Floodlit final victories for the Ballincollig and Cobh Wanderers Over 35s

Floodlit final victories for the Ballincollig and Cobh Wanderers Over 35s
The Ballincollig Over 35 team that defeated Leeds in the MSL Floodlit Cup final.

Ballincollig 2 Leeds 0

THERE were two Beamish Stout MSL Floodlit finals at Moneygourney with Ballincollig lifting the cup and denying Leeds three in a row and Cobh Wanderers capturing the shield.

Ballincollig and Leeds are both chasing league success also, with a top-four play-off to come, and the clubs could yet meet again before the season is out. and it was Collig who drew first blood in the cup clash on Monday.

This was an enjoyable match, with favourites Leeds dominating in terms of possession but Ballincollig, led by Man of the Match Richie O'Regan and Anthony Ryan in defence in front of sharp keeper John Noonan, holding firm and hitting the key goals through Rob Quinn and Mickey Ryan.

Striker Stuart Howard had two assists, both perfectly weighted passes into the box.

Sean O'Sullivan, MSL, presents the Man of Match award to Richie O'Regan, Ballincollig
Sean O'Sullivan, MSL, presents the Man of Match award to Richie O'Regan, Ballincollig

A minutes’ silence was held prior to the commencement for the late sports journalist and referee Pat McAuliffe, who died suddenly last week, and had officiated earlier in this Over 35s campaign.

Quinn had a decent early shot for the Collig but Leeds were knocking the ball about with purpose. Former League of Ireland attacker Dave Warren did well to keep the ball in play before crossing, but Barry McCarthy was just unable to connect with his shot properly.

Jason Yelverton hit the post from a free with the hard-running Olly Cunningham going close with a drilled strike on the rebound.

The opener came midway through the first half, Howard releasing Quinn, who clinically finished.

Leeds had plenty of the ball in the attacking third but couldn't really break down Ballincollig, even if a series of swirling corners came close to curling all the way to the net. They brought on Greg Yelverton and Willie O'Brien but the longer the second half went on the more frustrated they became.

Collig sub Podsie O'Mahony, the former Cork footballer, cleared a number of long deliveries in the closing stages and one released Colin Barrett. His pass to Howard was fed on to Mickey Ryan for the killer second goal. 

It was a first success for Ballincollig at Over 35s for a number of years and a reflection of the effort John Kelleher and Damien Murphy put into assembling a good squad this season.

BALLINCOLLIG: John Noonan; Kevin Kerstein, Fergal Keohane, Michael O'Brien, Richie O’Regan, Rob Quinn, Mickey Ryan, Colin Barrett, John Kelly, Stuart Howard, Shane Dwyer.

Subs: Podsie O’Mahony, Anthony Ryan, Éamonn Murphy, John Kelleher, Eoin Walsh.

LEEDS: Damien Byrne; Tadgh Coleman, Jason Yelverton, Mike Warren, Adrian Homan, Paddy Martins, Olly Cunningham, Brian Wall, Dave Warren, Donal Warren, Barry McCarthy.

Subs: Garreth O’Donovan, Greg Yelverton, Willie O’Brien, Brian Johnston, Sean Concannon, Damien Hamilton.

Referee: Tadg Goggin.

Floodlit Shield winners Cobh Wanderers.
Floodlit Shield winners Cobh Wanderers.

St Mary’s 1 Cobh Wanderers 1

(Cobh win 4-2 on penalties)

THE Beamish Stout Floodlit Shield final was decided by a shootout, after a competitive clash.

St Mary’s scored early on after Liam Eager broke free on the edge of the box.

Mary’s knocked the ball around well in the opening half and there was a purpose to their play on numerous occasions.

Cobh kept pushing for an equaliser and Brian O’Rourke went close twice. Paul Geasley fired over the crossbar following a free kick.

Geasley got the leveller in the second half with the necessary touch to stab the ball home following a scramble in the box.

Following a late flurry forward by Mary’s, Cobh keeper Jason Greene made a fine save from a well-taken effort by Gary Aherne.

Soon after Cobh's Jimmy Quinlan and Jason Cronin were unable to get the desired touch to put the ball home.

During the shootout, Wanderers held their nerve to come out on top.

Tommy Cronin, Paul Geasley and Jonathan O’Mahony were all successful in their efforts from the spot for Wanderers, while Greene made a key save and the winning penalty was converted by Brian O’Rourke.

John Finnegan presents the Beamish Floodlit Shield to Jim Quinlan.
John Finnegan presents the Beamish Floodlit Shield to Jim Quinlan.

This was a good competitive tussle in the main over the duration and both sides contributed to a good encounter.

COBH WANDERERS: Jason Greene; Tom Cronin, Jonathan O’Mahony, Dave Kinsella, Brian O’Rourke, Jimmy Quinlan, Alan Stapleton, Robert O’Keefe, Chris Courtney, Jason Cronin, Paul Geasley.

Subs: Owen Kinsella, Trevor Rowe, Stephen Cronin, Anthony O’Mahony, Peter Horgan, Dwayne Breen.

ST MARY’S: Jamie Boland; Danny Long, John Murphy, Darren O’Mahony, Thomas O’Connor, Keith O’Mahony, Liam Eager, Adrian O’Driscoll, Jon Coker, Gary Aherne, Conor Roche.

Subs: Nick Gore, Glen McCarthy, James Ahern, Martin Lynch, Fergal Manley, David Purcell, Ventsislav Ivanov

Referee: Tahg Goggin.

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