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Saturday 23 September 2017

McGuinness hat-trick caps all-ireland win

Crumlin United ... .... ... ... ... ... ..3

Waterford Bohemians ... .... ... ..0

AFTERNOON Delight in Kilternan. A day for the sun cream...and the ice-cream.

It was 99's all round back in Crumlin village on Saturday evening. Home were the heroes. United, the national champs for the fourth year in succession.

A remarkable run by this amazing side that has seen the U-13 Troy Cup, the U-14 Goodson Cup, the U-15 Evans Cup and now the U-16 Barry Cup going to Pearse Park.

"It's just fantastic," beamed manager, Stephen O'Connor. "What a run we have had.

"We have lost some of the lads to England, but those that came in have done a first-class job.

"We wouldn't have been able to achieve it without my managerial colleagues, Tony Kilbane and Dessie McGowan, who are just brilliant.

"And I have to salute the spirit of the squad. Crumlin is a club of winners, from the senior team right down. We have high expectations and the lads delivered yet again. I always felt we were in control of the game."

And so they were. Crumlin's victory was, like all good sides, built from the back. In the air and on the deck, they didn't grant Bohs a crumb.

Waterford grafted as best they could. They did splendidly to reach the final. A wonderful journey. They brought a big support from the banks of the Suir.

So solid was the Crumlin rearguard that Bohs could only muster the odd half chance.

And in attack, Crumlin had a hat-trick hero in Danny McGuinness, a nugget of a centre-forward.

Danny's speed, balance, awareness and courage would remind people of the way Torres plays the game. Danny is able to skip away from the traffic with those Flatley feet of his.

And two good feet they are too. He struck his first goal in the 18th minute at the clubhouse end with a stinging left-footed volley.

Ryan Kilbane almost made it two in the 37th minute when his shot tumbled back out off the inside of the right-hand post.

Two minutes into the second period, a delicious right-footed volley from McGuinness brought him his second goal.

And he completed his hat-trick ten minutes from time when he slipped in at the back post to nudge in Kevin Dempsey's free from the right.

Bohs are managed by Mark Fitzgerald, son of the legendary Jack. Jack Hale is one of the famous Hale family. Even the great Alfie would be tipping his hat to this distinguished Crumlin clan.

Crumlin United: Alan Smith; Sean Dixon, Giovanni Boccarossa, Niall Lanigan, Donal Brannigan, Jack Memery, Kevin Dempsey, Paul Moffett, Danny McGuinness, Ryan Kilbane, Conor Early. John Holland, Sean Plunkett, Gary Elliott, Darragh Clerkin, Aaron Rochford, Joe McGuinness.

Waterford Bohemians: Dylan Power; Thomas Whitty, Luke Browne, Billy Ryan, Kevin Barry, Cian Chester, Chris Kirby, Jason Keane, Shane O'Connor, Johnny Walsh, Craig Connolly. Jack Hale, Mark McManus, Mark O'Keeffe, Pat Fitzgerald, Conor Gahan.

Officials: Tommy McGuinness, Phil Brennan, Bobby Clarke, Tommy Shannon.

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