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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Dempsey aims to go full circle with Galty

Back in the late 1960s Galty Celtic reached a Sheeran Cup final at Richmond Park.

Brendan Dempsey was a nipper at the time; he still remembers the excitement of going to the famous ground, the youthful anticipation of seeing some of the local heroes play in a cup final.

They won the coveted trophy defeating Gouldings FC, he recalls.

Now Brendan is about to lead Galty Celtic out in another Sheeran showdown. Sunday, 16th May is the day when Galty have a chance to retake the famous trophy.

The boys from Galty Celtic earned a place in the final with a 3-0 victory over Rialto FC's Sunday combination at St Joseph's.

Early in proceedings Galty had to absorb considerable pressure and goalkeeper Mick Dolan was called upon a few times to make a save or two.

Gradually, steadily Dempsey's men worked themselves into the game. And in the lead up to the first-half they struck.

A ball was delivered into the Rialto penalty area. It was cleared but only to Kenneth Carr who hit a sweet shot to the net.

In the second-half Shane Mahony tagged on a second and late on Robbie Kinsella hit a clinching third.

"We played well, our back four was very good as they needed to be early on but this was a great team performance for us, everyone played their part," added manager Dempsey.

At the start of the season Brendan had to sign a complete new team - they are starting to gell. Now a big date in Tolka beckons.

McNally heroics for Rialto Saturday side

Rialto FC have a fine tradition in cup competitions - and as we have pointed out in this column before there was a time when they took part in the FAI Cup itself.

Now their Saturday side are in the hunt for the Sheeran Cup after they made it past a semi-final clash with Cashel Celtic.

It was certainly looking good for Cashel early on as they took an early lead in the opening minutes. Cashel are league champions and surely not short of confidence or know-how.

Did Rialto panic or collapse? Not a bit of it. Instead Ross McNally regrouped his charges. Early in the second half Noel Chubb pulled a goal back. Then, in the dramatic closing stages McNally rose high to head home a Joe Cully corner and give his side the lead.

McNally is adept at scoring from headers and he did the business once again.

The closing minutes were not short of tension and excitement and Rialto 'keeper Keith Lawson had to make a superb save. Rialto survived and now have a Sheeran Cup final to look forward to.

"The lads did very well to win after going a goal down," said Rialto secretary Kevin O'Byrne. "They got to the Dalton Cup final last year, now they're in the Sheeran." Indeed.

New clubs welcome

THE O'Neills LFL has positions available for new clubs for the 2010/11 season with pitches and changing rooms available. The league is also looking to start an under 19 division. Contact Mark Breen at 0868482026 for further details.

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