Carlingford Celtic crowned summer league champions
Carlingford Celtic won the North Louth Summer League play-off final on Friday night last when they defeated Lumpers by 6-2 at the Foy Centre, Carlingford.
A strong Celtic team started the stronger and took the lead after 10 minutes when Paddy Farrell's free kick was palmed into the net by 'keeper, Holmes. Carlingford increased their lead five minutes later when a cross from the left was headed home by Stephen Malone. Two quick goals followed for Celtic when first a great cross from the right from James McShane was expertly finished to the net by Richie McGee, and shortly afterwards James McShane cut in from the left and fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
The goal of the game was scored on 28 minutes when brilliant work down the right by Shane Finnegan saw his cross volleyed home by Richie McGee. Lumpers scored their first goal just before half time when Conal Laverty coolly slotted home a penalty following a foul by Conor Dullaghan on Eddie Duffy. Despite being totally outplayed in the first half, Lumpers refused to lie down and they started the second half very strongly.
The pulled a goal back after 5 minutes when Conal Laverty scored with a great free kick. Lumpers goalkeeper, Vincent Holmes, showed his class when he pulled off two great saves, firstly when he blocked a great shot by Richie McGee and then a spectacular save from a volley by James McShane. Carlingford scored their sixth goal when Owen Traynor beat two defenders and fired a great shot to the roof of the net from just outside the box.