Castleblayney survive stern test to win cup final Gerry’s Prepared
Gerry’s Prepared Veg. Under 13 Division
5 Football League Cup Final
Castleblayney 3-9 Donaghmoyne 4-5
Castleblayney survived a late scare to be crowned under 13 division 5 champions against a rejuvenated Donaghmoyne played in almost perfect conditions in Blackhill on Friday evening. The ‘Faughs’ appeared to be in control for the majority of the game but Donaghmoyne showed resilience and hard work in abundance to always stay within reach. This was an extra special result for Castleblayney as some of their players including Canice Murphy and Tom Carey added this football title to their recent hurling final victory.
The town outfit started the contest with great purpose and were 9 points up after 10 minutes of action. The star performer for Castleblayney particularly in this period was corner forward Max Mc Ginnity who scored some thrilling goals and points from various angles.Indeed Donaghmoyne struggled to minimize the threat posed by Mc Ginnity and the quality of ball he was afforded. However, despite their poor start the ‘Fontenoys’ did manage to impose greater authority around the middle sector and by the 16th minute they were back in contention with goals from their midfielder Brian Duffy and corner forward Fiachra O’ Roideoin. Despite ‘Blayney’ adding a third goal somewhat against the run of play, there was an acute sense that Donaghmoyne were still in the match although trailing by 6 points at half-time.
The large crowd who were given an exhibition in the first half of score taking were treated to a more mundane affair in the second half.
Both teams found it difficult to create clear scoring opportunities and it took 10 minutes for any team to register a flag but it was a crucial one for Donaghmoyne a goal from their captain Jude Duffy followed by a point from substitute Charlie Ruddy. Castleblayney needed a response and it was the highly economical Mc Ginnity who curled over a spectacular point and a Canice Murphy free. But Donaghmoyne were not finished and they scored a late goal from Shane Boylan to leave a tense finish to the game. But, the green and gold of Castleblayney survived the late blitz to conquer the cup title by the slenderest of margins.
Team and Scorers
Castleblayney: D. Kelly joint capt; C. Conlon, T. Carey, B. Sherry; D. Mallie joint capt, C. Murphy 1[f], T. Olajeide; D. Kerr, S. Miller [1-0]; M. Mc Ginnity 2-6 2[f], 1 , B. Mc Donnell [0-2].
Subs used: C. Hughes.
Donaghmoyne: D. Martin; E. Cumiskey, S. Mc Loughlin [0-1], D. Finnegan; D. Mc Caughey, D. Mc Kevitt joint capt, F. Mullholland; J Duffy joint capt [1-1], B. Duffy [1-2]; N. Keenan, F. O’ Roideoin [1-0].
Subs used: C. Ruddy [0-1], M. Meegan, S. Boylan [1-0].
Referee: P. Duffy