No stopping McPhails as they land second trophy
DROGHEDA Summer League kingpins McPhails completed the double for 2014 when overcoming a strong Carranstown Lodge team in Monday evening's Paddy Goodwin Cup Final.
The Duleek side had barely had a kick of the ball when McPhails opened the scoring from their first real attack, Steven Nolan shooting to the bottom corner of Keith Martin's net.
Ciaran Carroll then tried unsuccessfully to lob the advancing Martin after a clever Ian Devine pass and at this stage Carranstown were doing well just to stay in the game.
The McPhails attacks kept coming and the dominant Paddy O'Boyle then headed over from a perfectly weighted cross before the inevitable second goal arrived on the half-hour. Aaron Comerford collected the ball at the edge of the box and rounded the Carranstown full-back and then Martin with some neat footwork before tapping into an empty net.
With the game drifting towards half-time and McPhails seemingly comfortable, Carranstown won a free kick 22 yards out on the corner of the box.
And as the defensive wall jumped in unison, Colin Woods unleashed a low shot and the ball ricocheted off one of the defenders and into the net, wrong-footing the McPhails keeper.
At 2-1 Carranstown were right back in it and the second half started at frantic pace, with both sides both missing scoreable chances.
However, the Duleek men couldn't find a way through and the crucial moment arrived in the 50th minute when the ball was floated into the Carranstown box and in the scramble that followed a defender inadvertently put the ball in his own net - 3-1.
Both sides had chances in the next 10 minutes, notably when a mazy Ian Devine run around two defenders resulted in Carranstown's sub keeper Noel Burke saving with his legs.
However, as time began to run out for Carranstown their opportunities became increasingly limited as the McPhails defence got on top and Carroll nearly made it 4-1 when just heading wide from a pinpoint Devine cross.
The game ended on something of a sour note after both teams were reduced to 10 men, with McPhails' Paddy O'Boyle seeing red for a challenge and Carranstown's young midfielder James Moriarty following suit for his retaliation.