DOLLINGSTOWN FC 1
GLEBE NORTH FC 1
(Glebe North win 5-4 on penalties)
LFA Representatives fly the flag with pride and record a famous win with penalty shootout success over Dollingstown FC to claim Ivan Marshall Cup
After a very closely contested match, played on an excellent surface in Dollingstown, the LFA reclaimed the Ivan Marshall Intermediate Trophy.
The LFA representatives had to go to sudden death penalties to win against Mid Ulster.
Both Associations were represented by top ranked Intermediate sides with Glebe North carrying the banner for the LFA while Dollingstown F C were the representatives for Mid Ulster.
The match was influenced by a strong breeze which favoured Glebe North in the first half and used this advantage to push forward, with Keith Richardson and Austin McCann on the two wings causing the home side several problems.
The first real chance came on twenty two minutes when Daniel Moriarty headed a MCann cross over the crossbar and there were calls for a penalty three minutes later when Moriarty was taken down in the area but the referee waved play on.
The home side did manage to get up the field on a few occasions but found it difficult to break down the centre back partnership of Anto McGuinness and Andrew Hageman.
With seven minutes to go to half time, Glebe North enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure which eventually resulted in them grabbing the lead. Moriarty had a good shot deflected away for a corner which was swung in by Mark Gibson for Anto McGuinness to head to the back of the net.
Minutes later Moriarty beat two defenders but delayed too long before shooting and was closed out by an alert home keeper and just before half time, the best chance of the game fell to Moriarty when the ball was swung in by Richardson and he failed to hit the target when all alone at the back post.
Dollingstown started the second half strongly and Glebe were dealt a harsh blow when David Shanley had to go off injured five minutes after the restart and was replaced by Gregory Porzega.
Jason Lowney in the Glebe North goal came into his own in this half and was called on twice to keep the North Dublin side in front.
The home side were enjoying the better chances but finding it difficult to break down the Glebe North defence and with Lowney in confident form in the goal, it looked as if the home side would not find a way through.
At the other end, Richardson was pulled down in the area for what seemed another penalty but once again the referee ignored the pleas of the LFA side while Lowney and his well marshalled defence continued to thwart the home sides attacks.
However with three minutes to go, the home side left back got down the line to cross and a cruel bounce took the ball away from the keeper and their right back crashed the ball to the net for an equaliser.
There were very few chances for either side in the remaining three minutes plus stoppage and so for the second year in a row, the game went directly to penalties.
With Austin McCann, Keith Richardson, Mark Gibson and Darren McCann scoring their spot kicks and Jason Lowney saving the home side second penalty, the chance fell to Noel Barrett to wrap the game up but unfortunately his kick went just over the crossbar and the shootout moved to sudden death.
Lowney pulled off his second save of the shoot out and Daniel Moriarty slotted away his penalty to give the LFA reprsentatives a five four win.
Glebe North were the better footballing side throughout this highly entertaining encounter but found Dollingstown a very solid hard working side and kept battling away to the finish.
The LFA would like to thank Glebe North, the Leinster Senior League for representing the Association with such dignity and also a special word of thanks to our hosts Mid Ulster for their hospitality on the day.
Glebe North: Jason Lowney, Alan McCabe, Darren McCann, Anto McGuinness, Andrew Hageman, Noel Barrett (Captain), Mark Gibson, David Shanley, Daniel Moriarty, Keith Richardson, Austin McCann, Barry Kelly, Ciaran Dunne, Gregory Porzega, Gary McCormack, Steven Nolan. Technical Staff: Liam Kelly (Manager), Paul Lumsden (Assistant) Duane Crean (Coach) Gary McCormack (Goalkeeper Coach)