The portents before last Friday’s at United park were not good – a blustery night and a very strong Dundalk team hoping to make amends for their Cup Semi defeat last season. Thankfully United Park (no more hunky please) was a buttimer-free zone and the game was played in good spirits throughout, sensibly refereed by Paul McLaughlin.
Without a great deal of fanfare, Robbie has been quietly assembling his Senior Squad and dealing with other off-field issues, and for the first time in a long number of seasons , the Drogs fielded 9 of last year’s squad with newcomers Daire Doyle and Paul Andrews in midfield and central defence respectively.
The Drogs gave a remarkable performance throughout, with Andrews returning to the Club after a number of years away and slotting beside McNally with great presence on the filed. Two of last year’s squad , Eric Foley and Dotsy, who were ‘not fancied’ by last year’s man gave great performances. But it was mostly a great team performance by the Drogs so irresistable that Dundalk emptied a very strong bench in the second half to almost no avail.
The Drogs took the lead after 20 minutes when Gavin Brennan slipped thriough a static Dundalk defence and we had chances to increase our lead in the second half but he visitors scraped a 93rd minute equaliser to send the game to pennos. It was fitting that Micheal made to crucial save to give us the Cup and it was great to see Eric Foley deservedly take the trophy.
Team : Schlingerman, Daly, Grimes, Andrews, McNally, Doyle, Foley, Brady, O’Neill, Brennan, O’Brien. Subs Crowley, Hughes, Mccann, McGuigan, Walshe, McCann, Connolly.