No back to back AOH’S for Cartwheel as Celtic hit 6
Nwery AOH Final
Newry Celtic 6 Cartwheel United 1
No back-to-back AOH Cup FINAL wins for Cartwheel United. Newry Celtic used all their experience and guile on Jennings Park on Friday night to overcome the holders, in a final that finished pretty much one-sided. Cartwheel from the 1st Division were out to make history, having won the final last season against Newry Celtic, the Crossmaglen side were hoping and believing that they could yet again take the scalp off the Dromalane side.
Unfortunately this final never really wakened up, Celtic had a goal disallowed after seven minutes, Stephen Lowry straying into an offside position before finishing sweetly.
But five minutes later they did find the mark, Celtic’s pressure had the Cartwheel defence all at sea, but the ‘Wheelers seem to have contained, but Tony Byrne’s clearance rebounded off the back of the Stephen Lowry and back into the empty net.
The Celts were now up and running, Colm Fegan should have done better but fired wide of the back post. But on twenty-eight minutes Cartwheel were given a glorious opportunity to get back into the game, Ryan Conlon’s long ball split the Celt defence, Rory O’Connor charging through the middle, held off a tame challenge from Lonnie Larkin, got clear, but from eight yards lifted his shot wide of the advancing Barry McParland’s left hand post.
The holders were now making their presence felt, taking a superb save from Barry McParland to push a Johnny Murtagh shot round the post.
The Cartwheel were creating the chances, and were getting closer by the minute.
Eleven minutes from the interval, Johnny Murtagh broke into the Celtic eighteen yard box, went down under a challenge, referee Dessie Kavanagh waved play on, but a minute later notified by his assistant Chris Smith, the referee then pointed to the penalty spot.
Unfortunately for the ‘Wheelers, Murtagh’s spot-kick was superbly saved by Barry McParland in the Celtic goals, the ‘keeper going down to his right to grab the ball at his post.
In many ways that about ended the Cartwheel effort, the Celts built up a momentum, Stephen Wylie to be named Player of the Final fired low into the Cartwheel net in the 38th and the half ended with a third goal for the Celts, Ronan Byrne with five minutes of the period remaining.
The Celts started the second half in gallop, Steven Daly with a neat free-kick that Stephen Ogle got his hands to, but the ‘Wheelers ‘keeper was unable to keep out.
James Coyle pulled one back for the Crossmaglen side in the 67th minute, finishing off a headed pass from substitute Gareth Doyle
This was no more than a nuisance retort from the Cartwheel, the Celts had the game practically in the bag and they added two further goals from Shane Burns, who latched onto a long clearance from his goalkeeper Barry McParland, the ball bounced over the Cartwheel defence, Byrne reacted the quickest, was sharpest to flash the ball into the back of the empty net. Minutes later the Celts completed the scoring with Stephen Daly getting his second of the game to end the holders agony.
After the final Charlie Casey representing the Newry AOH Cup, presented the Man of the Match award to Celtic’s Stephen Wylie and before presenting the AOH Cup final trophy to the winners, Charlie thanked the Carnbane League for inviting him to the final and to make the presentation. “This is the 49th year of the Newry AOH Cup”, he said, and that he claimed to have played in one of the quarter final games years ago, didn’t say which year though.
Charlie then presented the AOH Cup to captain of Newry Celtic Lonnie Larkin, as the winners made up for last season big time.
Newry Celtic line-out Barry McParland, Darren Edgar, Lonnie Larkin [Captain], Keith Moan, Kieran McCann, Stephen Wylie, Brian Dillon, Stephen Lowry, Stephen Daly, Colm Fegan, Rowan Byrne. Substitutes. Ryan Evans, Caolan Moan, Gary Linnie, Paddy Daly, Shane Burns
Cartwheel United line-out Stephen Ogle, Anthony Martin, Chris Rowland, Kyle Reid [captain] Tony Byrne, Jason Kieran, Cathal McGlade, Ryan Conlon, James Coyle, John Murtagh, Rory O’Connor. Substitutes
Mickey Donnelly, Aidan Dolan, Gareth Doyle, Vilivs Vi, Sean McConville
Referee Dessie Kavanagh, Assistants-Paul McLaughlin, Chris Smith.