Dermot Hughes Cars U-21 Division Two FC Final - Elphin 3-7 Oran 1-10
A goal from Elphin attacker Austin Kielty in the 56th minute proved decisive as Elphin edged past Oran in this highly competitive and well-contested Division Two U-21 final played at Kiltoom last Sunday. Oran were the pre-match favourites, but Elphin, who had to play almost 40 minutes with 14 men after they had John King sent off in the first half, played some superb football to snatch the title at the death.
Goals from Michael Gunning (incredibly Oran’s only scorer), and Adrian Murray saw the sides go in level at half-time at 1-3 apiece. John King had been sent off for an off the ball incident in the 21st minute by referee Marty Parker.
Adrian Murray scored a second goal on the restart but Gunning’s superb accuracy from frees ensured that Oran were always in contention. The sides traded points three times as the excitement rose and a draw looked a likely outcome until Austin Kielty struck with a thunderbolt from 20 metres to give his side the title four minutes from time.
Shane Killoran, Austin Kielty and Adrian Murray were outstanding for the winners while Cathal Kenny and a stunning performance from Michael Gunning were the stars for luckless Oran on the day.
Elphin: C Lenehan; D Lee, C Sweeney, G Higgins; L Mollahan, C Brady, J King; D Beirne, S Killoran (0-1); N Lenehan, A Kielty (1-1), C Beirne; J Beirne, A Murray (2-1), C Fox (0-4). Sub: D Shanagher for C Beirne.
Oran: P Bandon; S Casey, J Casey, L Cuddy; E Concar, C Kenny, J Gunning; J Regan, G Keenan; R Earley, J Earley, K Whyte; D Keane, M Gunning (1-10), C Casey. Sub: J McNamara for J Earley.
Referee: Marty Parker.
Ciarán’s too slick for Glavey’s
Dermot Hughes Cars U-21 Division Three FC Final - St. Ciarán’s 1-15 Michael Glavey’s 0-6
A slick St. Ciarán’s side were too strong for a gallant Glavey’s in this Division Three U-21 final played at Mulhern Park in Fuerty last Sunday. Ciaran’s scored a first half goal through Enda Conneran, and by half-time they led 1-5 to 0-3.
Christy Leahy, Enda Conneran and sub Darragh Mullen were especially prominent for Ciarán’s as they pulled away in a one sided second half. Cian Ruane, Conor Hussey and Luke McDermott did well for Glavey’s who were outclassed on the day.
Best for the winners were Aengus Lyons, Shane Dowd, Philip Neilan, Dylan Keaveney and Christy Leahy.
St. Ciarán’s: D Keaveney; P Neilan (0-1), W Boyle; J Brennan (0-1), B Mullen, A Whyte; A Lyons (0-1), S Dowd (0-4); T Clayton, M Browne, C Leahy (0-3); K Gavin (0-1), C Leahy (0-3). Subs: D Mullen (0-3) for Browne, O Lyons for Clayton, C Gore for Boyle, M Ward for Whyte, J Neilan for Leahy.
Michael Glavey’s: R Mannion; N Morris (0-1), J Brennan; D Frayne, C Ruane, L Coll; C Hussey, M Nevin; L McDermott, S Burke (0-2), A Morris; T Murphy, R Murphy (0-2). Subs: L Cregg (0-1) for Brennan, D Fagan for Nevin, G Browne for A Morris, E Coyne for Coll, M Nevin for R Murphy.
Referee: T Bruen.
Kilmore/Shannon side win battle of Gaels
Dermot Hughes Cars U-20 Division Two FC Final - Kilmore/Shannon Gaels 1-13 Western Gaels 0-8
A 12-minute period at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, during which the amalgamated side kicked nine points without reply, was the key to this entertaining U-20 final played at Ballyfarnon last Sunday.
Western Gaels were the better team for most of the opening half. The impressive Matthew Burke scored a goal for the winners, which put them in control but it was only briefly. However four points in a row before half time left Kilmore/Shannon Gaels ahead by 1-5 to 0-6 at half-time.
John Gannon and Matthew Burke were prominent as Kilmore/Shannon Gaels continued to dominate on the restart and by the 38th minute they led 1-10 to 0-6 and it proved a decisive lead. The sides shared only four points in the final twenty minutes of play.
Best for the winners were John Gannon, Matthew Burke, John Donohoe and Shane McDonnell. Meanwhile Conor Casserly, Niall Higgins, Sean Conry and Aidan Dowd were most prominent for Western Gaels.
Kilmore/Shannon Gaels: D Cox; M Mulvey, C Burke, F Doyle; S McDonnell, D Marron (0-1) B Connellan; M Burke (1-3), J Gannon (0-5); O Viluckus, C Harman, B Donohoe; C Earley (0-2), M McDermott (0-1), J Donohoe (0-1). Subs: D O’Dowd for Connellan, P Doyle for B Donohoe, D Beirne for Viluckus, G Dolan for Harman.
Western Gaels: C Sampey; L Mahon, B Morahan, J Devine; T Devine, S Conry (0-1) C Dowd; A Dowd (0-1), J Duffy; C Kelly, N Higgins (0-2), C Casserly (0-2); J Higgins (0-1), S Carroll, D Kennedy (0-1). Subs: D Cafferky for Carroll, J Brady for T Devine.
Referee: Seamus Regan.