✍? Finbarr Buckley
? Radim Doutnac | Rad Sports Photography (Martin Harvey Solicitors v District 11, Sunday August 30th)
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group C
Satellite Taxis 0 – 2 TELUS
Football made a welcome return following the lengthy postponement with debutants TELUS (formally VoxPro) claiming the scalp of holders Satellite Taxis in their Sunday morning encounter at Deerpark Secondary School. Fintan Cadogan scored both goals in the second 45 for the visitors whose best included Stephen Looney, Kevin Ronzon, Julien Rochcongar, Aidan Flannery, Dave Hennessy and Darren O’Connor.
Janssen 3 – 3 Cork Hospitals (Janssen won 5-4 on pens.)
Janssen and Cork Hospitals played out the first draw over the ninety minutes in this season’s competition with Janssen going on to secure the two points on offer from the resultant penalty shoot-out. Rory O’Keeffe and Alan Murphy put Janssen two-up before Dave Crufferty replied with a brace to equalize before half-time. O’Keeffe edged the home side in front for the second time only for Conor O’Halloran to take the tie to a shoot-out. Despite Grufferty, goalkeeper John O’Neill, Rory McCarthy and Dave Sinnott scoring for the visitors, Cormac Dervin sealed Hospitals’ fate by converting Janssen’s winning spot-kick.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group A
OBS 0 – 1 Dell EMC
Dell EMC made a winning start to securing the only trophy which has eluded the club. Following an evenly contested opening twenty minutes, the hosts dominated possession and were unfortunate not go in front after Nyall O’Brien had a goal caulked off for offside. Towards the end of the half and against the run of play, Kevin O’Connor converted from the penalty-spot to score what would prove the only goal of an eventful ninety minutes. The visitors closed up shop in the second 45 but had the post and their keeper to thank for preserving their slender lead. Aaron O’Connor, Brian Walsh and Paul O’Hea impressed for the winners while Tom Crowley, Alan McCarthy and Nyall O’Brien stood out for Paul Lynch’s charges.
Doolan’s Cow 4 – 1 Abtran
2017 winners Doolan’s Cow were made to work hard for their win over Abtran, who struck the post twice in the ninety and were hindered by having a player sent off after reducing the deficit to 2-1 with fifteen minutes from a superb Daniel O’Brien free-kick. Doolan’s had earlier gone in one up at half-time courtesy of an own goal before Liam Horgan doubled the advantage in the 68th minute. Tony O’Reilly and Ian McCarthy added further goals for the winners. Aaron Hennessy and Darren Geraghty impressed for Doolan’s with Eoghan O’Sullivan and Dale Dalton in fine form for the visitors.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group B
Jason O’Neill Electrical 4 – 1 The Weigh Inn Dripsey
New boys Jason O’Neill Electrical opened their account with an impressive win over The Weigh Inn at Mayfield Pk. last Friday night. Craig Butler’s corner was tapped in by Darren McCarthy for JON’s first only for Fionn Edwards to equalize before the break. JON restored their lead following an inspirational run by Paudie Cotter whose resultant shot was parried by the keeper only for McCarthy to tap in his second of the evening. McCarthy used his pace to outstrip the defence and complete his hat-trick before David Madden completed a night to remember with a fourth from a penalty after Adam O’Leary was fouled in the area. Danny Ryan and Lloyd Cambridge were best for Dripsey on the night.
Co. Council 4 – 3 Healy O’Connor Solicitors Mario Fosca netted four on his debut to give Council the points in the best of seven encounters at The Regional Pk. Clive Donovan and Kieran O’Regan caught the eye for Tony Byrd’s charges. Mark O’Sullivan (2) and Steve Dwyer replied for HOC.
Sports Gear Direct Shield –Group D
Martin Harvey Solicitors 6 – 1 District 11
David O’Leary (2), Steven Cronin, Michael O’Connor, Ian Harrington and Alan Nugent registered the goals for MHS in a comfortable win over District 11. Harrington, O’Leary and Chris O’Connell shone for the home team.
Marlboro Trust 2 – 5 Jay Bazz
Daniel del Blanco opened the scoring for Trust only for an own goal to level the scores. A brace apiece from Adam Geraghty and Adam Nugent put the contest out of Trust’s reach with Kevin O’Sullivan grabbing a consolation late on.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group E
Harp Celtic 2 – 0 SCS Crookstown Utd
Harp Celtic looked good value for their opening day win over Crookstown United in the late Sunday morning kick-off at Mayfield Pk. Danny Kiely put Lee Cooke in for the first in the 35th minute with Eddie Doherty fired in the second from the edge of the area on the hour. Martin O’Sullivan put a penalty over the top as United strived to get back into the contest with O’Sullivan again, Colm Crowley and Eoin Dromey all going close.