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McGrath the hero for Broombridge as Whitehall fall in AUL Unidare Cup tie


BROOMBRIDGE UNITED edged out Whitehall Celtic with a solitary second half strike to advance in the AUL Unidare Cup at the Bogies in Cabra on Saturday afternoon.

Alan McGrath’s 77th minute goal was all that separated this evenly contested match and while Broombridge found a match winner in central defender McGrath, Whitehall will rue several opportunities off a host of corners that they simply could not convert into goals. 


That said, Broombridge were technically better and their movement and pace up front off Dale Mulhall, Daragh Maguire was a constant worry for the green and white hoops and Denis Carroll, Don Cummins and John Redmond had to be alert to stem the Broombridge strike force.

 Broombridge was the lighter of the two sides and quick ball movement was their best approach while a more physical Whitehall were looking to engage in a little bit more ‘trench warfare’. 

  Whitehall had an exceptional player at right-full in McArthur Ifyawuchi who had an excellent game, showed tremendous awareness and lightning fast pace. Remarkably, manager Sean Redmond revealed it was his first time to play in the position as he is normally a winger. 

On 13 minutes Broombridge came within an ace of opening the scoring when Maguire clipped the Whitehall crossbar off a freekick from the edge of the box and then McArthur mopped up a dangerous moment when Mulhall threatened to go clear on goal with only netminder Sam Sheridan in the visitors’ goal to beat. 

On 20 minutes Darren Campbell’s rising shot gave Whitehall their first real sight of goal but Dylan Bassett in the Broombridge goal was untroubled. 

Josh McGuinness and Lee McKay worked extremely hard for their team in the Broombridge engine room as did Paul Mullins and Shane McCann for the visitors – the net effect both sides cancelling each other out despite the honest endeavors of all concerned.

 Sensible refereeing from Stephen Domican kept the flow of the game ticking along  and McArthur came to his side’s rescue on the half hour mark when a perfectly timed tackle dispossessed Mulhall just as he was about to fire on goal. Ben Lynam picked up a yellow card on the hour mark for Whitehall as the still deadlocked game was coming nicely to the boil. 

Whitehall introduced Graham White on 67 minutes and immediately he impacted the game with some clever touches and running off the ball but Broombridge were beginning to ask more questions of Whitehall Celtic and a desire to make it a winning start in their new Downey’s of Cabra sponsored kit.

 “Eugene in Downey’s generously stepped in to sponsor the playing kit and we’re delighted with how it turned out,” said Broombridge’s Paul Henderson after the match. “Everyone at the club is grateful to Eugene and it was great to get the debut win in the Downey’s kit.”

The winner came from defender McGrath who posed a threat off set pieces for Broombridge on several occasions but Whitehall will be disappointed as the corner ball dropped to his feet before he fired through several players between himself and the unsighted Sam Sheridan in goal

.From the time Broombridge scored until the final whistle Whitehall had the better of the chances as they committed bodies forward in search of an equaliser.

White came close with a couple of headers and in a final flurry Celtic won two well placed freekicks which saw Celtic netminder Sam  Sheridan join the action upfield in a last ditch attempt to salvage the match, 

An excellent encounter that was in the balance right to the very end, but Broombridge just about deserved to advance.

 BROOMBRIDGE UNITED: Dylan Bassett; Sean Lambe, Shane Byrne, Cormac Geraghty, Alan McGrath, Josh McGuinness, Darragh Maguire, Lee McKay, Dale Mulhall, Carl Sinnott, Denis Carroll. Subs: Jordan Quinn, Vinicius Bravhius, Matthew Sweeney, Manu Cristobal, Daniel McAuliffe

WHITEHALL CELTIC: Sam Sheridan; McArthur Ifawuchi , Pablo Cordeo, Don Cummins, John Redmond, Paul Mullins, Sean Jordan, Shane McCann, Tolu, Gary Owens, Darren Campbell. Subs: Cormac Sheridan, Ben Lynch, Sean Duffy, Graham White. 

Referee: Stephen Domican.  

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