Dunkineely Celtic held another very successful Seamus Mc Callig Cup competition at Darney Park over the past two weeks, culminating in the final last weekend.
Games this year had a more competitive edge and close finishes and penalty shootouts the order of the day.
In the first round Eany Celtic defeated Copany Rovers with two late goals on a scoreline of four goals to two.
A very youthful St Catherine’s overcame hosts Dunkineely Celtic by two goals to nil.
Letterbarrow Celtic overcame St. Catherine’s Reserves in a penalty shootout after a three all draw. Donegal Town defeated Erne Wanderers by three goals to two in a very tight battle on a wet and windy Friday night.
The semi-final pairing saw St Catherine’s play Eany Celtic with the Saints winning by four goals to two. The second semi-final paired Letterbarrow Celtic and Donegal Town. Letterbarrow battled hard and two late goals saw them come out winners by three goals to two.
The final on Friday 10th August was a very close affair. St Catherine’s and Letterbarrow Celtic cancelled each other out for long periods with very few clear chances being created.
St Catherine’s took the lead after seventy minutes through super sub Fred Smith. Letterbarrow kept battling away and equalised in the final minute following a corner.
With the teams level after 90 minutes it was straight to a penalty shootout.
Letterbarrow missed their first giving the advantage to St Catherine’s and they kept their nerve to win 5 - 4 in the shootout.
The cup was presented by Aine Mc Callig, niece of Seamus to the winning captain
Thanks to Mc Intyre’s Bar, Mac’s Bar and Gerry Blaine Fish Sales for their sponsorship. Thanks also to those who helped in any way.
Referee for the tournament was John Mc Glanaghy with assistants Liam Farren and Seamus Mc Groary at the final.