Causeway Chronicle

Damhead win Doherty Cup at first attempt

A Lennon McGill goal in the first half was enough to give Damhead the coveted Doherty Cup at their first attempt in the showcase final at Coleraine Showgrounds.

An estimated attendance of almost a 1,000 spectators watched another thrilling Doherty Cup final at Coleraine Showgrounds as Damhead and St. Clumbas, Portstewart, met in a game littered with opportunities for both teams, but, it was the Doherty Cup debutants who came out on top.

St. Columbs started brightly with a series of attacks on the Damhead goal without much success. The swirling wind out on the pitch saw the ball run out of play frequently.

No doubt St. Columbs were on top in the opening ten minutes, but when Lennon McGill raced through to slot the ball into the back of the net the game changed. However, referee Tony Younf rightly ruled the goal out for offside, it seemed to settle the Damhead nerves and they begand to mount a few attacks of their own.

The opening goal came after the St. Columbs keeper made a brilliant stop but the loose ball fell to McGill rifled the ball into the back of he net and this time goal stood.

Play switched from end to end, St. Columbs testing the Damhead keeper with a few long range efforts.

The second half saw both defences on top of their game and and efforts that did get through were easily dealt with by two competent goalkeepers.

As clock ticked down to stoppage time, St. Columbs threw everything into attack but Damhead held firm to earn the prestigious Doherty Cup at their very first attempt.

Congratulations to Damhead and commiserations to St. Columbs. Both teams deserve credit for the standard of play that only that first strike separated the teams at the final whistle.

After the game, the Doherty Cup was presented to Damhead captain Calum Park by John Lennox on behalf of the Doherty family and Lennon McGill capped a personal performance by being awards the Man of the Match award.

Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle
Pic: Maurice Bradley, Causeway Chronicle

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Maurice Bradley