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IT’S DONAGH AND DUSTED FOR THE TRINITY MEN AS NORTH A AFL TITLE IS SECURED

DIVISION A NORTH: TRINITY DONAGHMEDE 2-0 MOUNTVIEW

Trinity hosted Mountview last evening in Clongriffin and after a victory in the reverse fixture last week they needed just a point to clinch the Amateur Football League A North title. 

The reason I was there?  Well I was told about it and I went for a pint to help celebrate after, because I was invited.  Simple as.

They set out like a house on fire did the home team and after Martyn Moore had gone close on 8 and an Ian ‘Lippo’ Ivory free-kick had gone inches over four later, they took the lead midway through the half.

By DERMOT CLARKE

A cross from the right caused confusion and got caught somewhere around the chest area of both central defenders.  Ivory nipped in to crash an unstoppable volley to the net.

There wasn’t a whole lot from Mountview in the first period despite the foraging of David Farrell up top and with 10 left the home side had a goal chalked off when Darren Keogh saved from Ivory and Mark Ludlow headed home but the ‘keeper had control of the ball.

The visitors raised their game substantially in the second half as they pushed for a leveller.  Trevor Macken with a scud from way out right on 55 that dipped just a little too late.

Midway through the half though the title anxious Trinity score the clincher.  A decent move begun by Ivory again, Eddie Ryan brought it forward and fed Ludlow out left.  In the box there were a couple of Moores waiting for his cross.  Warren took responsibility and controlled before firing home.

Mountview refused to lie down and towards the end Conor Daly’s replacement in nets Collie Blanche, pulled off a couple of flying saves.  Collie Blanche a replacement for Conor Daly??? Really!

Anyway with 9 left Farrell almost got the goal his performance merited when he met a Kenny Cullen cross from the right but Blanche flew to his right to save, then right at the death Stephen Herbert played a one-two with Farrell and Blanche rose into the air to somehow tip his thundering effort onto the crossbar.

Trinity though were convincing winners of the game and the title.  Keith Bruen, looking fitter than ever I have to say, has taken to coaching alongside Tommy Haughey.  This title win however only goes a fraction of the way to repaying Wayne Dunphy for the sterling work he has done for the club over the years.

  Oh and by the way Conor Daly, I was only joking!

Trinity Donaghmede:  Conor Daly, Warren Moore, Ian Hanley, Paul Quinn, Stephen Ward, Thomas Harford, Keith O’Neill, Martyn Moore, Ian Hanley, Mark Ludlow, Eddie Ryan, Colin Blanche, Paul Larkin, Keith Bruen, Keith Maher, Danny Ludlow, Paddy Warren, Francis Matthews.

Mountview: Darren Keogh, Trevor Macken, Stephen Ryan, Joe Sweeney, Robert Cunningham, Dan Fitzgerald, Keith Molyneux, Darren Ward, David Farrell, Jason Kinch, Tom Martin, Kenny Cullen, Stephen Herbert, David Macken, Mark Byrne.

Referee: Michael Lynch.

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