Wexford Celtic unstoppable on charge to cup success
HOLDERS WEXFORD Celtic retained the Boland Carpets Cup after overcoming a brave effort from Courtown Hibs who contested well but did not take their chances in front of goal.
Played in ideal conditions in Curracloe, both sides served up an entertaining encounter in front of a sizeable crowd but it was Celtic who always looked likely to score first and were rewarded when Lorraine Mcmahon put them in front.
Hibs pressed forward in search of an equaliser and went close on a number of occasions, but Celtic held on to lead 1-0 at half-time. The second-half continued as the first had ended but it was the Wexford town side who got the break when Rebecca O'connor doubled their advantage with a well-taken goal on 65 minutes.
To their credit, Courtown upped their attempts to get back in the game but a second goal from Lorraine Mcmahon put the game out of their reach and Celtic ran out 3-0 winners and held on to the cup for the second year. League Chairman Daire Doyle presented the player of the match award to double goalscorer Lorraine Mcmahon before presenting the cup to the victorious captain.
The league would like to thank Curracloe for the use of their excellent facilities which were in prime condition, and also thanks to all three officials - John Carton, Andrew Nolan and Nicky Harte - for officiating at both matches.