Ringmahon Rangers 1 Newtown Rangers 1by Cork Sports News November 25, 2018
FAI Intermediate Cup
Ringmahon Rangers 1 (Dunphy 27) Newtown Rangers 1 (Purdy 81)
By Paul Connolly
Ringmahon Park survived the overnight elements and the game was passed fit to play but Ringmahon will have to do it the hard way and win in Dublin after this stalemate.
A bright opening from the visitors brought about the first chance of the game after four minutes when a poor clearence led to a decent chance with Lee Murtagh firing over from the edge of the penalty area.
Ringmahon took their time to settle into the game and on eight minutes good work from Anthony McAlavey saw him put in a cross that Jack Cairns contested for with the Newtown keeper, Patrick Whelan and the ball broke to Jason Dunphy but he headed wide from close range.
At the other end, a Newtown free kick from deep found Murtagh unmarked but he fired over with a left foot volley from a difficult angle.
Ringmahon created a half chance of there own when a good ball by Anthony O’Donnell found Alan Higgins and he headed back across goal but the ball was gathered by Whelen as Dunphy waited to pounce.
A minute later, a clever ball into feet of Dunphy from O’Donnell saw him beat a defender and make his way into the box where he was challenged by Darren O’Grady, Ringmahon claimed a penalty but referee, Eddie McNally, waved away the claims.
The breakthrough came after 27 minutes after some neat inter-play set Jason Dunphy up and he scored with a deflected effort low into the right hand corner and it was a deserved lead.
Newtown responded well to conceding that goal and almost drew level on the half hour mark as Brian Malee missed a glorious chance with a header from a free kick.
Ringmahon almost doubled their lead when a superb threaded pass from McAlvey set Philip Keane down the right and his low whipped cross was met by the incoming, Jack Cairns, who drew a point blank brilliant save from the keeper.
Ringmahon were in the acendancy and a second goal could have wrapped up the contest and McAlavey was again at the heart of it as he stood up a ball for Cairns but Malee just got there before him to head clear for a corner.
McAlavey and O’Donnell worked it short and O’Donnell who was now starting to have a big impact on the game saw his goalbound effort deflected wide for another corner.
Right on half-time, good play from Mady Norah Cisse put Jack Cairns away and his cross found Chris Fox who will feel he should have scored from 10 yards which probably would have put Ringmahon out of sight.
The first chance of the second half came on 52 minutes as Ringmahon keeper, James Kirby dropped a cross while under pressure from Carl Wynne but Alan Higgins was on hand to scramble away.
Ringmahon were looking for a second and some good work from Jason Forde down the left saw him get to the byline and pull a ball back for Jack Cairns, unfortunately, he was leaning back and shot over.
The game became scrappy as Ringmahon weighed up whether to go and try and win the game at the first attempt with a second goal or hold what they had and a poor clearance fell to the feet of Murtagh and his shot was well held by Kirby as the clock ticked down to full-time.
Shortly afterwards and Ringmahon were punished with Newtown equalising in the 81st minute, Daniel Purdy took a free kick from an angle from 25 yards out which bounced in front of Kirby and skipped past him into the net.
The home side almost snatched it in injury-time, Anthony McAlavey had a free kick from 20 yards and his shot found the target but it was a comfortable save low down to his right for Patrick Whelan.
Ringmahon will be disappointed not to have won the game on their first half performance but you have to praise a gallant Newtown Rangers and the sides will have to do it all again in two weeks time in Dublin.
Ringmahon Rangers: James Kirby, Philip Keane, Jason Forde, Mady Norah Cisse, Alan Higgins, Sean Blake, Chris Fox (Patrick O’Brien 82), Anthony McAlavey, Jack Cairns, Jason Dunphy (Roy Kenny 82), Anthony O’Donnell.
Newtown Rangers: Patrick Whelan, Craig Elliott (AnthonyPurdy 73), John Houlihan, Darren O’Grady, Brian Malee, Daniel Purdy, Alan Greenalagh, Anthony Dolan, Lee Murtagh, Carl Wynne, Alex Molloy.
Ringmahon / Newtown
Shots on Target: 5 / 2
Shots off Target: 4 / 6
Corners: 6 / 1
Referee: Edwin McNally.