Anto in control
Hoganville claim Dalton Cup as O’Connor turns in ‘masterclass’
COLEPARK UNITED..................................0 HOGANVILLE FC......................................2
HOGANVILLE FC deservedly claimed the LFL O’Neills Dalton Cup in a rainsoaked Tolka Park yesterday afternoon as a goal in either half saw off the challenge of Colepark United.
In truth, the scoreline should have been greater for the eventual winners as they missed a host of chances in the second period, but finally the second goal arrived 20 minutes from the end to ease their nerves.
From the first whistle it was Hoganville in the ascendancy and they could have moved in front inside the opening minutes but Anto O’Connor’s volley was inches wide of the target. O’Connor, who has scored more than 40 goals this season, was a thorn in the side of Colepark all afternoon and although he didn’t find the back of the net himself, his fine display rightly won him the man-of-the-match award. A few minutes later, Hoganville were in on goal again but this time United ’keeper Stephen O’Toole raced from his line to deny Anto Andrews.
Colepark were struggling to create any clear chances, despite playing some neat football through midfield. Their best chance of the half arrived as early as the seventh minute but Jackie Gaire just couldn’t get enough on his header following Anthony Savage’s cross from the right. It was still Hoganville who carried the greater attacking threat though and after 27 minutes O’Toole in the United goal saved superbly from Kenneth Roche Just a minute later though he could do nothing to prevent Roche volleying home in the top corner to make it 1-0 after a good build up of play from Darren Rice and Paul Kelly. The second half began with ’Ville on top again. Just three minutes after the re-start, the impressive Shane Nolan broke the United offside-trap and looked certain to set-up O’Connor to score but, again, Stephen O’Toole saved well in the Colepark goal.
The chances continued to be created at only one end. Anto O’Connor was unlucky to see his shot drift wide after 50 minutes and then Paul Kelly’s effort was eventually cleared by the resolute United defence. On the hour mark, Kelly was denied once more by the Colepark number one but eventually, after 67 minutes, Hoganville made it 2-0. Anto O’Connor skipped down the leftwing before squaring to Anto Andrews who had the easy task of tapping home into the empty net to seal the cup success for Hoganville.
COLEPARK UTD: Stephen O’Toole, Paul Hannon, Sean Walsh, Stephen Mahoney, Joseph O’Toole, Dan McTiernan, Sean Moroney (Shane Breen 67), Mick Boylan (Jamie Redmond 76), Jackie Gaire, Jonathan Denby (David Tyrrell (61), Anthony Savage. Not used: Paul McTiernan, James Shortall.
HOGANVILLE FC: Christopher Brady, Eamon Agusta, Shane Nolan, David Hogan, Alex Ryan (Gavin O’Toole 60), Kenneth Roche, Anto Andrews, Anto O’Connor, Darren Rice, Kevin Sheedy (John Paul Whelan 79), Paul Kelly (Alex Eager 66). Not use: Colm Sheedy, Andrew Sherlock. Referee: Paul Geoghegan.