KILNAMANAGH CLINCH JUNIOR SHIELD AS ITA’S FAIL TO SHINE
KILNAMANAGH AFC…… 2 ST. ITA’S……………0
Kilnamanagh FC (LSL) and St. Ita’s (AUL) arrived to a sunny Whitehall to contest the Leinster Junior Shield final this afternoon in front of a large crowd.
One hundred and seventy-nine teams set out in this year’s renewal and in the end it was Kilnamanagh who picked up the great old trophy.
Neither team, I would suggest, were able to produce the flair associated but I suppose it was down to two outstanding back-four combinations rather than the lack of creativity.
Ita’s carved out the first opening on six but Sean Collins’ low effort was deflected away for a corner. The feeling-out process was lengthy and on the half-hour mark Shane McGuire went on a mazy run that ended in the box when he was confronted by big Tosh Heaney.
By DERMOT CLARKE
Two later an excellent free-kick from Ciaran Lyons dipped just a fraction to late and was inches over the bar.On 39 Luke Harmon fed Scott Hughes but Niall Manton got down well to save his effort and after a half of meaty challenges the sides went in tied at zilch and referee Glen Geraghty had six phone numbers in his book.
In the 6th minute of the second half Craig Fallon wriggled his way into space inside the box but his effort lacked the pace to trouble Manton.
On the hour mark Dave Butler sent in talisman Ben Corcoran in the hope that he had recovered from his hamstring problem and that he might unlock the Kilnamanagh defence.
On 65 however The junction 10 boys took the lead. From a corner on the left the ball was recycled and fell to Tadhg Ward on the right edge. He hared to the byline and squared for Nathan Casswell to thump home.
Matters worsened for The Saints when the had a man dismissed on 75 and with three remaining Kilnamanagh doubled the advantage.
Ward got in behind and rolled the ball across the six-yard line to Kyle Fox and, though Manton got a glove on his effort Ward was there to put it to bed and pick up the man-of-the-match award.
Ita’s continued to fight on and Corcoran almost got one back when his free-kick was touched onto the crossbar and out for a corner by Andrew McCarton.
From the corner John Scott went oh so close with a headed effort. The day though belonged to Kilnamanagh the deserved winners. Ita’s, having won their AUL division are still in a couple of cups and Dave Butler’s boys can be proud of a wonderful campaign. A word too for the officials referee Glen Geraghty and his assistants Mick Lynch, Wocjiech Ponarad and Sarah Dyas who handled a feisty affair particularly well.
Kilnamanagh FC: Andrew McCarton, Andrew McGibney, James Brazil, Jamie Daly, Jason Lonegan, Shane McGuire, Glen Collins, Scott Hughes, Dwayne McGinn, Craig Fallon, Tadhg Ward. Subs: Kyle Fox, David O’Reilly, Graham Moran, Stephen Murphy, Luke Harmon, Gary Foy, Nathan Casswell.
St. Ita’s FC: Niall Manton, David O’Mahoney, Brian Regan, John Scott, Tosh Heaney, Sean Kelly, Ciaran Lyons, David Richards, Eric Harrold, Bobby Kelly, Sean Collins. Subs: Eric Martin, Kenny Byrne, Cian O’Toole, Ben Corcoran, Alan McGrath, Niall Tormey, Darragh Hanrahan.
Referee: Glen Geraghty. Assistants: Michael Lynch, Wocjiech Ponarad, Sarah Dyas(4th).