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Mighty Marco the Harding hero as VEC treble bid blunted by late, late strike!

Premier Division Shield Final.

VEC……………………… 0 Harding IF……………………….. 1

A late, late Marco Fratamgeli goal was enough to see Harding IF claim the Premier Division Shield on Saturday against a triple chasing VEC.

By Ed SCANNELL

Having already secured a league and couple double, VEC certainly would have been heading into the final as favorites, but Harding had other ideas, and set about from the start to deny the blues securing the treble with Niall Flynn and Marco Fratamgeli going close in the early stages.

There was half an hour gone on the watch before VEC really troubled the Harding goal, with Pat Meghen’s glancing header clipping the crossbar, while a minute later James McGauran’s effort wasn’t to far off the mark following Aidan Hyland’s cross.

Harding IF v VEC Harding IF captain Brian O’Regan is presented with the Premier Division shield by Noel Fitzroy. Photos by E.Scannell 01/06/19

A free kick by Seamus Staunton was just over the bar as the half drew to an end, while again it was VEC who went closest to finding an opener early in the second half when Hyland’s shot curled just wide following some good play by Meghen and McGauran.

Harding IF v VEC Match officials: Gilbert Smart, Joe Hanlon and Paul Lang. Photos by E.Scannell 01/06/19

As the half wore on Harding began to press, perhaps sensing one goal might be enough with efforts by Fratamgeli and Eric Walsh not to far off finding the net, but just as it looked like the game would be heading for extra time, a foul by VEC’s Fiachra Spellman gave Harding a free kick on the edge off the box, and it was left up to the Man of the Match Marco Fratamgeli to curl a beautiful ball into the top corner of the net, and in doing so leave VEC’s dream of a treble on hold for another season.

Harding IF v VEC Harding IF celebrate after Saturday’s 1-0 win over VEC. Photos by E.Scannell 01/06/19

VEC: Davy Frewen, Peter O’Brien, Gavin Murphy, Neal Breslin, Conall O’Shaughnessy, Michael Kinsella, Ray Jaudzems, Seamus Staunton, Tom Wrynne, Aidan Hyland, Pat Meghen, Steve Quinn, Eoin Ferry, Andy Myler, James McGauran, Jack Nolan.

Harding IF: Vahan Rchrakian, Eric Walsh, Fiachra Spellman, Brian O’Regan, Eoin Brickley, Sean Bonner, Shane Lyons, Daragh Hopkins, Niall Flynn, Bobby Haughton, Gianmarcco Fratamgeli, Colin O’Shea, Paul Kilfeather, Stephen Keegan, Marcus Parsley, Karl Tapper, Jonathan Rafferty.

Officials: Joe Hanlon, Gilbert Smart and Paul Lang

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