Wednesday 23 October 2019

Coolgreany, Moyne and Bree claim cup honours

Bree United’s player of the match Shona Spratt-Murphy with referee Nicky Hart and Martin Cahill (League Secretary)
Bree United’s player of the match Shona Spratt-Murphy with referee Nicky Hart and Martin Cahill (League Secretary)
Moyne Rangers after adding the Nolan Health and Fitness Cup to their recent league title
Jubilant Bree United displays the spoils of success

Coolgreany Celtic 4, Kilmore United 1: This Michelle Coleman Cup final was much closer than the scoreline suggests although divisional champions Coolgreany Celtic were eventual deserving winners mainly due to their clinical finishing.

Celtic opened the scoring through captain, and eventual player of the match, Natalie Cushe, but Kilmore bounced back with an equalising goal from Katrina Parrock just before half-time.

However, a strong second-half performance from Coolgreany saw them lift the cup, courtesy of goals from Deirdre Healy, Karen O'Toole and Stephanie Hallahan.

Kilmore will be disappointed by the margin of the scoreline but can be proud of their performance, and Coolgreany showed they are a team well capable of holding their own in next season's Premier Division.

League Secretary Martin Cahill presented the cup and player of the match award to Coolgreany captain Natalie Cushe as her club won this trophy for a record third time.

Moyne Rangers 2, Seaview United 'B' 2 (AET, Moyne won 8-7 on penalties):

These sides played out a thrilling Nolan Health and Fitness Cup final before Moyne Rangers eventually lifted the cup after a sudden death penalty shoot-out.

Moyne came into the game as unbeaten divisional champions and started well when Megan O'Shea gave them the lead early in the first-half, but Seaview battled back into the game and levelled through Ciara Nolan.

Aoibheann Ryan put Seaview ahead midway through the second-half and it looked like they might be about to upset the league champions until Megan O'Shea popped up with five minutes remaining to make it 2-2.

Extra-time saw no further goals and the game went to sudden death penalties before Moyne eventually edged out a brave Seaview side 8-7.

Moyne 'keeper Ciara Morrissey picked up the player of the match award while Seaview would like to take this opportunity to thank sponsors Sincon Engineering and wish Lisa Doyle well as she moves away to take up a new job.

Bree United 2, All Blacks 0:

These teams produced an entertaining Boland Carpets Cup final before Bree United lifted the cup after they overcame divisional champions All Blacks 2-0.

Bree hit a good run of form in the second-half of the season which saw them pull away from relegation and book their place in the cup final.

They brought that form into this final and looked strong right from the kick-off, making life difficult for the league champions and taking the lead through Oilbhe Raftery just before half-time.

All Blacks went in search of an equaliser in the second-half but the Bree defence held firm and they put the game out of reach when Lauren Sinnott scored midway through the second-half.

Bree midfielder Shonagh Spratt-Murphy picked up the player of the match award and the league would like to thank St. Leonards for the use of their facilities which were in excellent condition for this cup final double-header.

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