By Derek McKenna
It is difficult to put into words just how good this current Sheriff YC team are. However, a quick glance at their trophy cabinet this year reveals a lot. Already they have won the LFA Junior Cup and the FAI Junior Cup and now after their latest victory they have added the AUL’s Nivea for Men Cup to the cabinet after a 3-0 victory over a spirited and determined Collinstown FC.
Going into last nights game as the underdog, Collinstown had a lot to prove after having only recently been promoted to the AUL Premier A for next season. It was Sheriff who had the better opening to the first half and it was them who got the breakthrough on three minutes through the sublime John Rock who has been banging in the goals for fun all season. However, Collinstown did not let the heads drop. Their early play showed that they are well deserving of their place at the top table with performers like junior international Dean Carpenter and the silver fox in the box Anto McCormack in their team. Although Collinstown piled on the pressure in the closing stages of the first half they could not get the breakthrough and the half ended at 1-0
Collinstown came out fighting just as they had left off at the end of the first but the wet conditions were not helping their game flourish. Despite all their pressure and them being deserving of a goal, Collinstown could not get past the a Sheriff defence that has conceded just eight league goals all season.
As the game wore on, Sheriff stamped their authority on the game and it was their mercurial midfield maestro John Lester who got their second, banging one in from 25 yards out to make it 2-0. Collinstown were forced into chasing the game at this stage and that task became impossible when a Stephen Murphy corner went straight into the net to make it 3-0 to Sheriff.
There was still time at the end of the game for Collinstown’s Damian Cuff to receive a red card to reduce them to ten men but by that stage the game was already over and Sheriff had completed a wonderful treble of cup final victories in just a matter of four weeks. With still the Liddy Cup and the AUL Premier A title to play for, they could make it ‘quintuple’ of trophy victories this season.
Nivea for Men Man of the Match: John Lester (Sheriff YC)