John Delaney Cup final
St Michael’s- 3
St Michaels banked their first silverware of the season by lifting the John Delaney Cup over the weekend.
The Tipp title hopefuls and a side that always have FAI and Munster Junior Cup aspirations were too strong for a young Peake Villa side and warmed up for the league campaign with a trophy win.
Ollie O’Driscoll started the game determined to score and was causing all manner of problems early on. In the opening 15 minutes O’Driscoll twice fired over the bar, twice went close with headers and forced the Villa net minder Stephen Ryan into a save.
O’Driscoll finally got the goal his play deserved when he broke the deadlock on 20 minutes.
Shane Ryan sent a beautiful pass into O’Driscoll’s pass and he showed good composure to eventually place a left foot shot wide of Ryan’s dive.
O’Driscoll flirted with making it two just three minutes later, but Alan O’Dwyer succeeded where he failed as he headed home the front man’s rebounded shot after good work from Rodrigo Goncalves and Jimmy Carr in the build up.
Carr with a deft header and O’Dwyer went close in the resulting minutes as the Saints went for the juggler. Michael’s continued to dominate and put for some more solid Ryan keeping could have been further ahead.
Ryan wasn’t the only custodian on form though and Saints needed a a good save from Adrian Walsh to ensure they retained a two goal cushion going into the break.
The keeper got down well to his left to deny Pip Carroll after Peake had won a peno.
Peake looked certain to reduce the arrears on 51 mins when Dale Loughnane crossed for Matty Stakekum but Adrian Walsh made another top class save that helped to earn him the Man of the Match award.
Saints eventually wrapped it up the result on 63 mins when a long ball out of defence saw Ollie O’Driscoll hold the ball up and feed Paddy Fitzgerald on the right and hammered the ball past Anthony McKelvey from an angle.
Both sides had half chances post the third and killer strike, but Michaels killed the tie of impressively to claim the John Delaney Cup.