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Friday 24 November 2017

Dempsey's Galty on a cup double trail

Alex Ferguson called it the "sqweaky bum" time of the season when teams push on for big prizes on offer with a corresponding rise in tenion.

The next few weeks will certainly be intriguing for Galty Celtic and Jobstown Celtic both of whom won their respective Dalton Cup semi-finals at St Joseph's, Cabra on Friday night.

As outlined elsewhere on this page Brendan Dempsey's Galty Celtic are already through to the Sheeran Cup decider.

That's pencilled in for the 16th May. Just two days before that they will participate in the Dalton Cup showdown..

Both games are at Tolka Park and all of Brendan's managerial experience will be required to prepare his troops for the two finals.

Dempsey's side showed plenty of goal-getting prowess to defeat Cashel Celtic on Friday night. Kennth Carr and Robbie Kinsella showed the way with two goals apiece while David Dempsey also netted. "We changed formation for this game and it worked a treat for us," said manager Dempsey.

Jobstown Celtic will be Galty's opponents in the Dalton showdown. They took some time to settle in their semi-final outing against a youthful Cabinteely FC outfit.

Sean Byrne's Bhoys also have another big game in their sights when next Saturday they take part in the Jerry Ellis Cup decider.

Once they got going against Cabinteely FC there was not stopping Jobstown Celtic with an excellent effort form Kenneth Nolan putting them 1-0 up at the interval.

In the second-half Nolan latched onto a ball threaded through by Ray Hogan to make it 2-0 and in the closing stages Robert de Courcey tagged on a third just to make sure.

Lee Spillane and Charles de Courcey worked hard to generate openings in midfield for Jobstown Celtic who are managed by Byrne and his assistant Mick Morgan who, by all accounts, has had a very positive influence on the side.

"It took us about 15 minutes to settle but then we started to knock the ball around and we played well and won comfortably at the end," added manager Byrne who also pointed out that his side were without regular Paul Cooper whose wife was having a baby on Friday evening also.

Cabinteely's boss Dave Clack was left wondering what might have been if his side had taken their chances. They missed a golden opportunity to equalise and the faded after that. They hadn't much time to reflect on the game as they had to play in the quarter-final of the Mitten Cup yesterday.

With his young side manager Clack is looking to the future.

lThere will be a reception for those involved in the Sheeran and Dalton Cup finals at Tolka Park on Thursday, 6.30.

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