Dynamos B cruise into the final

Memorial Cup Semi-Final Tralee Dynamos B 3 Asdee Rovers B 0

Maurice O'Connor Asdee Rovers ( White ) and Damian Diggins Tralee Dyanmos in action. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Maurice O'Connor Asdee Rovers ( White ) and Damian Diggins Tralee Dyanmos in action. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Tommy Healy

TRALEE Dynamos booked their place in the Tommy Healy Cup final at Mounthawk Park on Sunday with a comfortable win over Asdee Rovers B.

The game marked the return from retirement of Chris Kerins for Tralee Dynamos who along with Eoin Cassidy, Damian Diggins, Adrian McHugh and Billy Stack all have League of Ireland A Championship experience behind them.

Asdee were just a side put together for this cup competition and they done well to get to the semi-final. However, Tralee Dynamos had a degree of skill and craft that an inexperienced Asdee side found hard to cope with.

With a strong gale behind them in the first half Asdee gave a reasonable enough account of themselves, but they were lucky to go in scoreless at half time as Dynamos missed a litany and good scoring chances.

Asdee began brightly with a great run by Jack Fogarty leading to a free kick in a very promising position just outside the box.

Maurice O'Connor got his shot past the defensive wall and it was a comfortable enough save for the Dynamos' keeper Tadgh O'Neill. The Asdee defence was split open when Damian Diggins put in Eoin Cassidy but his effort was taken off the line by Peter McMahon.

Then Chris Kerins done the spadework to create an opening for Shane Lowth and it took a superb block by Asdee goalie Eoin Tydings to deny him a goal. Lowth went on to be the scourge of the Asdee defence with his lightning pace and great runs but he lacked the ability to finish off his chances. Asdee then steadied the ship for a while with John Horgan Billy Finucane and Jack Gogarty all winning a lot of possession at midfield.

Dynamos had a great chance to go ahead in the 19th minute when Damian Diggins won possession at midfield and after making ground laid the ball off to Chris Kerins inside the six yard box, but just as he was about to pull the trigger Kieran McElligott came in with a great tackle, which prevented a certain goal. Asdee then put a good attack together with Jack Gogarty and Billy Finucane combining to create an opening for John Horgan and he brought a save out of the Dynamos custodian.

Dynamos were reduced to 10 players in the 32nd minute when Ennis Rramani was sent off for a second yellow card offence. However, it was Dynamos that still carried the threat and when Adrian McHugh turned on a ball outside the box he let fly with his left foot and it cannoned off the crossbar and came back to Billy Stack and he shot over with the goal at his mercy from six yards. Two minutes later McHugh was in one on one with the Asdee keeper but he shot over the top.

Asdee seemed to have a mountain to climb as they faced the strong wind in the second half. Five minutes in Dynamos went ahead when Asdee gave away a needless penalty. A high delivery into the Asdee goalmouth was caught by Eoin Tydings, but a push by Charlie Dalton was spotted by referee Seamus O'Mahony and he pointed to the spot. Damian Diggins fired low to the bottom corner and after this Dynamos coasted to victory.

Five minutes later they doubled their lead when Adrian McHugh won the ball just inside the box he brushed off defenders and picked his spot.

They ensured victory in the 82nd minute after good build up play between, Chris Kerins and Damian Diggins the ball broke loose to Eoin Cassidy and he made no mistake from close range.

Dynamos now progress to the final where they meet Shanakill Athletic and what a derby that should be.

Tralee Dynamos: Tadgh O'Neill, Tony Hennessy, Niall Feehan, Pa Daly, Enis Rramani, Damian Diggins, Chris Kerins, Eoin Cassidy, Billy Stack, Adrian McHugh, Shane Lowth Subs: Adam Moss for Adrian McHugh, Chris McCannon for Shane Lowth

Asdee Rovers: Owen Tydings, Maurice O'Connor, Peter Mc Mahon, Kieran Mc Elligott, Charles Dalton, John Horgan, James O'Brien, Billy Finucane, Luke O'Driscoll, Jack Gogarty, Brendan Kennelly Subs: Kenneth Tydings for Luke O'Driscoll, Sean O'Keeffe for James O'Brien

Referee: Seamus O'Mahony