Treaty United safely made it through to the last 16 of the FAI Cup after a convincing 5-0 victory over Usher Celtic at the Markets Field on Friday night. Treaty took a 1-0 lead into half-time through a Sean Guerins header and four second half goals from Dean George (x2), Enda Curran and a piledriver from Success Edogun ensured that Treaty were in the hat for the next round.
The home side made a dream start as Sean Guerins powerfully headed home his second goal of the season from Marc Ludden’s inswinging corner following some slack marking by Usher in the penalty area. Willie Armshaw was in the thick of the action in a five minute period as his cross was controlled by Dean George in the penalty area but his shot was saved by Lynam. Armshaw skipped past the challenge of Graham Curran on the left before forcing a save from Lynam from a tight angle.
If Treaty thought they would have it all their own way at this point , they were proven wrong as Usher Celtic showed an abundance of technical ability with the likes of Josh McMahon, Gareth Kilkenny and Adam McMahon at the forefront.
After more nice build up from the Leinster Senior League outfit, they had a huge chance to equalise as Kilkenny was played through but Conor Winn reacted quickly to save and the striker missed the rebound under pressure from Sean Guerins, although he did look offisde from the onset of the attack.
On the half hour mark, Conor Melody got his first chance to isolate veteran centre-back Robbie Martin who would be well known for his time with the likes of UCD, Longford and Dundalk in the League of Ireland as a striker. Martin did well to shield his back four in the early stages but on this occasion Melody’s change of pace allowed him to drive goalwards but his tame effort was saved.
Despite the Dublin outfit playing a feature of nice triangles and impressing on the ball, it was Treaty who were creating more clear cut chances. Armshaw’s dipping shot travelled just over the crossbar from the edge of the area as half-time neared.
Usher’s lively winger Adam McMahon made a run down the byline before crossing and forcing a rushed clearance from Guerins which landed at the feet of Kilkenny who blazed over. Right-back Curran was next to try his luck from range but he suffered the same result.
Just three minutes into the second half, Treaty extended their lead when Ludden’s low cross was expertly controlled by George who neatly converted past the onrushing Lynam. The concession of the second goal appeared to knock Usher’s confidence and Coustrain had an effort which went just wide as the home side asserted their dominance in the opening stages of the second period.
On the hour mark, Tommy Barrett’s side put the game beyond doubt when Marc Ludden’s header at the back post was headed goalwards by Melody who was denied by Lynam but George was on hand to tap home and score his second goal of the game. Winn was reduced to a spectator for the majority of the second half but he was called into action to make a big save from Calvin Douglas low free-kick.
With 20 minutes remaining, Treaty were awarded a penalty when Martin fouled Coustrain and substitute Enda Curran sent Lynam the wrong way to convert the spot-kick. The raft of substitutions disrupted the flow of the game although Lynam produced the save of the game to deny Melody with a header from point blank range. Substitute Success Edogun produced a moment of magic to score from 25 yards out with the last kick of the game to the delight of the home support.
Treaty will now eagerly await the draw for the next round of the competition as it is the first time the senior men’s team have reached the third round of the FAI Cup. Treaty will face Waterford FC in the Airtricity League at the Markets Field next Friday night.
Treaty United: Conor Winn, Ben O’Riordan, Sean Guerins (Darren Collins 71), Callum McNamara, Marc Ludden, Lee Devitt (Leon Kirrane 71), Joe Collins (Colin Conroy 62), Conor Melody, Dean George (Enda Curran 62), Willie Armshaw (Success Edogun 62), Joel Coustrain
Usher Celtic: Karl Lynam, Graham Curran, Robbie Martin, Paul Keane (Luke Darcy 76), Leroy Stanton, Josh McMahon (Adam O’Keefe 71), Calvin Douglas, Adam McMahon (Anthony Grouse 71), Wayne Walker, Gareth Kilkenny (Sean Martin 65), Gary Gannon