Division 1 Shield final
Bansha Celtic-2 (AET, Glengoole United win 5-4 on penalties)
Glengoole United proved the adage of keeping going right to the very end when they equalised in this game deep into injury time before taking the honours from the penalty spot, in a very enjoyable Shield final on Saturday night in Cooke Park.
The game was the first of what are going to be two very interesting games between the sides, as they have to face each other in a Divisional play-off in weeks to come, and there has been nothing between the two teams all season. After a close opening both sides had few chances of note, until five minutes before the break when Niall Daly was played in after some very good work on the left hand side, and he fired back across the goal giving the United keeper no chance.
The lead didn’t last long however, and just three minutes later, on the stroke of half time, and corner kick was headed out to the edge of the Celtic area, and Jamie Carey smashed a half volley back through the Celtic defenders and into the net. Despite this set back however, the Bansha side came back out in the second half with purpose, and dominated for long spells. On the hour mark they made that pressure tell and a sublime ball through from Tony Egan was smashed home by Darren Mc Grath to re-establish their lead.
Glengoole were rocked back by this, and were lucky to not go further behind but for some good saves by Paul Hanrahan in their goal and some poor finishing by Bansha. And right at the death Glengoole got the benefit of holding on in when Michael Rafter hammered a shot against the crossbar and Stephen Hoolahan reacted fastest to head home from six yards out. Extra-time brought about no more goals as both teams showed the effects of a long season and the game was decided on penalties. After a miss from the spot by Celtic, the task of winning the tie was put on the youngest player on the pitch, Glengoole substitute Alberto Martinez and he showed nerves of steel in firing to the bottom corner to the delight of his team mates and supporters.
Celtic were gutted at the end, but this might give them even greater motivation to take revenge before the season ends when they the same opposition in a playoff to decide the league title in the coming weeks.