MILFORD UNITED got the silverware their eventful season deserved after defeating Clonmany Shamrocks sealed the Ulster Junior Cup at Maginn Park on Sunday.
Milford United 3
Clonmany Shamrocks 0
The win was overshadowed by a serious ankle injury sustained by the captain of the Moyle View Park outfit, Damien Casey, but the midfielder was all smiles later that evening when player-manager Peter Doherty called into Letterkenny General Hospital with the cup.
Casey went down on eight minutes and play was stopped for some 47 minutes as he was treated and eventually taken in an ambulance to Letterkenny. But even without their skipper, Milford showed great desire, in a match in which they were outsiders, to win comfortably.
PJ Hagan scored twice before Karol Duggan sealed the win for the well-supported Milford team, who took a travelling support of over 100 to Inishowen. Their season has seen them reach the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup, finish in third place in the Donegal League Premier Division and their reward for toppling Cockhill Celtic in the Knockalla Caravans Cup is a last eight tie with Fanad United on Thursday.
Twenty-seven minutes in, Milford hit the front when a free-kick from David Curley was headed back into the danger area and Hagan smashed home through a swarm of players. The lead was kept intact until the interval when Ian Strain in the Milford goal saved magnificently from Jason Doherty.
With 15 minutes left to play Doogan grabbed a second when he slotted from a centre from Hagan, past Peter Devlin in the Clonmany goal. Late in the day, substitute Owen Ferry crossed for Hagan to head a third and Milford’s Paddy Peoples collected the cup, dedicating it to Casey.
Milford United: Ian Strain; Brian Peoples, Paul Shields, Paddy Peoples, David Curley; Pauric Curley, Karol Duggan, Damien Casey, Ciaran McGinley, Joey Cullen; PJ Hagan.
Clonmany Shamrocks: Peter Devlin; Mark McLaughlin, Liam Hirrell, Michael Grant, Philip Devlin; Raymond McDaid, Steven Harkin, Conor Bradley, Jason Devlin; Brendan Devlin, Jason Doherty.