Thursday 18 January 2018

AOH Cup crown for Kilumney

Douglas Hall 0 Kilumney 0 (Kilumney won 3-0 on penalties after extra time)

Dave Cronin, Killumney Utd goalkeeping Hero, is embraced by his team mates. Photo: Jim Coughlan.
Dave Cronin, Killumney Utd goalkeeping Hero, is embraced by his team mates. Photo: Jim Coughlan.

KILUMNEY won the AOH Cup against Douglas Hall by keeping their nerve in the penalty shoot-out. The sides effectively cancelled out each other's best efforts over the preceding two hours of competitive football with Kilumney going closest to breaking the deadlock.

Kilumney had Mark Buckley and Dan Forde playing in the centre of their defence and both worked tirelessly to keep Douglas to speculative efforts that did little to trouble Dave Cronin in goals.

Kilumney made clearer chances and went closest to a goal when Kieran O'Driscoll thumped a shot off the crossbar late in the game. As extra-time progressed it became clear that only a penalty shoot-out would separate the sides.

Kilumney keeper Dave Cronin played a vital part in the shoot-out. Douglas fired the first penalty off the post and opposing keeper Dave Cronin saved the next two Douglas penalties. In between, Gary Comerford, Kieran O'Driscoll and Aaron Carney all scored for Kilumney to put them three-nil ahead. In fact, Douglas did not even take their final two penalties.

This was a huge win for Kilumney whose captain David O'Callaghan collected the cup from AUL Chairman Ted O'Mahony.

Last September Kilumney won this season's Mossie Linnane League Cup. That cup involves all Premier and Premier A League sides on a league and then knock-out basis. This AOH Cup win last Friday gave Kilumney an impressive cup double.

This AOH Cup win also put Kilumney in line for a treble as, last Friday, they were one of two sides still in a position to win the Premier League itself.

Unfortunately for the club, the treble dream did not come true as Coachford beat Kilumney in the last game of the Premier League on Tuesday evening.


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