Oscar Traynor Trophy
Defence Forces – 0
United Churches League – 2
The United Churches League got their Oscar Traynor Trophy campaign off to a winning start on Saturday afternoon with a two goal victory over the Defence Forces at Sportslink.
The game was officially a home game for the Forces but they agreed to the staging of the game on the UCFL’S patch in Santry.
Despite playing with the wind at their backs the UCFL found it difficult to find any rhythm to their play and it was the Defence Forces who looked more likely to open the scoring – going close twice in a competitive opening 45 minutes.
In the second stanza the UCFL began to find their flow and apart from a 25 yard strike from Gerry Walsh that went just over on 65 minutes the Defence Forces rarely threatened.
With 15 minutes remaining the UCFL deservedly opened the scoring when Marko Vojnovic dug out an excellent cross from the right wing, Andy Lougheed had a header saved but buried the rebound.
Just three minutes later the second of the day was almost a carbon copy as Aidan Hyland sent an excellent cross from the right and Vojnovic this time buried it first time to seal the win with 12 left to play.
UCFL – David Frewen (Chapelizod), Luke Morrissey (FC Sportslink Ailesbury), Dean Dunne (Orchard Celtic), Matthew Cullen (Orchard Celtic), Michael McDonnell (Chapelizod FC), Nigel O’Hara (FC Sportslink Ailesbury), Graham Griffiths (Orchard Celtic), Patrick Shortall (Orchard Celtic), Aidan Hyland (VEC), Darren King (Orchard Celtic), Michael McLoughlin (Chapelizod FC). Subs – Andy Lougheed (FC Sportslink Ailesbury) for McLoughlin (55 minutes), Marko Vojnovic (FC Sportslink Ailesbury) for King (75 mins); subs not used – Jordan Griffiths (Orchard Celtic), Ruairi Sheridan (FC Sportslink Ailesbury), Robbie O’Neill (FC Sportslink Ailesbury), Dan Davis (FC Sportslink Ailesbury) Mark Hynes (Orchard Celtic).
Defence Forces – Tony Clarke, Craig Shortt, David Long, Scott Delaney, Lee Delaney, Gerry Walsh, Niall Scullion, Ian Finlay, Robbie Ryan, Keith Arnold, Steven Fisher. Subs – Sean Poutch for Ryan, Timmy Doyle for, Colin Finan for Arnold.