Leinster Junior Cup Final
Weston III 4 (Enda Tucker 2, Jon Long 2) Mullingar II 2 (Peter Collins 2) A four-goal, first half blitz handed Weston III their second Leinster Junior Cup as they got the better of Mullingar II at Serpentine Avenue last Sunday, over-turning two league defeats at the hands of the same opponents this term. It handed coach Ivan Walpole his first cup medal after three final setbacks in recent years.
The ‘gar started in decent fashion, earning an early couple of corners only for Barry Gilmartin to race off his line quickest to block any impending shots.
And, after that early scare, the Lucan side began to dominate proceedings with Jon Long, Enda Tucker and Neil O’Donnell controlling proceedings in midfield.
Long earned a corner in the 12th minute which Tucker duly dragged home and he bagged his second with a similarly spectacular corner effort, rising the ball into the netting.
The former Glenanne man turned provider for the third goal, still inside the first 25 minutes when he drove an excellent ball into the circle for Long to deflect home.
During this time, both Stephen Matthews and Glen Parnell had been sin-binned and while Matthews had returned to the action, Weston took advantage of their one-man advantage when good approach work from Shay Cowman found Long in the circle who finished well, rounding Paddy Kenny and slotting home.
Mullingar fought back manfully in the second half, inspired by Derek Mulligan’s interval words, with Jim Bob Baker getting plenty of ball down the right. Colin Watters was sin-binned in the 47th minute but, in his absence, Peter Collins netted from the Westmeath side’s first shot on target.
And with five minutes left, Collins got his second following a goal-mouth scramble.
* Words with thanks to Derek Tucker and Fergus Walls; Pictures thanks to Carl Froese, for more pics, click here