REAL TUBBER……0 MCR…..1
Sean Fallon Park Cranmore was the setting for this SIS PITCHES Super Plate Final.
MCR were hosts to South Sligo warriors Real Tubber and the setting was perfect with the pitch in superb condition a fantastic crowd on a beautiful summers evening it had all the ingredients of a great game.
BY NOEL KENNEDY
Both teams did not disappoint with a very fast tempo from the start it was all out attack. Real Tubber were fast on the break with Matthew Mulhern causing all types of problems for MCR with his pace.
Real Tubber looked to have taken a lead on twenty two minutes when a volley from Aaron Perry was heading for the back of the MCR net but Gary McCartney was on hand to execute a brilliant goal line clearance and MCR escaped.
Both sides continued to probe and four minutes later MCR’s Bradley Fowley controlled the ball in the Real Tubber six yard box and his effort went in of the upright past Griffin Gallagher in the Real Tubber goals.
MCR were now in control and their defence was superbly marshalled by captain Gary Rooney with the hard running Gary McCartney Paul Devins, Keith Gilmartin and Paul Lynch forming a ring of steel around the MCR defence.
The second half seen Real Tubber fire everything they had at MCR but they found the MCR net minder Tony Clarke in outstanding form taking of several outstanding saves during the course of the game.
Real Tubber added the legend Raff Cretaro to the team for the last twelve minutes after he journeyed all the way back from Drogheda for the game and his presence lifted the Real Tubber lads but despite this this MCR remained solid.
Then with the last kick off the game a twenty five yard thunderbolt was unleashed by Seimidh O Baoighill that was just inches wide of the MCR net and that was the last chance of the game for Real Tubber as minutes later the final whistle blew and MCR captured the SIS Super Plate Trophy.
Congratulations to both sides players, Management and supporters on a great final with a special word of thanks to MCR’s Garry Funston and Real Tubber’s Gerard Henry for their tremendous work behind the scenes for their respective clubs.