? & ? Finbarr Buckley

?ย Marlboro Trust who defeated OBS 5-1 in their opening Sports Gear Direct Group B tie at Ballea Park, Carrigaline last Friday night

Sports Gear Direct Shield โ€“ Group B

OBS 1 – 5 Marlboro Trust

Twice winners Trust, who havenโ€™t fared well in the competition in recent seasons, got off to the best possible start when a combination of new and old personnel dismantled OBS 5-1 at Ballea Pk. last Friday night, writes Finbarr Buckley.

Kevin Oโ€™Sullivan banged in four along with another from Daniel del Blanco for the visitors who led three-nil at half-time. Arainn McGrath pulled one back at four-nil but it only proved to be a consolation as Trustโ€™s dominance up front was rewarded with a fifth late on.

Abtran 6 – 2ย  SCS Crookstown Utd.

Abtran notched up another impressive win, this time over Crookstown United, who have yet to find their feet after two losses. Goals from Eoghan Oโ€™Sullivan (2) and Dale Dalton propelled the home team ย into a three-nil half-time lead only for the visitors to come storming back with goals inside the opening ten minutes of the second 45 ย from debutant scorers Aidan Deasy and Eoin Drummy who followed up David Oโ€™Halloranโ€™s shot which rebounded off the keeper. Former ALPHA SรผD league and cup winner Chris Coughlan restored the hostโ€™s two goal advantage with a trade mark long range strike leaving Dalton and another ALPHA SรผD favourite Aidan Fogarty to complete the scoring with a fine header.

Sports Gear Direct Shield โ€“ Group A

Dell EMC 4ย  – 2 Cork Hospitals

Dell EMC got back to winning ways to keep in contention by winning their second home match of the season. Mark Foley opened the scoring inside the opening five minutes before Brendan Daly fired in a potential goal of the season candidate with a flick over the head and a cracking finish from out on the touch line. JP Serres set up James Walsh for a third on thirty-five minutes with Ken Oโ€™Connor adding a fourth after fine approach play by Mick Donegan. Goals from Paul Moynihan and Dave Synnott kept the Hospitals in touch but despite the efforts of Joe Loftus and Chris Fitzgerald to reduce the arrears further, the two Healyโ€™s, Gavin and Andy made sure the points never left EMC Pk.

Martin Harvey Solicitors 0 – 3ย  Planet Entertainment (Cork)

Unbeaten Planet made it three wins out of three courtesy of goals from Robson Mugabe, Joe Cullagh and Emmet Kennedy. After a slow start, the visitors got into their stride to win in style, the victory cemented by outstanding performances from Kelvin Owens, Damien Oโ€™Sullivan and Eoghan Ryan.

Sports Gear Direct Shield โ€“ Group C

Healy Oโ€™Connor Solicitors 3 – 1 Pepsico

Shane Healy came up with a second-half brace either side of Bryan Caseyโ€™s second to add to the screamer he scored against CPL the week before. Captain Darren Roache in the centre along with Brian and Niall Murphy were excellent at the back for Healyโ€™s with Gary Cronin and penalty scorer Adam Kenneally the pick for Pepsico.

Janssen 4 – 1 CPL

Janssen were good value for their mid-week win over a weakened CPL at Moneygourney. After CPLโ€™s Gerard Quigley cancelled out an own goal lead for Janssen, Eoghan Markeyโ€™s penalty restored the hostโ€™s lead with Markey going on to complete his hat-trick with two further second-half goals. James Oโ€™Sullivan, Paddy Markey and Eoin Moynihan shone for the debutants.

Sports Gear Direct Shield โ€“ Group Dย 

UCC Utd. 8 – 1ย  Co. Council

UCC ran out comfortable winners despite a game Council remaining competitive to the end. After United eased to a three-nil lead inside fifteen minutes, Council went close with a ball taken off the line. A Fergus Oโ€™Connor penalty brought the score back to 3-1 but a second from Ali Ahmidat restored the hostโ€™s three goal lead at the break. Again, the visitors held their own in an evenly contested second 45 before Ahmidat completed his hat-trick with twenty minutes remaining. Three further goals sealed the win which flattered UCC but manager Stephen Moynihan can be well pleased with the scoring contributions of Ahmidat (3), Mo El Shouky (2), Vadym Horobets, Mick Hanley and Joao Matos.

Satellite Taxis 7 – 0 The Weigh Inn Dripsey

Satellite exposed the gulf between an established title-challenging team and a new outfit by registering four different goal scorers in the course of the ninety. Last seasonโ€™s premier division top marksman Shane Hennessy was among the goals along with Aaron West, Paul Byrne and Red Geaney. Dave Oโ€™Driscoll, Finbarr Oโ€™Callaghan and Killian Kelleher caught the eye for The Weigh Inn.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS : Next weekend, forty years ago, twelve shield matches took place, the highlights of which were Byrnes 6-1 win over OLH at St. Anneโ€™s Pk., Tom Virgo and Michael Feehan both scoring twice. Postal Workers were in fine form, taking all three points off Fords โ€˜Aโ€™ from their visit to the Showgrounds were John Reid (2) and Derry Hartnett netted for the winners. Jim Cummins, Dave Higgins and Dom Heffernan scored Roches Storesโ€™ three second-half goals against Garda at Rangers Pk. while at nearby Southern Pk. True Temper hit Examiner United for nine, Jerry Murphy, Alfie Davis, Paul Oโ€™Connor, Tim Kelly and Timmy Tabbs all finding the net for the Whiteโ€™s Cross outfit. CIE Athletic edged a best of three-goal contest against Pfizers Utd.at Blackpool Pk.ย  Noel Kent and Hughie Barriscale scored for Athletic with Unitedโ€™s contribution coming from Mr. Football himself, Tony Hennessy.