The Robert Cawley Memorial Cup in its twelfth year was up for grabs at the Ray Mac Sharry Complex on Friday night. In contention two of the Super Leagues top clubs Carbury FC, a City team against Boyle Celtic. On league stats Boyle held the edge with better goals and point difference yet only two weeks ago Carbury inflicted a four one league defeat to Boyle Celtic so it was all to play for.
Robert Cawley Memorial Cup Final
Boyle Celtic 0
Carbury win 4-3 on penalties
Boyle started the brighter with Lee Mc Killen leading the attack and proving a handful for the very talented Paul Devins at the heart of the Carbury defence. Carbury went so close on twenty minutes when Glen Shannon struck from sixteen yards only to see Boyle Celtic Skipper and goal keeper Kyle Suffin make a brilliant save. Both sides were driving forward at every attempt with Luka Roddy, James Carthy and Lee Mc Killen linking up well to put the rearguard of Carbury under the cosh but Paul Flanagan, Andrew Mc Laughlin, Paul Devins and captain fantastic Damien Shannon worked their socks off to stem the tide.
Carbury, when they did break found Boyle Celtic in uncompromising mood with John Connolly and Conor Mc Gowan dominating the centre of defence and covered well on the flanks through Jake Mc Crann and Ciaran Harrington so it came as no real shock when both sides turned around at half time scoreless.
Carbury however suffered a major blow losing captain Damien Shannon to injury to be replaced at the interval by Gary Melly and yet Carbury were soon on the attack. Three minutes into the second half a Neal Mc Kenna free kick into the area was headed clear under pressure by Conor Mc Gowan.
On fifty seven minutes Owen O Donoghue replaced the injured James Carty and O Donohue’s introduction saw Boyle become even more dangerous and yet they were thwarted time and again by the dogged Carbury defence and when breached Stephen Heraughty was unbeatable between the posts for Carbury. Glen Shannon went off injured with twenty five minutes remaining and was replaced by Keith Carthy but despite the best efforts from both sides it remained scoreless after ninety minutes.
Extra time brought little change with both defences dominating and perhaps on the play overall Boyle held the edge but could not capitalize on it and so the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot out with Carbury first to go.
Neal Mc Kenna stepped up to fire home via the upright past Kyle Suffin and then up stepped the big man Stephen Heraughty to make a remarkable safe and put the pressure on Boyle. It was becoming more intense with Carbury cool calm and collective from the spot as Boyle blasted two over and wid.
Carbury missed just the one spot kick and went to lift the Robert Cawley Memorial Cup in fitting fashion. Boyle Celtic were magnificent in defeat as Carbury were in winning.
A very warm presentation by the Cawley Family was acknowledged by all present in rapturous applause, on a night when Carbury and Boyle Celtic showed all that was good about the game of Junior Football.
Carbury: Stephen Heraughty, Paul Flanagan, Andrew Mc Laughlin, Damien Shannon, Paul Devins, Ross Mc Laughlin, Neal Mc Kenna, Colm Jinks, Nigel Hargadon, Glen Shannon, Rory Hargadon, Kearin Brick, Gary Melly, Keith Carty, Conor Rush, Barry Mc Laughlin.
Boyle Celtic: Kyle Suffin, Ciaran Harrington, Jake Mc Crann, John Connolly, Conor Mc Gowan, Lorchan Conboy, Mick Corrigan, Brian Mc Crann, Lee Mc Killen, Luka Roddy, James Carty, Aaron Calpin, Colm Rosh, Owen O Donoghue.
Officials: Paul Kilcoyne Referee Terry Butler and Ray Flynn.