THEY TOOK the scenic route but in the end Yellowstone Celtic won the Sheeran Cup for the first time in their long history.
The club supporters had made their way to Tolka Park in sizeable numbers yesterday to shout on their team. They watched from the stands as their side fought-out a tight encounter with a Hoganville side and when no goals were conjured up, even in extratime, it went to penalties.
And it was then that Yellowstone Celtic goalkeeper Mark Walsh became the hero making three fine saves to deny Hoganville. The Celtic goals in the tense shootout were scored by Mark Donohue, Davy Glennon and Paul Berni and it was time for the Yellowstone fans, players and mentors, including manager Deco McCann and assistant Anto Zambra, to celebrate. “It’s a great day for the club and we have to hand it to Hoganville, they were gracious in defeat,” said manager McCann.
“We’ve been in this league for 43 years and this is the first time we’ve won this cup. I’m delighted for the lads,” added Anto Zambra. The LFL president Tony O’Dowd and his officials ensured that all was in place for the League’s blue ribbon competition. The weather even smiled and the players had perfect conditions in which to perform.
Referee Norman Lynch handed out a few yellow cards early on as a number of robust tackles were made. The match official and his assistants did a fine job to add to the occasion. The one ingredient that was missing were clear-cut scoring chances as both sides were largely restricted to longrange efforts with defences proving watertight.
Yellowstone did have some halfchances with Peter Priestly, the skilful Chris Hennessy, David Glennon, Paul Berni and Alan McNamara among those to go close to finding the target. McNamara also had a ‘goal’ ruled out. Hoganville had their opportunities with one of their best coming midway through the opening half – David Hogan headed just wide when in a good position. Anto O’Connor also had a ‘goal’ disallowed for a handball. Kevin Sheedy pulled the strings in midfield but they couldn’t find a way through.
Still, it has been a fine season for Karl Nolan’s Hoganville who won their league and the Dalton. Sunday, however, belonged to Yellowstone Celtic who had many of their former players in the stand to enjoy the occasion. Also there was their dedicated supporter ‘Huggy’. He was one of many delighed Celtic supporters in Tolka after all the action was over.
YELLOWSTONE CELTIC: Mark Walsh; Peter Priestly, Neil Swinbourne, Mark Donohue, James Hennessy; Chris Hennessy, David Glennon, Alan McNamara, Richie Cummins, Gary Dunne, Andy Gannon, Brendan Priestly, James Lamb, Paul Berni, Gary Dunne, Chris Hennessy, Jonathan Gibbons, Dean Costello, Andrew Mulhall.
HOGANVILLE: Christopher Brady; Eamonn Augusta, Kenneth Roche, Gavin O’Toole, Shane Nolan, Kevin Sheedy, Anto Andrews, David Hogan, Darren Rice, Anto O’Connor, Alex Eager, Paul Kelly, Andrew Sherlock, Colm Sheedy, John Paul Whelan.
Referee: Normal Lynch. Assistants: Paul Geoghegan, Christy Lawrence. Fourth Official: Dessie Hughes.