Treble tops on the double for Gutu and Galty Celtic
It wasn't just about football when the O'Neills Leinster Football League staged two finals yesterday -- it was also about respecting the rights of others.
The ethos of the LFL was demonstrated in the way it presented the unique and inaugural 'Show Racism the Red Card' cup final between International FC and Dynamo Dublin FC.
Both clubs are mostly made up of people who have moved to live in Ireland in recent times.
The trophy was sponsored by O'Neills and a big effort was made to ensure that the occasion was made memorable for all. On the field of play Dynamo Dublin proved best with a resounding 5-2 win.
"We hope this new cup will enable clubs, players and supporters to develop good relationships and respect the difference between people regardless of ethnicity," explained LFL official Mark Breen.
Yesterday was also memorable for Galty Celtic who added the Mitten Cup to the Dalton and Sheeran they have already won with 2-1 defeat of Rialto.
In the Show Racism the Red Card showdown skipper Artem Klisch put Dynamo Dublin 1-0 before International FC equalised to leave it 1-1 at the break.
Dynamo Dublin moved up a gear after the break and three superbly hit hat-trick from Aleksandr Gutu sealed the win for the side managed by Vasil Saly.
Gutu's second strike was a sublime effort that dipped and moved to completely outwit the FC Internationale goalkeeper as the ball rocketed to the back of the net from all of 40 yards
Not surprisingly Aleksandr Gutu was picked out as his team's man of the match as his second half-treble finally killed off ther opposition.
In fairness to Internationale they squandered a couple of decent chances but did pull one back from the penalty spot late on, but on the day, they had to give second best to a well drilled Dynamo team.
This was the first trophy won by Dynamo Dublin a team made up of players mostly from Eastern Europe.
"The team trained really hard to win this trophy, they put a lot of effort in and today it paid off, we put everything on this game. The players and management did a great job," said a delighted Dynamo Dublin chairman Victor Ilnitskyy afterwards.
It was celebration time for Galty also and their manager Brendan Dempsey as they completed a brilliant treble.
Kenneth Carr scored Galty Celtic's first goal from a penalty spot while Barry O'Hanlon netted the winner when he latched onto a knock on from Robbie Kinsella.
Damien Mullen in the middle of the park was exceptional for Galty who used all their experience to deny Rialto an opportuity to get back into the game.
"This was another brilliant performance from the lads, the win finished off a great season for us," added Brendan Dempsey now surely a strong candidate for the 'manager of the season' accolade.