Despite the poor conditions in recent days the ashgrove pitch was in immaculate condition and served up a cup cracker this afternoon.
The familiarity between both sides was always going to make for interesting viewing and players and supporters alike were treated to a riproaring battle as soon as the first whistle blew.
The early exchanges were evenly contested all over the pitch and a few early chances went astray on our part .
Ferrybank opened the scoring on 15 mins when a poorly cleared corner was floated back over our defence to the in rushing ferrybank striker who made no mistake with his oppourtunity.
In fairness to the lads they responded brilliantly to the set back and forced the ferrybank defence into conceding numerous corners and free kicks.
The equaliser arrived from a superbly struck corner by Evan Cleary and when it landed in the box Dan Ronayne held off a few defenders to rise highest and nod home.
Ferrybank responded immediately and had us on the back foot with quick counter attacks and got their second when a move up the left saw the ball swept brilliantly across the box and dispatched to the corner despite Darragh getting a hand on it.
1-2 at half time.
A couple of changes at half time gave us renewed energy and we took the game to the opposition for long periods of the half.
A few corners and free kicks into the box went agonisingly close to finding the net but unfortunately this pressure failed to yield a goal.
A good tough cup game where the opposition were just that little bit better over the 90 mins.
Fantastic effort by all involved again today .