North End United suffer heartbreaking defeat
North End's hopes of running out on to the hallowed turf of the Aviva Stadium were cruelly dashed as they were hit with two sucker-punches from impressive Liffey Wanderers striker Aidan Roche in their FAI Junior Cup semi-final in Ferrycarrig Park.
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Roche struck early in both halves to steer the Dubliners through and although a sublime Shane Dempsey free-kick in the 89th minute set up a frantic finish North End suffered a heartbreaking defeat.
The Wexford champions bossed the game in the possession stakes for long periods but all too often their final ball let them down with Wanderers goalkeeper Philip O'Connor coming off his line to comfortably gather on numerous occasions.
Wanderers were quickly out of the blocks and shocked the large home support by taking the lead in the first minute when Aidan Roche raced onto a long throw from Gary Young, sliding in to toe poke the ball past United goalkeeper Lee Walker.
North End were again caught cold in the second-half, conceding a penalty just three minutes in. Walker did brilliantly to get down to his right and palm Anthony O'Connor's spot-kick around the post but his efforts proved to be in vain with Roche heading in the resulting corner.
North End fought bravely to claw their way back into the tie, with Dempsey's wonderful 25-yard free-kick giving them hope, but unfortunately they came up just short.