Well it wasn’t to be. Evergreen FC’s big day at the Aviva didn’t quite to to plan but they came up against a colossal side in the shape of Sheriff YC.
The inner city Dublin side are no strangers to the FAI Junior Cup having won it many time while Evergreen were contesting their first final in the competition in a few decades.
Sheriff got off to a good start, holding the lions share of posession for vast amounts of the first half while Evergreen were not as good moving the ball around. Both sides had their chances on goal, John Rock had a few of them in the opening 20 minutes but were either sent over the bar or into Packie Holdens hands.
After pressure on Evergreen for vast amounts of the opening half, it was Stephen Murphy from Sheriff who found the net on the 43rd minute, giving them a boost before half time.
The second half started better for Evergreen, the came out with more intent and were more physical on and off the ball too. The addition of Lee Delaney in the second half also made a noticeable difference to Evergreen who took advantage of a complacent looking Sheriff side who seemed to be happy sitting back and defending.
Evergreen got their chances with shots from Conor English and Chris Whearty to name a few but the accuracy just wasn’t there. Sheriff continued to sit back and let Evergreen take the ball to them, however Sheriff got a break and a ball passed over to the right hand side to captain Paul Murphy was enough for him to get on the end of it and stick it in the net on 87 minutes. That was that, Evergreen player manager Packie Holden says theres “No prizes for second place, we didn’t come up here to be gallant losers”.
Watch the full video with Packie after the game below….