United lose inaugural Munster final on penalties

Carrick United

Carrick United

Munster Champions

Cup Final

Killarney Celtic 1

Carrick United 1

Killarney won 4-3 on penalties after extra time.

The first ever Munster Champions Cup Final brought heartache for Carrick at Turners Cross, Cork last Sunday. Leading 1-0 since the 20th minute, the boys were pegged back in injury time and then despite Killarney missing their first two spot kicks in the shoot out, Sam’s charges lost 4-3.

A very youth full Killarney side was fast out of the blocks with Carrick finding it hard to gain a foothold. On twenty minutes having settled Carrick took the lead, Lee Grace saw his shot parried by the keeper with James Walsh firing the loose ball to the net.

The goal settled Carrick as they played their best football in the period leading to half time. Celtic took the game to Carrick for most of the second period but excellent defending and inspired goal keeping by Adrian Walsh frustrated the Kerry side. Lee Grace almost got on the end of an Anthony Power cross and Alan Coady tested the keeper with a long range free kick as the clock ran down.

Killarney were clearly frustrated and Carrick looked to have secured victory as three minutes of injury time was indicated. In that period one last Killarney raid yielded reward with a great drive from the edge of the area ripping past Adrian.

Extra time saw Killarney reduced to ten players and Carrick almost won the game in the second period with Alan Coady and Eoin Bourke going close. Penalties were to decide and when Adrian saved the first two Kerry efforts, things again looked good. But the conversion of just three out of six penalties gave the impetus to Killarney who won in sudden death. Congrats to them, nice people who have seen this team develop through their youth ranks.

Hard luck to all our players and management and thanks to the supporters who travelled. Adrian Walsh, Alan Coady and John Murphy converted the Carrick penalties.