In a game that was always close, one goal was enough for Glenea Utd. Reserves to take the Downtown Cup on Saturday.
Castlefin Celtic Res 0
Glenea United Res 1
From the very first few minutes of play this match had all the hallmarks of going to penalty kicks.
Indeed this was the opinion of most of the half time tea drinkers as they gathered in the clubhouse at Diamond Park, Ballyare to oil their vocal cords in anticipation of the second half of the final.
Both sides found it difficult to settle and the heavy underfoot conditions didn’t exactly help. On 24 minutes Barry Tourish had a free cleared for a corner which Ciaran Gallagher dealth with and he had to be at his best later when Neilis tried to chip the keeper.
Glenea started the second half on top and Mc Menamin made a great save to deny the Glasserchoo men an opening goal.
Glenea made the breakthrough after 87 minutes, somewhat against the run of play at that time. Eugene Maguire pumped a speculative ball over the Castlefin defence and the quick thinking Shane Ferry raced away from the Castlefin defence to get to the ball first. With the defenders closing in Ferry shot low and hard past Mc Menamin who was unlucky to slip as the ball almost in slow motion made it’s way through a goalmouth puddle and across the line.
Prior to this Castlefin had the best chance of the game when Barry Tourish sent an inviting ball across the Glenea penalty area and with Gallagher rooted to his goal-line neither of the inrushing Castlefin forwards could connect with the ball as it flew past the back post uninterrupted.
So the season ended with silverware making the journey to Mc Gettigan Park where the Downtown Cup will reside for the next twelve months.
Castlefin Celtic Reserves: Simon Mc Menamin, Jason Curran, Paddy Dooher, Peter Bryson, Mark Lafferty, Paul Logue, James Mc Menamin, Keith Neilis, Barry Tourish, Brian Dooher. Subs: Ronan Tourish for Marcus Curran, Gary Mc Nulty for Jason Curran.
Glenea United Reserves: Ciaran Gallagher, Martin Ferry, Tommy Rodgers, Paudgie Mc Gee, Kevin Mc Fadden, Eugene Maguire, Shane Coll, Shane Ferry, Martin Maguire, Eamonn Mc Hugh, Michael Mc Clafferty. Subs: Shaun Sweeney for Martin Maguire, Mark Harley for Eamonn Mc Hugh.
Referee: Michael Mulhern. Assistants: Barry Hunter and Brian O’ Kane.
Old Orchard / Glencar Inn Saturday Promotion / Relegation Play-Off
Glenree United Res 2
Mulroy Celtic 1
Saturday Division One status in the Donegal Junior League crossed the Blaney Bridge from Mulroy to Glenree as the local United side defeated the local Celtic side in this end of season encounter at Diamond Park, Ballyare.
As a contest this was a fairly even encounter with little to choose between the teams. Going into the game Mulroy Celtic aimed to protect their Division One status and they took the lead through Paul Martin ten minutes into the second half. Their lead was short lived however as Karl Mc Elhinney levelled the score ten minutes later. Neither side could find a winning goal and the match went to extra time.
With the additional time almost up and the game looking as if it was going to penalties Mc Elhinney did it again, finding the net with only two minutes remaining.
In their after match summaries both managers felt that Glenree had shaded the game and it was as worthy winners that they gained promotion. Mulroy manager Shane Friel said that Glenree had a game plan and they stuck to it well before wishing them all the best next season. For his own side he confirmed that it would be an all out effort to try to bounce straight back up next season.
John Coll felt that the best team won on the day. He continued that it was a very sporting match and commended the Mulroy team for their play and effort.
He concluded by saying that every man in his side deserved the promotion for their effort throughout the season. “We were slightly disappointed now to gain automatic promotion but at least we did it today when it mattered and now we have Division One football to look forward to”. Coll fells that Mulroy have the players to come straight back up and wished them well in 2014 /’15.
Glenree United Reserves: Daryl Gibson, Cathal Mc Ginley, Max Davis, John Mc Clafferty, Darren Connor, Marty Gallagher, Ian Mc Elhinney, Kieran Cunningham, Vinny Mc Laughlin, Denis Doherty, Karl Mc Elhinney. Subs: John Rodger for Denis Doherty, Dillon Doherty for Marty Gallagher and Conor Mc Bride for Vinny Mc Laughlin.
Mulroy Celtic: Jerome Doherty, Brian Coyle, Shane Sweeney, Michael Mc Groary, Joe Kerr, Enda Coll, Eamonn Sweeney, Tony Mc Bride, Seamus Coyle, Packie Mc Elwaine, Paul Martin. Subs: Gerry Friel for Packie Mc Elwaine, Barney Mc Bride for Tony Mc Bride, Patrick Mc Elwaine for Eamonn Sweeney. Andrew Friel, Barry Carr, Paul Coyle.
Man of the Match: Brian Coyle, Mulroy Celtic.