Oscar Traynor Final
Sunday 28th May
Oscar Traynor All Ireland Inter League Trophy Final
Maginn Park 12 noon KO ET & Pens
Inishowen League V Clare League
Paul Duddy assisted by J Coll & M Quinn.
4th Official Vincent McLaughlin
All roads lead to Maginn Park this Sunday when Inishowen attempt to claim their second All Ireland Oscar Traynor trophy in three seasons. Probably the most consistent team in the competition in the latter years Inishowen have been in five successive semi finals and this is their third final in that period. The fact that they face the defending champions Clare means that the two most consistent teams in recent times clash in this final. Inishowen started out this year with a three one win away to Sligo in November before at the end of that month Terence Doherty struck a late winner in a two one win at home to Donegal. A superb second half display saw Inishowen hit seven against Cavan Monaghan and top the group scoring twelve goals in reply to five conceded. In a tough dour game against Roscommon Inishowen recorded a two one win with goals from Terence and Anthony Doherty to set up a home semi final against Limerick.
In another tough close encounter chances were few and far between and it ended scoreless after 90 minutes. When Limerick scored in the first period of extra time it looked as if Inishowen would crash out but in the final attack Terence Doherty popped up to turn a John G McLaughlin header to the net and set up a penalty shootout. Despite missing their first kick Inishowen won four three on penalties to advance to the final. Clare are a formidable side and like Inishowen lost a semi final before they came back and won last years final with a five two win over the Leinster Senior League. They have some quality players especially centre back Stephen Kelly who won the Junior player of the year award and centre forward Eoin Hayes who scored both goals from the penalty spot in their semi final win away in Wexford. Indeed both players are part of the Republic Of Ireland regions cup squad who have qualified for the European Finals. Other prominent players are goalkeeper Barry Ryan, full back Eoin O Brien and midfield players Paddy O’Malley and David McCarthy. All in all it should be another superb occasion and with home advantage Inishowen will be hoping to make it count. Key men for the home side are undoubtedly the experience of the Byrne brothers and John G McLaughlin in defence while in midfield the creativity of Matthew Henry and Brendan McLaughlin will be pivotal as will the efforts of Terence Doherty in attack. Others looking to get the start will be Michael Barr, William Mc Laughlin, DJ Canavan and Ryan Kelly while Shaun Doherty, Gavin Doherty, Dillon Ruddy, Anthony Doherty and Nigel McMonagle will give options in midfield. In goals both Darragh and Kevin McLaughlin have proven their worth this season so far and neither will let the side down. One player who will not feature is Aiden Friel who has been excellent all season but is away while Ferghal Harkin, Kieran Harkin and Shane Canning are on the way back from long term injuries and it remains to be seen if they will feature but they will be given every chance to prove their fitness.
All clubs are asked to get behind the team and give them their support as they attempt to add a second Oscar Traynor title to their collection.