Tuesday, May 4, 2010

O'Leary double secures Galtrim glory

Galtrim Cup Final
Glenanne 1 Monkstown 2 (Sam O'Leary 2)

Monsktown added the Galtrim Cup to their list of honours this season as they beat a tough Glenanne outfit by a single goal at Grange Road last Thursday night.

The nature of the Galtrim cup always makes for a compelling competition and this proved no different with both sides having a good mixture of youth and experience – especially with Lee Cole making his adult debut in a cup final.

Monkstown started the tie without a goalkeeper at the 6pm tip-off time but managed to circumvent the problem by staying on the attack for the opening quarter.

And, with Padraig Ryan now between the posts, Sam O’Leary broke the deadlock taking a bouncing ball on his open side and turned strongly to drive into the circle.

Having appeared to make the angle too difficult, O’Leary released a venomous shot that rippled the net.

Glenanne responded early in the second half and were much more effective, forcing Ryan into several decent saves. Monsktown, however, represented a greater goal threat and fired a warning shot from Conor Stephens, whose effort was disallowed, deemed to be from outside the area.

The winner, though, came a few minutes later when O’Leary again opened the defence playing two one-twos into the circle before rifling home his second.

There was enough time for Ryan to be called into action again as he pulled off a fine save from a Glen’s drag-flick in the dying moments to secure the 2-1 win.

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