INISHOWEN retained the Gregory Kearney cup for the third year running with a three one win over two excellent games of football.
Inishowen (2) 1 Saturday Morning League (1) 0
A one nil win over the SML having led two one from the first leg in the Brandywell last week was enough.
Picture caption: Inishowen’s Oscar Traynor Cup side from last season.
Brendan Mc Laughlin’s strike on 72 minutes gave Inishowen a two goal cushion. In an even start to the game that was played at a high tempo the first opportunity arouse on 8 minutes when Darren Cassidy beat the offside trap to bear down on goal but Kevin McLaughlin advanced and stood tall to force him wide and the defence recovered.[adrotate group=”80″]
On 12 minutes Inishowen replied when Shane Canning played a ball out to Anthony Doherty whose low cross found McLaughlin but his point blank effort was blocked by the legs of Eugene Ferry in the visitors goal.
The SML replied and Darren Cassidy had a shot saved by Kevin McLaughlin in the home net, then Brendan McLaughlin got onto a pass from Doherty but his effort was blocked by a defender before McLaughlin turned provider for Doherty but again the keepers legs came to the rescue.
Aiden Friel was unlucky on 29 minutes when he turned a defender and unleashed a left footed shot which beat Ferry but came back off the crossbar.[adrotate group=”85″]
At the other end Damien McGee had an effort come off the outside of the upright for the SML, and Jake Morrow’s shot was deflected forcing ‘keeper McLaughlin into a fine save. Just before half time the same player had a effort just over the bar.
At the start of the second half Matty Henry broke clear and shot straight at Ferry when he should have done better before P.J.Ward headed into the side netting for the SML.[adrotate group=”81″]
McLaughlin had another shot blocked for Inishowen before he struck the all important winner on 72 minutes after a sweeping move ended with a great pull back from Anthony Doherty into the path of McLaughlin to strike low to the net from 12 yards.
Inishowen controlled the game after that both teams played very enjoyable football over the two legs and gave Inishowen excellent preparation for the start of the Oscar Traynor next month.