Glebe Rangers advance in Irish Cup with late winner against Ardglass

UNDER PRESSURE. Glebe Rangers put the visiting Ardglass defence under pressure during the cup tie on Saturday.INBM50-13 112SC.
UNDER PRESSURE. Glebe Rangers put the visiting Ardglass defence under pressure during the cup tie on Saturday.INBM50-13 112SC.

PETER Kennoway hit a double to book Glebe’s place in the draw for the next round of the Irish Cup.

Ardglass made the long trip to the Joey Dunlop Centre as they met Glebe Rangers in this Irish Cup tie and it was the hosts who eventually triumphed by the odd goal in five as Peter Kennoway proved to be the extra-time goal-scoring hero.

In a first half largely devoid of goal mouth incident it was the visitors who first threatened as Rooney met a cross from McGee but the header was weak and Kane saved easily. Both teams continued to cancel each other out until just before the break when Ricky Kerr almost broke the deadlock.

The striker picked up the ball forty yards from goal and set off on a fine run which culminated with a well-placed shot which Johnny Hume was forced to clear off the line. At last Glebe awoke from their slumber and almost snatched the lead with the last kick of the half but Elder was unable to control from Kennoway’s flick and the teams went in scoreless at the interval.

The second half was only two minutes old when Mick McGee opened the scoring for the visitors, seizing on a Hume back-pass and firing past Kane. Glebe responded and it was Kennoway who added to his haul from midfield as he notched in the 56th minute.

Buoyed by their equaliser the hosts continued to press and Ian Christie’s effort was well saved by Gordon. The keeper came to the rescue again when he denied Elder after the striker had been found by a fine through-ball from Marks. Just as Glebe seemed to be gaining the upper hand the visitors struck again in the 65th minute. Neil Taggart took a free-kick wide on the left and the high ball seemed to deceive Kane before ending up in the net.

The action continued a minute later when the visitors claimed a penalty as Nicholl collided with sub Daniel Smyth but ref Davy Walker waved play on and Glebe took full advantage shortly after. Jackie Morrison surged forward and his cross was controlled by Elder who then produced an excellent volleyed finish past Gordon. Straight from the restart McGee’s audacious effort from his own half rebounded off the crossbar and the same player was then denied by a last-gasp challenge inside the box from Chris Nicholl.

With the clock ticking down both teams went all-out for a winner. Gareth Henry and Hume saw efforts saved by Gordon before Kane did likewise from a shot by Neil Taggart and Jim McStravick’s header. In the last minute Ardglass had one final opportunity to win the tie but Nicholl produced a great block to send the game into extra-time.

As conditions worsened in the first period Glebe seemed to grow stronger and Christie shot wide from inside the box before neat interplay between Elder and Gurney saw the forward’s effort sail over. The pattern continued in the second phase with Glebe remaining in the ascendancy. Elder had a free-kick saved by the busy Gordon before the decisive moment arrived. Tommy Elder raced down the right flank and produced a great cross which was met by the advancing Kennoway who powered his header into the net to put Glebe ahead for the first time in the match.

Matters turned even sourer for the visitors with two minutes remaining when Telford received his marching orders after scything down Morrison.

And with his dismissal went the visitors’ chances of securing anything from the game. Glebe saw out the remaining time and all eyes will now be fixed on Monday 16th December when the 5th round draw will be conducted with the possibility of meeting one of the big boys from the Danske Bank Premiership.

Glebe Rangers: Kane, Morrison (J), Hume, Sheppard, Nicholl, Morrison (W), Marks, Kennoway, Henry, Elder, Christie.

Subs: Gurney, Clyde, McVicker

Ardglass: Gordon, Taggart (C) Carton, McStravick, Telford, Dorrian, Taggart (N), Kerney, Kerr, McGee, Rooney

Subs: McGinn, Smyth, Deegan (M), Deegan (N).