Sunday 18 February 2018

'Mor silverware for undisputed champs

Stephen Woods once again snatched victory for the champions, repeating his late title clinching feat, as he swooped even later with the goal that settled a thrilling CX Top Four final at the Muirhevnamor astro turf pitch on Wednesday night.

Only seconds before the final whistle the forward swooped for his-trick to make it 4-3 and secure the champions their second trophy of the season, plunging a dagger into the hearts of the gallant losers.

Quay had proved vulnerable all night at corner kicks and they paid the ultimate price. One of their defenders managed to turn a flicked header off his goal line at the back post but only as far as Woods, who controlled the ball and hammered it into the top of the net from seven yards.

In a dress rehearsal of next Saturday's McConville Cup final , the vastly experienced Johnny Winters gave Quay the lead in the first-half, but a goal each by Mickey O'Kane and scoring hero Woods turned the tables for Muirhevnamor to go in ahead at the break.

However, battling Quay drew level through substitute David Boyle who was put through the heart of the champions defence.

Woods restored the lead for the champions, but Jimmy Byrne, the league's most commanding centre-half, lent telling support to his attack as he moved forward to equalise again for his side following a free-kick.

All then was set for extra-time when Woods struck with his very dramatic winning goal.

Bottom Four

Fane captured the Bottom Four Cup, with a convincing 6- 2 win over Doolargy All Stars on Thursday night.

This made up for the disappointment of their defeat in the Clancy Cup final by Quay Celtic, and provided them with silverware to show for their efforts over the season.

Sean Bailey was mainly responsible with a hat-trick, and Gavin Gaffey also contributed handsomely with a brace, while the winners other goal was notched by Stephen Bailey.

Aaron Grimes and Damien Bailey replied with a goal apiece for the All Stars.


CX+ Top Four

Rampart 1 (Lee Wright) Muirhevnamor 5 (Mickey O'Kane 2, Anton Webb, Gino Cooney, Brian Begley); Quay wo Shamrocks scr.

Final: Muirhevnamor 4 (Stephen Woods 3, Mickey O'Kane) Quay Celtic 3, Johnny Winters, David Boyle, Jimmy Byrne).

CX+ Bottom Four

Walshestown 2 (Jim Meagan, David McMahon) Fane 2 (Sean Kellegher C. McEneaney,) Fane won 5-4 on pens. Setanta 2 (Andrew Kieran, Chad McEneaney) Doolargy All Stars 5 (Aaron Grimes 4, Damien Bailey).

Final: Fane 6 (Sean Bailey 3, Gavin Gaffey 2, Stephen Bailey) Doolargy 2 (Aaron Grimes, Damien Bailey)

McConville Cup

Oriel Park will once again stage the McConville Cup final, which has been confirmed for Saturday night next, kick-off 7.30pm.

It will be a repeat of Wednesday night's CX Top Four decider, which the champions won in very dramatic fashion, and will carry as ever the mantle of favourites to extend their running sequence to 11 successive seasons in the competition.

There has been little between the sides when they met this season , and Quay will be encouraged by their win over the champions in the Clancy Cup semi-final on their way to lifting that trophy earlier in the season.

One thing is for sure the teams likely are to bear quite a few changes from the final of CX Cup final, which Muirhevnamor won.

They had Ray McCann in goal, and were short quite a few regulars as were Quay with striker Mario Kolak playing in central defence.

The Argus

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