The oldest football competition in Ireland, the FAI Senior Cup is the Blue Riband event for clubs in Ireland. Clubs from the SSE Airtricity League compete with junior and intermediate clubs in a competition that dates back to 1922.
The current holders of the competition are Dundalk, who defeated Cork City 2-1in the 2018 Final, courtesy of a Patrick McEleney goal.
Despite their lower division standing, it was the home side who dominated for most of the game, yet manager Wayne Kelly will have been frustrated with his teams failure to capitalise on their possession and create scoring opportunities.
Jason Hegarty had Glenville's best chance of the opening half, firing over from a tight angle after some good link-up play between Graham Fitzpatrick and Ciarán McDonnell.
The emphatic nature of the Mochta’s triumph was quite remarkable, as they had found themselves staring into a two-goal deficit just 25 minutes into the action. Paul Werder took advantage of some hesitancy in the home team’s defence to break the deadlock on seven minutes, and after the ball bounced awkwardly inside the Mochta’s box, centre-forward Gavin Doyle headed beyond the reach of a stranded Warren Fee to double Arklow’s advantage.
Munster Senior League First Division outfit Casement Celtic made the trip north with just 13 players and short a number of regulars, and their cause wasn’t helped by the dismissal of centre half Danny Ahearn for a second booking on 63 minutes.
The hosts had dominated proceedings up to that point with defender William O’Connor coming closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a header off the crossbar and a shot cleared off the line.
It was the second time in a week that the Tipperary side suffered FAI Cup heartbreak having gone down to Sheriff in last week’s FAI Umbro Junior Cup semi-final.
They can have no complaints here, as Cobh were the better side throughout, but they had to wait until the 89th minute to get the insurance goal, a Davin O’Neill effort from close range after Conor Meade had put the home side in front after 51 minutes.
O’Neill’s strike was most welcome, though, as Clonmel enjoyed their best spell of the game in the final 10 minutes as they probed for an equaliser.
Moorhouse, capitalising on Chris Madden’s uncharacteristic defensive indecision in the six-yard box, pounced to power a shot into the roof of the net on 70 minutes to score the would-be tie-clincher for the FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup finalists.
Moorhouse had been the most threatening attacker in the encounter and finished in ruthless fashion to propel United to victory.
Martin Loughran’s outfit were shorn of six first-teamers for the trip to Leeside but Crumlin were still the slicker of the protagonists.
Roy Long’s ninth minute penalty proved the difference between the Cork rivals as Dave O’Keeffe’s men continued their good run of form in the competition that saw them reach the quarter-final stage last season.
St. Mary’s made a strong start but fell behind when Gary Aherne fouled the impressive Gary Comerford just inside the box.
Long fired his spot kick into the bottom left corner to give Avondale the lead and St. Mary’s went down to ten men on 48 minutes when Aidan O’Callaghan was sent off for bringing down Comerford as the midfielder raced clear on goal.
The first round draw for the 2015 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup was made this evening in Abbotstown by FAI President Tony Fitzgerald and St Patrick's Athletic goal keeper, Brendan Clarke.
Representatives from the 20 intermediate and junior clubs in the draw were present, including the four semi-finalists from this year's FAI Junior Cup with Umbro and Aviva and the last 16 clubs from this year's FAI Umbro Intermediate Cup.
The deal, which will run until the end of the 2017 season, will see the prestigious FAI Cup rebranded as the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.
The 2015 competition will commence with the First Round on the weekend of April 26 with the SSE Airtricity League clubs entering the competition in the Second Round on the weekend of May 31. The 2015 final is scheduled for Sunday, November 8 and will be the sixth time the game has been played at its new home in the Aviva Stadium.
Before a crowd of 17,038 at the Aviva Stadium, St. Pat’s were the better side throughout as they deservedly won the Blue Riband in their eighth final since last doing so in 1961.
St. Pat’s victory was also good news for Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers as it means their fourth-place league finish gives the Tallaght side a Europa League spot.
Reflecting a corner count of four to nil, St. Pat's dominated possession in what was generally a poor spectacle of a first half.