Feeney finds the net but tie ends in penalty pain

St Mary's manager Conor Hagan.
St Mary's manager Conor Hagan.

The level of excitement increased as play progressed between St Mary’s and Dungannon Rovers.

However, the Saints’ Junior Cup hopes ultimately faded as Rovers won the penalty shoot-out by 5-4.

A spot-kick save proved decisive to see off St Mary’s.

“We had injuries to some key players but still entered the match with a strong squad,” said St Mary’s Gerry Fay. “They were the better side over the first half and it is always more difficult having to try and raise your game following a sluggish start.”

Ruairi Feeney and Ryan Lawless both had sights of goal without success before a boost arrived with Rovers’ red card.

Feeney then broke the deadlock only for the visitors to force extra-time and win the penalty shoot-out.