SuperValue retained their Drumbar Inter Firms title in dramatic fashion in the finals on Friday night.
Donegal H&P 2
It took a late, late goal to decide the Cup in a thrilling encounter between themselves and Donegal Heating and Plumbing.
The winning goal from Conor McGowan was a cruel blow to H&P who had battled back from a two deficit, but credit to them, they contributed to a really good final.
James McGroary and Barry Rose were the outstanding players for the winners with the two combining early on for McGroary to open the scoring for SuperValu.
The two also combined when Rose put the winners two ahead, but efore half time Conor McDevitt pulled a goal back as they reached the half-way mark with SuperValu 2-1 ahead. The winners had JP Doran sinbinned towards the end of the half.
Donegal Heating and Plumbing had a good start to the second half with and Caolan Loughney levelled matters with a magnificent strike from 30 yards.
Conor Burke was just over and Barry Rose worked the ‘keeper at the other end. With tensions rising and the SuperValu manager banished from the sideline, extra-time looked odds on before McGowan hit the winner.
While McGroary and Rose were outstanding for the winers Dillon Ward and Caolan Loughney were equally impressive for the losers.
SuperValu: James McDaid, Conor McGowan, JP Doran, James McGraory, Chris Barrett, Daniel McCauley, Barry Rose, Francis Bonner, Ronan Boyle, Stephen Pearson.
Donegal H & P: Shane Patton, Sean Fagan, Conor Burke, Danny McNulty, Kevin McNulty, Darren Doherty, Dillon Ward, Caolan Loughney, Shane Brown.
4Lanterns too strong in Shield final
The Forge 3
4 Lanterns were very comfortable winners of the Shield final, turning over at half-time 6-1 ahead.
That scoreline, however, did not do justice to The Forge, who battled really bravely with William Timoney denied a number of times by the woodwork.
From early on, though, it was clear that 4Lanterns had the forward power with Enda McGowan opening their account before player of the match Gerard Murphy struck for the first of his hat-trick. Their other first half goals came from a Dara Doogan brace. Conor Quinn netted the lone Forge opening half goal.
In the second half The Forge were much more competitive and although Doogan made it 7-1 early in the half, Danny Hughes and Conal Sweeney had Forge goals to put a better look on the final scoreline.
William Timoney was again denied by the woodwork while Forge’s best player, Ray Balogun, won a penalty but then saw his spot kick saved.
4Lanterns: Dario Williams, Gerry Hartge, Lee Grimes, Enda McGowan, Dara Doogan, Sean Condron, Gerard Murphy, Chris Lowther, Carl McHugh.
The Forge: Paul Sweeney, Brian Willis, Christopher McGettigan, Paul Willis, William Timoney, Aaron Coyle, Ray Balogun, Conal Sweeney, Conor Quinn, Danny Hughes.
Referee: Seamus McGroary