LISTEN: O’Donoghue thrilled to reach semi final of FAI Junior Cup

Regional United joint manager Shane O’Donoghue was clearly still trying to fathom his side’s heroic comeback in the FAI Junior Cup quarter final on Sunday.

Speaking a day after the dramatic comeback, the former Limerick FC player was still on a high. Sheriff YC were favourites for the competition and led 0-2 with four minutes to go in Dooradoyle.

However, a goal from Pat McDonagh restored hope before Sheriff goalkeeper Lee Murphy fouled Sosuke Kimura to hand Regional a last minute penalty which Kieran O’Connell duly converted.

The Regional team that beat Sheriff to advance in the FAI Junior Cup

In extra-time, Regional striker Willie Griffin was fouled in the box and the hosts were awarded their second penalty and O’Connell rounded off a superb comeback by coolly slotting home the spot-kick and Regional held out for a 3-2 win.

O’Donoghue tried to put the drama into words when speaking to Adrian Finnin.

“It was Roy of the Rovers stuff really. We were dead and buried really as you are 2-0 down against one of the most experienced and best junior sides in the country.

“It was an amazing set of events and just proves why soccer is a magnificent game. “

Shane speaks in more detail about the comeback as well as the semi-final meeting with local rivals Aisling Annacotty below.

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