Lumsden League Cup Semi Final.
Coill Dubh AFC 0 Clane United FC 2
Clane United FC progressed to the Lumsden League Cup Final for the first time since 2010 following their victory over local rivals Coill Dubh AFC on Sunday. This hotly anticipated KDFL Lumsden League Cup all Senior Div clash between Coill Dubh AFC and Clane United FC was hampered by the heavy underfoot conditions following a deluge of overnight rain. Host Allenwood Celtic pulled out all the stops to ensure the game went ahead at their pristinely prepared grounds.
The opening exchanges were a nervous affair with both defences cancelling each other out. The first real chance of the game fell to Clane United on the twelfth minute when a quick free kick was half cleared by the Dubh defence and fell kindly to Cathal Geoghegan who shot narrowly wide.
Soon after at the other end Clane keeper Sean Brennan had to be at his best to an effort from Joe Bowers. It was end to end at this stage and Clane found themselves on the attack again midway through the half when a great through ball from the impressive Geoghegan found Owen Maguire in space and he brought a fantastic save from Coill Dubh keeper Luke Anderson. Just before the break it was Coill Dubh who almost made it 1-0 but Keeper Brennan came to Clane’s rescue following an effort from Barry Noone. The sides went in deadlocked at 0-0 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half Clane eventually made the break through when a defensive clearance ended in a sideline ball to Clane. It was taken quickly with Geoghegan again picking up and unleashing an unstoppable shot to the right hand side of Luke Anderson’s net to put Clane 1-0 up.
Coill Dubh pushed forward to search of an equaliser leaving themselves vulnerable at the back. With twenty minutes to go Clane doubled their advantage awarded a penalty. Stephen Dunne stepped up and put the ball beyond Anderson to the delight of their large travelling contingent. Clane’s defence closed ranks to see the remainder of the tie out and progress to the final where they will take on current Lumsden League Cup holders Clonmullion AFC in Castledermot next Sunday afternoon. Best for the winners were Dean Comiskey and Stephen Geoghegan. While for Coill Dubh who are disappointed they did not play to their full potential 16 year old Noah Byrne impressed.