Tommy Healy Memorial Cup Final Replay
Tralee Dynamos 4
Shanakill Athletic 2
AFTER all the dramatics of the drawn encounter this replay was another exciting affair, which was delicately balanced until the concluding stages of the game. Dynamos were strengthened with Eoin Cassidy and Shane Lowth available again while Shanakill were without they star midfielder Brendan Coffey who picked up an injury during the week.
Dynamos showed all of the early initiative spraying the ball around very effectively and making Shanakill work hard to get possession. Shanakill had an early chance with Graham O'Leary making an opening for Kevin Quirke but his shot was straight at the Dynamos goalie Tadgh O'Neill.
However Dynamos went ahead after 11 minutes with a goal of a soft variety from a Shanakill defensive point of view. They forced a corner out on the right, which was floated in exceptionally well by Pa Daly and it wound up going all the way to the net. This was the wake up call Shanakill needed and they began to get their act together at midfield and create a few scoring chances.
Emmy Quirke made a fantastic run out of defence and let go with a long-range effort, which went over the top and Graham O'Leary, should have done better when he had a chance from close range.
Then Shanakill got an indirect free-kick inside the box after a Dynamos defender played the ball on the ground. However the effort by Graham O'Leary came back off the wall.
Eventually Shanakill's persistence paid off when they grabbed an equaliser right before half time. James J O'Sullivan began the move out of defence finding Graham O'Leary on the wing, he skipped past a number of defenders and played in Kevin Quirke who applied a neat finish.
Things were looking good for Shanakill after this equaliser and they got even better nine minutes into the second half when they went ahead with a goal of great individual brilliance.
Lorcan Seymour set the wheels in motion when he found Graham O'Leary in space and he accelerated past midfielders and defenders with his electric pace and fired low to the bottom corner past the advancing Dynamos goalie and it looked as if Shanakill were on their way to a league and cup double.
However the tide in this game began to change when Dynamos introduced sub Jonathan Hannifan for Niall Feehan.
The former League of Ireland A player began to pull the strings at midfield and now they were a much more potent force. Just past the hour mark the game was all square again when Jonathan Hannifan linked up with Billy Stack who centred the ball to Adrian McHugh whose header came back off the crossbar but he was there again for the rebound and made no mistake on this occasion volleying to the roof of the net.
Now Dynamos were in full flight and it took two superb tackles by Stefan O'Shea to deny Chris Kerins and Adrian McHugh. Dynamos then put the game to bed in a three-minute spell when they scored twice. The first goal came in the 80th minute when Chris Kerins swept in a great over the top ball for Shane Lowth who was taken down just inside the box by the Dynamos goalie who was slow to react initially and referee Stuart Templeman had no hesitancy in pointing the spot.
Damian Diggins gave the Shanakill goalie no chance with a low shot to the bottom corner. Three minutes later Dynamos put the icing on the cake with Jonathan Hannifan playing in Billy Stack and when his shot was blocked it fell to Adrian McHugh and he fired home his second goal of the game.
On the day Dynamos were able to go just that little bit extra when it was required and were deserving winners at the end.
Full marks to Shanakill for a spirited display but they just came up that bit short at the end. They are still in the dominos Pizza Cup so a league and cup double is still on the cards for the Tralee side.
The KDL needs more clubs like Shanakill and they are a breath of fresh air to the league and their players and big band of supporters make their presence felt in a big way at Mounthawk Park.
TRALEE DYNAMOS: Tadgh O'Neill, Tony Hennessey, David O'Leary, Pa Daly, Niall Feehan, Billy Stack, Damien Diggins, Chris Kerins, Eoin Cassidy, Shane Lowth, Adrian McHugh. Subs; Samier Benkutin for David O Leary, Jonathan Hannifan for Niall Feehan
SHANAKILL ATHLETIC: Gordon Carey, Emmy Quirke, Shane O Dowd, Stefan O'Shea, James J O Sullivan, Kieran Mc Caughley, Lorcan Seymour, Robert Lynch, Scott Hennessy, Kevin Quirke, Graham O Leary. Subs; James S O Sullivan for Shane O Dowd,
REFEREE: Stuart Templeman