? Finbarr Buckley
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Semi-Finals
Abtran 2 – 3 Satellite Taxis
HOLDERS Satellite Taxis and last season’s beaten finalists Doolan’s Cow will contest this season’s 63rd shield final following last Sunday’s semi-finals at Mayfield Community School, writes Finbarr Buckley. The two rivals become only the second teams to meet in three finals in-a-row since Postal Workers and Our Lady’s Hospital United locked horn in their trilogy of 1982, ’83 and ’84. Satellite and first division joint leaders Abtran were first into the fray in the morning kick-off and after a pulsating ninety minutes, Satellite, who came from two down with twenty minutes remaining, survived to remain on course for a third triumph in-a-row, the first since Postal Workers achieved the feat back in the mid-eighties. Abtran were well worth their two-nil lead after Eoghan O’Sullivan and Donal Kenneally netted, but lapses in concentration at the back allowed Breff McCarthy and Aaron West to level. West broke Abtran’s brave challenge with the winner in the final ten minutes to seal Satellite’s eight trips to Turner’s Cross in the club’s seven-year existence.
Doolan’s Cow 6 – 1 Janssen
Doolan’s eased into their fourth final in-a-row, and third against Satellite, following last Sunday afternoon’s win over first division opponents Janssen. James Cotter sent Ian McCarthy in for the opener in the 10th minute with Jamie Murphy going on to put Doolan’s two-up with ten minutes left in the first half with a fine strike which the keeper got a hand to. Eoghan Markey fired into the top corner within five minutes of the second 45 to half the deficit but the hosts moved up a gear to tag on further goals from Roy McCarthy, ( 2, one pen.), James Cotter and Tony O’Reilly. Sean O’Sullivan and the two McCarthy, Stephen and Keith, impressed for the winners with Pat Falvey and Cormac Dervin the pick of Janssen’s performers. The gallant visitor’s cause wasn’t helped by the unavailability of key players but Janssen can be well pleased with their performance against the in-form hosts having only capitulated late on when concentration and legs tired.
Mooney Cup – First Round
Planet Entertainment (Cork) 2 – 1 OBS
First division Planet Entertainment had a surprise in store for premier opponents OBS when the teams met in the opening round of this season’s Mooney Cup competition at Murphy’s Farm last Saturday afternoon. Following a scoreless first half, the tie burst into life either side of the hour mark when, first, Planet’s Pearce O’Keeffe coolly slotted through the keeper’s legs from a James Morrissey flick-on and two minutes later Joe Cullagh added a second when put through one-on-one with the keeper. Anthony O’Reilly reduced the deficit for OBS with a tap- in injury time but the hosts held out to progress to meet Cork Hospitals in round two. Stephen Crowley, Gary McCarthy and Lee Cooney were outstanding for the winners.
Sports Gear Direct First Division
VoxPro 1 – 0 The Weigh Inn Dripsey
Reece Hogan popped up with the all-important winner for VoxPro midway through the second half, the three points helping to keep the hosts neatly tucked behind the leaders, just four points adrift with eleven matches still to be contested. The visitors went into the encounter without a couple of regulars but competed throughout creating a number of worthwhile opportunities aided by the excellent Mark O’Donovan, Noel Looney and Fionn Edwards.
Colso Celtic 8 – 3 Martin Harvey Solicitors
The division’s top scorers Colso Celtic completed the double over Martin Harvey Solicitors by romping to another big win over their opponents last Friday night. Ryan Towler (6), Alex Cummins (5), Shaun Lawson, Chris Wall, David Murray and Andy O’Donovan registered the goals for the winners.
FOOT-NOTE: The League offers its sincerest condolences to his wife Teresa, family and friends of former True Temper and ISRS schoolboy referee Jerry Hurley who passed away recently following a long illness. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.