Rathmullan Celtic staged a dramatic comeback to snatch the Brian McCormick Donegal Junior League Cup from Glenea United.
Rathmullan Celtic 2
Glenea United 1
A 90th minute winner from Eoin Sheridan sealed a hard earned victory for the Rathmullan men who trailed at half-time after a stunning Michael McClafferty strike on the 38th minute.
The first half was a well-balanced affair with both sides creating chances.
A Darragh Patton free kick was the first real opportunity in the fifth minute. His Rathmullan team mate Oisin McMenamin had a good shot on target bounce off the back of team mate Shea Coyle soon after.
Glenea’s Sean McBride forced ‘keeper Denis Sheridan into action and his save rebounded to the feet of Ryan McFadden whose neat chip was headed off the line.
Rathmullan’s Paddy Sheridan, the younger of the two bothers taking part, brought a brilliant full stretch save from Cathal Gallagher after he turned Paidi McGee and fired in a well-placed curling effort.
A short time later the deadlock was broken by Glenea’s Michael McClafferty, who had been quiet up to the 38th minute. He found himself in space just outside the box. From what seemed like having nothing open to him he turned and fired home a perfect long range drive that rattled the top right hand corner. There was no further addition to the scorelin but Rathmullan would re-emerge in the second half with a new determination.
This saw them dominate much of the second half from the kick-off. They kept the Glenea men pinned in their own half for long periods but their defence soaked up the pressure with fine performances from Paul Sweeney, Kieran McFadden and Barry McGinley. Goalscorer McClafferty spent much longer on the ball and helped hold play up when they got out of their own half.
But the pressure continued and Oisin McMenamin made sure he made the most of his through ball. His low, driving shot in the 80th minute put them back on level terms as the intensity of the game went up a notch.
As it looked like extra time might be on the cards a fine passage of play in the last minute of normal time saw Shea Coyle move it to Eamonn Sheridan whose pinpoint pass across the box found Eoin Sheridan to his right. He fired off a sweet strike that Gallagher couldn’t reach and he sealed a famous victory and there was great scenes of joy as captain Darragh Patton hoisted the cup alongside outgoing manager, a delighted Mark Curran.
Glenea United: Cathal Gallagher, Barry McGinley, Kevin McFadden, Paul Sweeney, Paidi McGee, Sean Coll, Donal Coll, Sean McBride, Michael McClafferty, Ryan McFadden, Michael Barry (Shane Ferry 78).
Rathmullan Celtic: Denis Sheridan, David Miller, Paddy Sheridan, Patrick Patton, Shea Coyle, Seamus McLaughlin (David Edwards 53), Paddy Sheridan (Brian Connolly 78), Eoin Sheridan, Eamonn Sheridan, Oisin McMenamin. Darragh Patton.