases but, with 12 minutes to go, Stewart converted high to the top corner for 2-2 at the end of normal time. It stayed that way through the first period of extra time before Abbott made it 3-2 90 seconds into the second half, deflecting in after good work from Mark English.

The reds took off Murray for an extra outfielder for the remainder but the tie looked done and dusted when Railway had a free-out with 20 seconds to go. Instead of launching it long, they had their pockets pinched in their own 22, leading to a corner.

That was reset and saved by Simon Thornton but only as far as Andrew Sutton who hammered home the rebound. The first series of five penalties ended locked at 4-4 before both Kenny Carroll and Sutton saw efforts saved in the first round of sudden death.

The next two rounds were all converted and Corinthian eventually held their nerve in the ninth round to win out 7-6.

They will now meet Glenanne in the final on St Patrick’s Day, hoping for revenge from their Neville Cup final defeat on St Stephen’s Day.

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