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Sunday 21 Nov 2021
Seventh heaven for Tummery Athletic in fonaCAB Junior Cup

(Picture: Tummery scorers Ciaran Beacom, Kyle McCrory, Adrian McCaffrey and Ruairi Sludden. Credit: Gary Hancock)

Tummery Athletic hit three goals in extra-time to defeat St Matthew's 7-4 in the fonaCAB Junior Cup Third Round 'tie of the round' on Saturday.

The Fermanagh and Western League side moved in front after 14 minutes when Kyle McCrory side footed the opening goal past keeper Criostoir Devlin from 12 yards.

Tummery doubled their advantage on 22 minutes courtesy of Adrian McCaffrey's confidently taken spot-kick before Ruairi Sludden connected with a McCrory cross to the back post to rifle home a third midway through the first half.


However, St Matthew's pulled a goal back before the half-hour mark when Cristian Mba Nsue made the most of a miscommunication in the home defence to fire home from close range.

Tummery responded positively and restored their three-goal cushion eight minutes before half-time when McCaffrey doubled his tally with a tap in.

Back came St Matthew's early in the second half with Ciaran Vernon's 54th minute penalty with substitute Pearse Bennett reducing the deficit further still with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after receiving a quickly taken free-kick and taking the ball round keeper Niall McCrory and into the net.

With the momentum very much with the visitors it was perhaps no surprise when they levelled right at the end of normal time after substitute Cameron Fitzsimmons found a bit of space inside the area and swivelled to turn the ball home.

Despite being rocked by this late equaliser Tummery regrouped and duly regained the lead eight minutes into extra-time with a 20-yard drive from 'man of the match' Kyle McCrory.

Ciaran Beacom then extended Tummery's lead a couple of minutes after that from six yards before McCrory made sure with his hat-trick goal three minutes after extra-time when he picked up on Martin Hughes' pass to send the ball past Devlin.