There was heartbreak for Boyle Celtic on Sunday last as City United defeated them to claim the Sup League title by the narrowest of margins from Boyle who pushed them all the way.
The stage for the showdown was at the superbly appointed Celtic Park Boyle and a massive crowd descended on the ground to watch the unbeaten Boyle Celtic take on the challenge of defending Champions City United. A win for either side would ensure the title was theirs while a draw would see it go to the wire in the last game for City United at home to St John’s.
Celtic Park was buzzing with excitement and the atmosphere inspired both teams to deliver a classic. Half time came with both sides level as a Gareth Kelly special gave City the lead before ace marksman Niall Brennan levelled matters.
The second half was 10 minutes old when Dessie Carlos broke for Boyle and his effort was superbly saved by Martin Ward in the City goal.
Neither side were prepared to give any quarter and City’s defence were dominant. Paddy Conlon, Aaron Murrin, and Conor McNulty was immense while Ross McLoughlin covered every blade of grass on the pitch.
The game was decided 20 minutes from the end when the ball fell to the feet of Lee Marshall and his beautiful cushioned lob left keeper Kyle Suffin with no chance and the ball nestled in the far corner for a glorious goal.
Boyle Celtic showed their mettle and fought back gamely and with three minutes remaining it could have been all square a corner from the right came into the penalty area and under pressure Dessie Carlos almost found the net but the day and the glory belonged to City United.
In the Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup played at the Ray Mac Sharry Complex, Coolaney United and Arrow Harps locked horns in an exciting game that the Riverstown Boys won by the odd goal in three. Coolaney United took an early lead with a Paul Baker special and once again Dylan Edwards was on hand to net a fine equaliser. Than early in the second half it was that man again Dylan Edwards who cracked home a stunning goal past Mark Rogers to give the lead to Arrow Harps. Both midfields then took over with no quarter asked or given with Noel Crowley and Johnny Baker in top form for harps while Martin Devaney Anthony Walsh and Paul Farren worked hard for Coolaney but on the day the Riverstown Boys proved the stronger side and in the end they deservedly lifted the Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup.
On Wednesday night Real Tubber with a hat-trick from Fabio Creataro aided and abetted with strikes from Fergal McDonagh, Gerard Henry and Dermot Walsh rounded off their championship winning season in style against a very strong Glenview Stars who replied twice through Clive Brennan. The Sligo Pallets Premier League Trophy was presented to Real Tubber immediately after the match while Glenview Stars must win their last game against Dromore Villa this coming Wednesday night to claim runners-up spot.
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