18 February 2014
IT Carlow retained their UMBRO CUFL Division One title today with a 1-0 win over Trinity College in a tight encounter at Leixlip United FC.
The teams resumed their final today after last Wednesdays game had to be abandoned in the 55th minute in the middle of the storm that created havoc across the country. The first game, despite the conditions, was a very entertaining game and today was no different.
IT Carlow had the first chance when Craig Shortt headed narrowly wide from a free kick. On 40 minutes IT Carlow almost took the lead when John Yeates' shot was superbly tipped around the post by David Minihane.
IT Carlow took the lead after 52 minutes when Trinity College failed to clear in the penalty area and when the ball fell to Colm Poole's sweet left foot volley took a slight deflection past Minihane.
Trinity almost equalised when Ciaran McGahon cross was just missed by Alan Hughes.
Carlow almost doubled their lead when Neil Heffernan's shot was tipped around the post by Minihane, with Darren O'Donohue heading the resulting corner off the line.
At the other end Shaun O'Donnell saved with his feet from a Brian Reilly shot.
Trinity went close again from another McMahon cross this time Gus Shaw Stewart just failed to connect at the back post.
Heroic defending from Man of the Match Karl Keogh, Micheal Mullen and Jonathan Savage kept Trinity scoreless
Trinity: David Minihane, Pablo Garzon, Ciaran McGahon, Connor Bobbett, Jonathon Delahunt, Colm Begley, Farhad Patel, Alan Hughes, Gus Shaw Stewart, Darren O'Donoghue, Brian O'Reilly. Subs: Matt Collins for Hughes (68), Darragh Timoney for O'Reilly (80) Niall Barnwell, Liam Ware, Ciaran Finn, Finn McLaughlin, Matt Collins, Ruadhan Stokes, Andy Nevin.
Carlow: Shaun O'Donnell, Craig Shortt, Micheal Mullen, Karl Keogh, Jonathan Savage, John Yeates, Neil Heffernan, Ronan Doherty, Aaron Rafter, Connor Keddy, Colm Poole. Subs: Evan Rogers for Doherty (h/t), Rob Sweeney for Keddy (80), Darren Rogers for Rafter (87), Uros Ivkovic for Heffernan (90), Stephen Moloney, Eoin Smyth, Eoin Comerford.
Referee: Eddie Reilly (Dublin)
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