Causeway Chronicle

Harry Gregg Foundation Community Cup success for Draperstown Celtic 2009s

2009s 3 – 2 Clooney

A great end for the Harry Gregg Foundation season as the boys travelled over to neutral venue Ardmore to face off against Derry side Clooney in the HGF Community Cup final.

The day didn’t get off to the best of starts, semi final shootout hero Cathal was ruled out with illness. It was Shéa O that would fill in and take up the gloves.

The game started with both sides going at each other, setting the tempo for the rest of the game. On 12 minutes Clooney took the lead, a well struck free kick making its way into the back of the net. DC weren’t to be deterred, with Shea C taking control of the midfield for DC, breaking up the play and picking out some lovely passes. It was one of these passes that got the equaliser, with Eoghan running in and producing a great finish past the on rushing Clooney goal keeper. Shortly before half time Clooney took the lead again, a very contentious penalty being placed to the bottom corner.  

In the second half DC started sharp and got an equaliser within 3 minutes. This time Eoghan turned provider, a delicate dink over the Clooney defence for Aodhan to bravely dart between keeper and defender to score, a great time to score his first goal for the club. Within 5 minutes of the equalizer, Clooney were awarded a less contentious penalty. Up stepped the same taker and he placed the ball towards the same corner, only this time Shéa O got across and made a save that any keeper would be proud of. This gave DC a massive boost, which combined with a change in shape, saw the boys really stamp their authority on the game and take more control. The lads looked more threatening with skipper Noah Mc and Shea C working the Clooney keeper. It was a moment of magic that would give DC the lead for the first time in the game. A long ball up by Shéa O saw Kieran in a foot race with a defender that he won, he then beat another defender before rounding the keeper and slotting into the empty net. Pandemonium erupted on the DC sideline but there was a time for a potential late twist in the tale. It looked like that twist had arrived, as the Clooney Number 6 fired a shot from range that rattled off the DC crossbar and behind for a goal kick. The final whistle blew not long after that. 

Overall, it was a game in which DC saw less of the ball and run of play, but they defended solidly and every time they entered the final third looked like scoring. Thanks to Clooney for their part in a memorable final. Thanks also to all those who came up to support the boys, it was great to see so many familiar faces, past and present, on the sideline.

Finally, a massive well done to the lads for the shift that they put in, not just in today’s game but for the whole season, today’s result and celebration is a reflection and deserved reward for their hard work all year, for all players in the team including those that didn’t play today. Thanks also from the club to Luke, Shane and the other coaches who worked with the lads all season with a nod to First Team manager John Glass who has stepped in to help with training on more than one occasion and who always keeps a keen eye out for the lads results.

Players’ Player of the Match – Shéa O’Hagan

2009s coach Shane Marin sponsored the match ball for the final

The 2012s who won the shield at the Garvagh tournament at Coleraine Showgrounds

The Murphy family enjoying the victory with Noah

The Draperstown Celtic 2009s who won the Community Cup on Saturday

The Chivers Family with son Aodhan who certainly picked his moment to score his first goal for the club

Seamus O’Kane with his Grandson Conall

Noah McDonnell captained the DC 2009s

Eoghan Smith celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game

Darach Reid was a rock in defence


Maurice Bradley