Letterkenny Institute of Technology had an easy passage to the semi-finals of the CFAI Umbro Cup after a simple win over Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology on home turf on Wednesday afternoon.
Letterkenny IT 4
Galway-Mayo IT, Castlebar 1
Niall McGonagle’s side will now take on IT Carlow in the last four tie at a Tallaght venue on Tuesday, March 5, with the final taking place the following day at Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium.
After the disappointment of getting knocked out of the Colleges and Universities’ Football League by DCU three weeks ago, LYIT bounced back with a 1-0 win in the CFAI Cup away to Cork Institute of Technology– a result that kept their season on track.
GMIT Castlebar arrived with just 11 players yesterday and McGonagle rested Finn Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher and Barry McNamee of Derry City, who is part of the Ireland U-21 squad for Saturday’s friendly against the Leinster/Munster select at the AUL Complex. Ryan Toland and Johnny Logue will also be back in contention come next month.
Dean Bonner provided the lead goal yesterday when he deceived Mark Duffy direct from a corner. The sun presumably got in the eyes of the visiting goalkeeper on 24 minutes as he missed the ball completely.
Then, five minutes later, it was two when right-back Dylan Ramsay set John Mailey free down the line and his centre was stabbed home by Anthony Appiah, who recently signed with Derry.
The away team got back into the match on 35 minutes when Simon Doherty looped home a header when the hosts failed to clear a corner from Niall Tansy and Gallagher’s stand-in goalkeeper, Shaun Black, failed to punch clear.
Despite their momentary set-back, LYIT knew another goal would kill the tie and it arrived within seconds of the restart when Mailey broke through midfield and fed Jordan Duffy, who poked home to make it 3-1. Twenty minutes from time, Mailey touched a free-kick off to Ryan Curran, who fired a fourth from some 25 yards out.
LYIT: Shaun Black; Dylan Ramsay (Steve Okakpu 59), Jamie Boyle, Eoin Barrett, Dean Bonner; Ryan Curran, Jordan Duffy, Josh Mailey, Corey Gallagher (Kevin Doran 59); Luke O’Farrell, Anthony Appiah (David Gethins 59).
GMIT: Castlebar: Mark Duffy; Jeremie Abody, Luka Marron, Colin Walsh, Niall Tansy; Bambi Fasanya, Ronan McTigue, Augustine Ademoye, Simon Doherty; Dan Purcell, Paul Wisnieski.
Referee: Con McLaughlin.