Thursday, 23 October 2014

Celtic take the Cup

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL


Loughglynn United ...... 1 Lisnamult Celtic ............ 4


Dave Dibble

Underdogs Lisnamult Celtic won the Division Two Cup on Saturday evening, after the game went into extra time with goals from Marus, Dida and Maxwell.

Loughglynn United went into this game as league champions, looking to do a league and cup double, having beaten Ballinagare in the semi finals to book their place. Lisnamult Celtic had a good win over Laurencetown in their semi final. Celtic are also in the Division Two play-off spot and will play Cam Celtic.

The last time these two sides met was in the league and United put seven goals past Celtic. United came into the game after a very strong league campaign, which saw them only losing one league game all season.

With just a minute gone on the clock, Celtic had a great chance to open the scoring when Dida found space in the box, but saw his shot go wide. Celtic won the first corner game of the game which was cleared by Unitedís Coleman for a throw in. Then, against the run of play, United won back to back corners but the efforts bore no fruit for the Loughglynn side.

Unitedís first real chance came on 14 minutes when Collins volleyed just wide. Seven minutes later, Celtic had a goal disallowed for offside. Then came the first bookings of the game for Celticís Dida and Unitedís Dunne.

Celtic manager Danny Doyle made the first change of the game when striker Edmilison went off with a hamstring injury and Maloney was the replacement. In the closing minutes of the first half, United had two great chances to open the scoring. Dunne had a shot cleared off the line and with a minute left before half time, OíBrien also a shot cleared off the Celtic goal line.

Both sides created scoring chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but the final ball was poor from both sides. United picked up their second yellow card of the game as OíBrien was booked for a late tackle and then, on 66 minutes United also picked up a yellow card when Ward was booked.

The Celtic manager made his second change when he took off Rodriguez and put on Raffiel, who made an impact on the game. The deadlock was broken on 75 minutes when a through ball from Collins picked out OíBrien who scored the opening goal.

The game turned on its head when Unitedís Ward was given his second yellow card and was sent off. With just three minutes left on the clock, Celticís Marus raced into the box and scored to send the game into extra time.

In extra time it was all Celtic. They won a free kick for a foul on Tierney, but the kick was saved by Horan in the United goal. Celticís pressure paid off seven minutes into extra time when Dida beat Horan in the bottom right hand corner to give Celtic the lead.

Celtic started the second period of extra time well on top, and on 14 minutes Marus scored his second goal to put Celtic in the driving seat. In the last minute of extra time, Maxwell picked up the ball on the right side of the park and volleyed a shot past Horan to send the cup back to Lisnamult. The game ended on a sad note when United goalkeeper Horan pick up a bad injury and could be out the game for some time.†


Division Two Cup final†


Post match view

We live in a world full of racism, I have covered many games this season and have heard many racist remarks made in the name of football, but it was great to see the Lisnamult community and the Brazilian community come out and support one club on Saturday night. The Lisnamult community has taken some stick over the years, but it was great to see so many of the community come out on the streets to welcome the team home.

I have been involved in soccer for many years as a player and manager and was proud to be part of that night, as I have seen the ups and downs of this community-based club. Itís great to see players from two communities playing in one team. I was saddened to hear the news that Loughglynn United manager Pat McDonnell is standing down as team manager. Pat has been a leading light in soccer here in Roscommon for many years. I would like to wish Pat all the best.


Doyle Delighted

Lisnamult Celticís Danny Doyle was over the moon with his teamís display in the final and is looking forward to the play off game with Cam Celtic with a place in the First Division at stake.


Red card was harsh

Loughglynn United Manager Pat McDonnell was not happy with the standard of the referee in the game and thought the sending off was harsh.


Man of Match

This was a very hard call with so many outstanding displays from Pat Hoey, Kenny Doolan, Marus who scored two goals, and Paul Johnson when he came on as a sub and changed the game, but my vote goes to John Tierney who was outstanding at the back for Celtic.


Loughglynn United:

J Horan, D Flanagan, N Keenan, D Conway, T Coleman, C Dunne, C Collins, M OíBrien, M Ward, M Creaton. Subs: S McDonnell, R Ward, N Drane, J Flanagan, J Coleman, ED McDonnell, S Coleman.


Lisnamult Celtic:†

Eunice, K Doolan, S Mannion, P Hoey, J Tierney, Rodriguez, Marus, Maxwell, D Casey, Edmilision, Dida. Subs: D Hoare, Anderson, B Maloney, R Hoey, Everton, Roberto, P Johnson, S OíConnor, Raffiel.