Glebe Rangers had a dream start to 2016 with a cup win at the Riada Stadium.
With no competitive game from the start of December the Glebe Manager Jason Wilmont was hoping this game in the second round of the Intermediate Cup could be used to alleviate any rustiness his players were experiencing after the enforced lay-off and festive period.
However, the underdogs showed the crowd and their manager just what they are capable off as they produced an impressive performance to beat Limavady United, currently topping the Championship 2 table, 4-3 on penalties after a period of extra time.
Playing with renewed determination, Glebe spoiled Limavady’s party as they held them to a scoreless draw at the end of full time. With 20 minutes added time to be played it was still anyone’s game and Limavady came close with less than a minute played only for Fullerton to deny him. This fired Glebe into action and they came close five minutes later only for the Roesdiers’ keeper Wells who produced a superb double save to stop McDowell’s point blank header and then his follow up shot.
The deadlock was finally broken, when, against the run of play, McMullan scored for the visitors after Friel put him through. Glebe refused to give up without a fight and as the first period of extra time came to a close Sheppard steered the ball past Wells to score the equaliser.
Both team’s battled to secure the winner but it was not to be and it all came down to a penalty shoot out which will be remembered for Friel’s attempt to outfox the keeper which backfired spectacularly, sending Glebe Rangers into the third round of the cup.
Glebe will now face either Knockbreda or the PSNI on 23rd January.
Manager Jason Wilmont commented afterwards: “We tired later on and we knew that was going to happen but even when we went a goal down in extra time the reaction was brilliant and I couldn’t ask for any more from the boys, I was very proud of them.”