PADDY Dooher natted an 80th minute winner as Castlefin Celtic advanced to the next round of the Brian McCormick Cup.
Castlefin Celtic 1 Deele Harps 0
With the game delicately poised, Dooher drilled home after getting on the end of JP Malley’s cross from the left.
Joe McGee’s side, who have been promoted into the top flight in the League for this season, were the runners-up in this competition last season and they’ve started the new term with purpose thanks to this derby win.
Picture caption: Johnny Mahon of Deele Harps gets his pass away as PJ Mc Menamin of Castlefin Celtic closes in. Photo by Gary Foy, newsandsportfiles
Malley tried his luck straight from the kick-off, but his effort went narrowly wide of the far post.
Castlefin had plenty of chances with Lee Kennedy going close with a header while Deele’s experienced goalkeeper, Willie Curran, saved well from Malley.
Emmet White was denied from a free0kick before Kieran Brennan headed over.
Just before half-time, Kennedy and Malley linked well, but Malley riffled over the top.
Early in the second half, Brian Breslin was put through one-on-one with Gary McCroary, the Castlefin ‘keeper, and the number 1 was quick off his line to make the save.
With extra-time looming, Dooher powered home to fire Castlefin into the next round.
Johnny Mahon and Seamus Gallagher had chances for the visitors, but Castlefin held firm.
Castlefin Celtic: Gary McCroary, Damien McAnaney, Kieran Brennan, Emmet White, Gary Lafferty, Johnny Doherty, Lee Kennedy, Calvin Bradley, JP Malley, Paddy Dooher PJ McMenamin.
Deele Harps: Willie Curran, Eddie Connolly, Paul Lynch, Darren Gillespie, Gary Crawfoprd, Seamus Gallagher, Brian Breslin, Johnny Mahon, Conor Catterson, Declan Lafferty, Adrian Gallagher.
Referee: Joe McHugh.Tags: