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LFL CHARLIE O’LEARY CUP FINAL

KNOCKLYON’S NEVER SAY DIE ATTITUDE DELIVERS A STUNNING DIVIDEND

KNOCKLYON UNITED…….4 RAHENY UNITED……….2

KNOCKLYON UNITED came from two goals down to stun Raheny United in the LFL Charlie O’Leary Cup final at Whitehall on Sunday.

Raheny were cruising at two-nil up and looking good value for their advantage – but that was before the southside club staged a remarkable comeback to snatch the cup with a stunning final quarter.

Some excellent management decisions along with Raheny United having a player red-carded was the catalyst for the most unlikely of comebacks, but credit the green and white hoops who continued to commit bodies forward in an attempt to salvage something from the occasion.

On the league front Raheny had recorded an early 3-1 away victory while more recently the sides shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw in St Anne’s Park

The trophy on offer is named after the legendary Charlie O’Leary and the 98-year old was an honoured guest at Home Farm yesterday – some 50 years and a day after he refereed the 1972 FAI Cup final when Miah Dennehy netted a hat-trick for Cork Hibernians against Waterford in front of 22,500 spectators.

The sending off with 20 minutes to go yesterday proved so costly for Raheny – leading 2-1 at the time, they conceded three late goals as Knocklyon turned the game in their favour to cap a genuinely dramatic comeback.

The game was a credit to the Leinster Football League who have built a strong presence at under 20 in grassroots football and along with O’Leary, league president Tony O’Dowd, Honorary Secretary Paul Henderson and league management official Sean Hatch were all in attendance on the day along with an appreciate attendance who witnessed a dramatic and highly entertaining final.

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