Buncrana Credit Union Cup Final

Buncrana Credit Union Cup  Final

Cockhill Youths                  1

Greencastle  FC                 3

Greencastle completed a clean sweep of trophies  with this come from behind victory over a very gallant Cockhill Youths. Cockhill actually opened the scoring in the first minute after

Christopher Duffy collected a throw in on the right and evaded a tackle before spreading a pass across the area to Mark McDaid who slotted a superb effort first time past Dylan Doherty and into the bottom right hand corner. But Greencastle hit back within minutes after a Shaun Doherty free found the unmarked Matthew Henry who headed past Kyle Dougal from twelve yards. Greencastle dominated possession for long spells and Doherty had another long range effort saved by the back pedalling Dougal before Dougal denied James Henry and then  Ciaran Moore saw an effort deflected over the bar. They continued to press and after a good move James Henry had an effort well saved by Dougal before a curling Matthew Henry effort just cleared the angle of post and bar.Nigel McMonagle then saw an effort clip the top of the bar before the same player got on the end of a Michael Barr header but again Dougal saved. In a rare break Keegan Hegarty for Cockhill seized on a poor clearance but drove over from twenty five yards. Just before half time McMonagle fired across goal and inches wide while on the stroke of half time Matthew Henry was denied by a brilliant block from Adam McCarron.  Greencastle started the second period the better and took the lead on 47 minutes when James Henry beat the advancing Dougal to a through ball and squared to McMonagle who laid it across for Ciaran Moore to slot low into the corner from eight yards. Shortly after Matthew Henry saw a twenty yards free kick tipped onto the bar by Dougal before the defence cleared. Cockhill had a decent spell then with Darragh Mc Dermott and Ronan McLaughlin seeing long range efforts saved by Doherty. Greencastle replied though on 70 minutes with James Henry laying the ball off to McMonagle whose curling effort was brilliantly tipped over by Dougal. Cockhill created a bit of panic on 78 minutes when Odhran O’Brien-Daly got a touch on a free kick ahead of Dylan Doherty but Greencastle hacked  the loose ball clear. A poor back pass at the other end saw Dougals clearance blocked by substitute Christy Hegarty but the ball rolled wide. The premier division champions sealed the cup on 89 minutes after Shaun Doherty played a one two with James Henry on the edge of the area and unleashed a cracking effort which crashed off the bar where another substitute Conor Gillen powerfully headed the rebound home. Cockhill had the final chance with McDaid’s free headed over by Christopher Duffy at the back post.

Pictured Right Sean Mc Meniman Buncrana Credit Union Presents the Credit Union Cup to Mark Henry Greencastle Captain

Man of the Match

For Cockhill Adam McCarron, Christopher Duffy and keeper Kyle Dougal all had very good games and for Greencastle  James Henry, Nigel McMonagle and Michael Barr were excellent. But the award on the night goes to central midfielder Shaun Doherty whose long range passing was superb and contributed two assists on the night.