15 Oct Georgina Donnelly Premier Cup Final. Newbridge Hotspurs 1 2 Clonmullion AFC
Feature game – Leinster Leader and Herald
Clonmullion AFC completed a notable double on Sunday when they captured the Georgina Donnelly Premier Div cup following their slender 2-1 victory over a game Newbridge Hotspurs at Doctors rd Clane, The newly crowned Premier League Champions started this final the stronger and were unlucky not to go ahead on ten minutes when a Nathan Robinson’s free kick was headed just over by Mark Donovan. They again went close ten minutes later when Rickie Moriarty ran on to a punched clearance from Hotspurs keeper and fired over from just outside the box. Clonmullion eventually went ahead on the twenty seventh minute after a great pass from Robinson found Moriarty and he pulled it back to Wayne Walsh who finished superbly to put the Athy men 1-0 up.
Less than ten minutes later Oisin Boylan found Mark Donovan on the right flank and his pinpoint cross was headed home by his brother Stephen to double their advatange leaving Spurs shell shocked. Hotspurs went close when Rickey Caffrey played a great ball through to Xhevdet Haliti but he blazed over Michael Lawless’s goal from just inside the box to the relief of the large travelling supporters from Clonmullion and they went in defending their 2-0 lead at the break.
The second half started with Hotspurs on the front foot and the pressure paid off when Walsh handled in the box and Xhevdet Haliti made no mistake from the penalty spot to put the minimum between the sides. The Mull were playing on the break and almost added a third when the influential Robinson teed up Dean Heffernan who’s shot was well saved and Lee Doyle fired the rebound over the bar. Newbridge continued to press and almost scored on the 65th but the ball was fired across the goalmouth and wide. Clonmullion continued to threaten on the break and a brilliant cross from Heffernan was headed just wide by Mark Robinson. Hotspurs laid siege to the Clonmullion goal but couldn’t equalize and The Mull completed the Premier League and Cup double. Best for the winner’s were Captain Nasi Whelan and Ross Cardiff at the back Nathan Robinson in the middle and the outstanding Rickie Moriarty just in front of the back four. While best for Spurs were Tomas Hennessy, Graeme Donoghue and Glenn Tuffy.