(Photo thanks to Pat Sheehan)
Carew Park – 2
Janesboro – 2
(After Extra Time – Janesboro won 7-6 on penalties)
By Jack McGrath
Janesboro claimed the first silverware of the season at Jackman Park on Monday night after overcoming Carew Park on penalty kicks after a tight and tense two-all draw in the Tuohy Cup Final.
The ‘Boro had to do it the hard way after coming from town goals down to snatch a dramatic late equaliser before going on to win it on spot kicks.
Carew Park took an early lead when Jonathan Grant found space at the far post to prod the ball home.
Just before the half time break Carew doubled their advantage. John Connery smashed the ball low and right, giving Glasheen no chance.
Janesboro looked beaten but dramatically gabbed a goal a minute later. Wayne O’Donovan’s free-kick was met by Aidan Hurley’s looping header – Grant attempted to clear at the back post but could not stop it finding the net.
In a tight and tense second stanza both sides had their chances but Carew looked odds on to be claiming the cup before a late equaliser leveled it up.
Hurley got on the end of a free kick and directed it into the path of Conor Lynch who poked it into the net to send it into extra-time.
With neither side getting overly adventurous in the 20 minutes of extra time penalties were required.
Griffin missed Carew’s first before Harkin missed Boro’s fourth. Then Carew’s Culhane missed leaving John Boyle the chance to win it for Boro. His effort was saved and Connery converted to send it into sudden death.
Unfortunately for Carew’s Barry Dillon he was next to miss after others had converted and Janesboro won the shootout by seven goals to six.