Wednesday 22 May 2019

Turner tops as Magpies pip Peter's

Charlie Bishop Cup Final: Newtown United 1 St Peter's 1 (Newtown 3-2 on penos)

Newtown United’s captain Neilly Martin accepts the Charlie Bishop Cup from Karen Bishop
Newtown United’s captain Neilly Martin accepts the Charlie Bishop Cup from Karen Bishop

Gavin Forde

'I think it was fitting that the game went to penos, I thought we were the better side for the majority of the first half and should have scored, but then after Dillon (Carthy) scored in the second half they were the better side and deserved to get back into the game with their goal,' said Newtown United manager Gary Kelly's at the end of a dramatic Charlie Bishop Cup final in Ferndale Park, Arklow, last Sunday afternoon.

'We played them on Thursday in the semi-final for the Jim McLaughlin Cup which was a tough game but today was very difficult so we're very happy with the result and to be champions again,' added a delighted Kelly.

In the end it was the Magpies who claimed the crown again as they condemned St Peters to a devastating defeat via a penalty shootout that saw the Newtown men use all their experience and skill to take the title.

St Peters went into the game knowing only a perfect performance from their side was required to get their hands on silverware. The two sides met earlier in the week as they competed for a place in the final of the Jim McLaughlin Cup where Newtown came out on top with a narrow 2-1 victory.

It was a very competitive first few minutes of the game with both sides making themselves known early on with some tough but fair challenges on their opponents.

The first big chance of the game came to Newtown striker Shane Doyle, Doyle made a great run in the penalty area to get away from a Peters defender to chest down a cross from Dillon Carthy but his shot was too tame for Peters goalkeeper Eoin Fox.

St Peters' striking duo of Chad Ryan and Tony Harris were a handful for the Newtown United defence, Ryan would have been difficult enough to deal with on his own but when Ryan combined his pace and power with Harris' clever runs behind the United defence it was clear to see early on in the game that the United defence had a tough task ahead of them. Newtown had another great chance on the 25th minute when Dean Odlum played in Evan Moran one on one with the Peters' keeper, Odlum chipped the ball over the Peters defence which left Moran with only the keeper to beat but his effort went well over the bar, much to the frustration of Dillon Carthy who was in a great position to be squared the ball and tap into an empty net.

St Peters began to dominate possession towards the end of the half and just on the stroke of half-time they rattled the crossbar. Chad Ryan was again involved in the build up as he picked out winger Killian O'Caroll who was in a great position to take a shot on first time. His powerful strike looked to be going top corner but the ball dipped at the last second and smacked off the bar. So close to opening the scoring for Saint Peters.

Peters went from hitting the crossbar in the last minute of the first half to hitting the post in the fourth minute of the second half. Chad Ryan flicked the ball over his head to pick out Killian O'Carroll again who followed up with another powerful effort that rattled the post. United began to panic under the pressure from St Peters as they were creating many chances in front of goal in the opening minutes of the second half.

The opening goal of the game came on the 65th minute after a mistake by St Peters' goalkeeper. Eoin Fox spilled the ball in the penalty area and Dillon Carthy was first to react as he knocked the spilled ball around the keeper and into an empty net to give his side a vital one-goal lead.

Peters' heads dropped after conceding the opening goal, United began to grow in confidence again and mounted pressure on their opponents, chances from Dillon Carthy and Shane Doyle went narrowly over the bar on the 75th and 78th minute.

Peters thought they had scored their equaliser on the 85th minute when Killian O'Carroll's free-kick was dropped by United keeper Ken Turner and forced over the line. St Peters wheeled away celebrating but referee Mick Kennedy deemed the challenge on Turner was unfair and disallowed the goal to bring the game back to 1-0 to Newtown, much to the frustration of the Peters supporters.

On the 90th minute, St Peters got one last chance to equalise and bring the game to extra-time and possibly penalties. Striker Tony Harris made a great run down the left wing before playing the ball back to left back Daniel McCann. McCann whipped in an inch perfect out swinging cross that was met by the head of Chad Ryan as he headed the ball into the top corner. It was great build up play from the Bray side and an excellent header by Ryan to give his side a glimmer of hope at the end of the game.

The game went to extra-time but the two teams still couldn't be separated so it was on to the dreaded penalty kicks.

Newtown United showed their experience in big games as they converted all but one of their strikes. Dillon Carthy, Sean Heffernan and Dean Odlum all found the back of the net, but United keeper Ken Turner was the man of the moment as he produced three fantastic saves from Jamie Kelly, Niall Vaughan and Daniel McCann.

Penalty kicks can sometimes come down to luck but in this case Newtown were head and shoulders above their opponents as their penalties were inch perfect, while some of St Peters' efforts lacked technique.

Newtown United: 1. Ken Turner, 2. Brandon Feely, 3. Neilly Martin, 4. PJ Dowling, 5. Glenn Carthy, 6. Ross Davis, 7. Sean Heffernan, 8. Evan Maran, 9. Dean Odlum, 10. Shane Doyle, 11. Dillon Carthy. Sub: Karl Carthy for Shane Doyle (82min)

St Peters: 1. Eoin Fox, 2. Darren Mc Ateer, 3. Daniel Mc Cann, 4. Dean Fletcher, 5. Alan Curran, 6. Noely Stephens, 7. Killian O' Carroll, 8. Jamie Kelly, 9. Chad Ryan, 10. Tony Harris, 11. Jake Kane. Subs: Rian Green for Jake Kane (55min), Niall Vaughan for Noely Stephens (70min), Rory Adamson for Chad Ryan (ET).

Referee: Mick Kennedy.

Linesmen: Carl Doyle, Jay Redmond.

Bray People