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'Roo' spot on to thwart Gaffney

Last weekend saw two finals completed at the centre and the pitch was again in pristine condition.

One tie was a cracker, the other intriguing and interesting.

On Sunday morning, Fenstanton and Kilmore contested the semi-final of the Loftus and despite the presence of Alan Myler – the most prolific scorer in the league – there were no goals in 90 minutes or indeed extra-time.

Alan looked to be carrying an injury, but he played and I feel he might have scored a couple had he been fit. Kilmore had many opportunities also, but were denied time and again by the brilliance of Fens net-minder Robert Gaffney.

One particular save stands out. With a couple of minutes remaining, Sean Geraghty collected a clearance in the box and turned to unleash a scud that was headed for the top corner.

Gaffney dived to his right to somehow push the ball to safety. A truly unbelievable piece of goalkeeping.

I thought it would be Fenstanton's day, particularly when it went to spot-kicks, given Gaffney's form. Their takers were off form, however, and they only managed to convert one of their five attempts.

So it was down to big Roo O'Connor to claim hero status and the warrior obliged to send Kilmore through to meet Whitestown.

Elms stand tall in Matt O'Leary Cup

The second match played at Parnell's on Sunday morning was the Matt O'Leary semi-final between Elm Mount and Vianney Boys.

This has been perennially Vianney's time of the year. The squad strengthens up and they always seem to thrive. Former AFL skipper Darragh Joyce had rejoined the fold.

Elm Mount, however, were too strong on the day, running out 4-1 winners to set up what should be a cracking final with Newtown Celtic.

The other big game that weekend was the meeting of the two Shelbournes in the Maher Cup semi-final. SSC v AFC and it was SSC somewhat surprisingly who won through 2-1 to meet Manortown in last Friday's decider at the centre.

dermot clarke


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