FAI NEW BALANCE INTERMEDIATE CUP 3RD ROUND
Leeds 1 (Sheehy 24) Ballymun 0
A fine goal from Cal Sheehy midway through the first half was enough to secure Leeds a place in round four of the FAI Intermediate Cup.
It was an impressive result for the northside club but Ballymun will leave scratching their heads as to how they did not at least bring the game back to Dublin.
The second half was played primarily in Leeds half but some fantastic goalkeeping, good old-fashioned defending, putting bodies on the line and a bit of luck, the home side progressed.
The early stages were frantic with both sides looking looking to stamp their authority without a whole lot of goalmouth action.
The goal when it did come though was terrific, Paul Fitzgerald picking out the lively Eric Murphy, who pulled the ball across to Sheehy, delightfully letting the ball run across his body taking the centre-half out of the game and firing a left footed shot into the bottom corner.
The celebrations were almost short lived when a Ballymun free-kick on the right came through a swarm of bodies and was turned home but the Dubliner’s celebrations were halted with the linesman judging the goalscorer to be offside.
Up to half-time, Ballymun continued in vain to draw level with Leeds carrying a threat on the counter-attack.
The second half was all Ballymun with Leeds having to defend in numbers and they did it manfully and as a unit with nobody shirking responsibility.
The best of the clear-cut chances for Ballymun and there were few of those despite their second-half dominance brought a magnificent save from Stuart Coakley just after the hour.
A well-worked move by the visitors ended with a strike from 12 yards that was destined for the roof of the net but for Coakley’s fingertip save.
The save drew applause from both sets of supporters and it was going to take something special to break down the Leeds rearguard.
Leeds never stopped working and maintained a threat on the break and in truth they broke Ballymun hearts with a defensive performance that was as good as you will see all season.
Shots on Target: Leeds 1 Ballymun 3
Shots off Target: Leeds 4 Ballymun 5
Corners: Leeds 3 Ballymun 8
Yellow Cards: Leeds 1 Ballymun 2
Possession: Leeds 34% Ballymun 66%
Man of the Match: Kenny Coleman (Leeds) Could have defended blindfolded such was his reading of the game, snuffing out Ballymun at every opportunity and just in the right place at the right time when it came to putting his head to the ball, blocks and clearances.
Leeds: Stuart Coakley, Alan Minihane, Paul Fitzgerald, Kenny Coleman, Anthony O’Callaghan, Victor Mylod, Craig Cooney (Kenny O’Leary 59 mins), Eric Murphy, Sean O’Callaghan, Jordan Murphy, Cal Sheehy.
Picture shows goalscorer, Cal Sheehy in action today against Ballymun.