The Roscommon & District Football League Division Two Cup Final took place on Friday evening in perfect conditions in Kilkerrin as Glen Celtic squared up to a fancied Moylough ’79 side who, having already secured the Division Two Title, were aiming to secure a league & cup double. Glen Celtic came into the game on the back of a great cup run which saw them defeat both promoted sides Rahara Rovers 1-0 & Cam Celtic 3-0, respectively.
It took both sides some time to settle into the game and the first opportunity fell to Moylough on 14 minutes as powerful forward Aridas manoeuvred room for a shot in the Glen penalty area but he was blocked twice by the determined Kay Sarpong. A minute later, Aridas was sent through on goal following a slick pass from Dermot Hughes but his progress was ended by a desperate tackle from James Burke, who was fortunate to escape a caution. The resultant free kick came to nothing however.
Glen Celtic’s first attempt at goal came on 17 minutes but Simon Stachurski’s effort was well blocked by Mike Foley. When a Shane Donnellon free kick wasn’t cleared effectively, Mike Foley hooked the ball towards goal but it lacked the requisite power to trouble Seamus Comer in the Celtic goal. At the other end Cathal Hynes put in a dangerous cross but it was well defended by Shane Donnellon and the threat was cleared. Moylough continued to dominate possession and the Glenamaddy side had to deal with some dangerous crosses. James Fahy tested the keeper from just inside box and Mike Kelly just failed to get on the end of a Shane Donnellon cross. The first half ended goalless leaving all to play for in the second half
The second half was only two minutes old when Moylough left-back Shane Donnellon went on a mazy dribble when ended in his powerful shot rattling the near upright much to the relief of the Glen supporters. Minutes later, substitute Adam Connolly made an immediate impact as he skipped past two challenges on the left before crossing invitingly for Aridas but Glen keeper, Seamus Comer was down smartly to get to the ball first.
In the 65th minute a Gerrard Donoghue cross broke to James Fahy who shot over the Glen Celtic crossbar and moments later another cross from Dean Donnellon would not drop quickly enough for Aridas to shoot and Sean Gallagher cleared. Moylough continued to press and when a Mike Kelly cross fell to James Fahy his shot was excellently saved by the ever alert Seamus Comer.
The introduction of PJ Shanks & Micheal Geraghty gave Glen Celtic a new lease of life up front and the two combined well with ten minutes remaining but Micheal Geraghty’s shot was half-blocked by Paul Donnellon leaving a routine save for Sean Kelly in the Moylough goal. Mike Kelly shot over with his left foot and when a Shane Donnellon free kick grazed the top of the crossbar in the last minute, extra time beckoned.
Both teams tired in extra time with chances few and far between. A long throw into the Glen Celtic penalty area was eventually cleared by Kay Sparong and the same player was called into action in the last minute of the first period when he fouled Adam Connolly as he bore down on goal. A yellow card was brandished but the Moylough free came to nothing and the stalemate continued. With just 5 minutes to go Aridas got to the bye-line but he couldn’t find a team-mate with his cutback and Kay Sparong cleared yet again. With penalties looming, Moylough attacked once more and this time Aridas centred low from the right and Adam Connolly finished calmly to the Glen net from close range giving the goalkeeper no chance, sending the Moylough support into raptures.
With just two minutes remaining, Glen Celtic threw everything forward and despite being reduced to nine players, Moylough defended resolutely. Glen Celtic’s last chance came by way of a corner but the towering Sean Kelly came to claim the cross and Moylough had done enough to secure their second trophy of the season.
RDFL Fixtures Secretary, Conor Fahy, paid tribute to both teams and the match officials on an excellent game. He commiserated with Glen Celtic & congratulated Moylough ’79 before presenting the trophy to victorious captain Mike Kelly.
It was hard luck on Pat McHugh, Gerry Davis, Michael Comer and a Glen Celtic team that battled gamely throughout. If they can bring this season’s cup form into the league next season then they will surely be contenders for promotion. But this has been Moylough ‘79’s season as they claimed the Division Two League & Cup double. Well done to Tomás Clancy and his team on their terrific season and they can look forward optimistically to playing in Division One next season.
Glen Celtic: Seamus Comer, Adrian Divilly, Sean Gallagher, Kay Sparong, James Burke, Michael Heneghan, Aaron Hynes (c), Stephen Fox, Simon Stachurski, Ciaran Trautt, Cathal Hynes, Paul Dolan, Jason Connelly, Micheal Geraghty, PJ Shanks, Owen Newman.