Cahir Park 4
Rosegreen Rangers 0
The Paddy Purtill Cup Final took place on Thursday last, April 11. With two of three opportunities for silverware now in the bag, The Park can look forward with optimism with a chance to claim their third - the League Division One title - by securing one point from the remaining four league games.
In truth, Thursday night’s final in honour of one of the great Cahir Park stalwarts, never reached a point where the result was in doubt with the Park side, playing at home in the agreed fixture, in full control for 90% of the game against an under strength Rosegreen side more intent on claiming the Second Division title in their play-off with Tipperary Town.
From the off, the shots rained in on the Rosegreen goal with Dylan Fitzgerald just off target and cahirparkafc.com man of the match Paddy O’Donnell in fine form providing a cross for the impressive Norman O’Brien whose header just went over.
Further shots from Fitzgerald and O’Donnell preceded the first goal, the latter taken down in the box by a busy Trevor Downey. James Darcy finished to the keeper’s right to claim his third of the season.
In a game played in torrential rain at times, on a pitch that cut up early after a bad day almost jeopardised the fixture, further goals from James McGrath and Paddy O’Donnell saw the home side comfortably ahead by three by half-time.
With the lively Darren McGrath and Daryl Peters added to attack by Michael Grace and Paul Conway, there was to be no let up for the visiting defenders. The home defence, on the other hand, did have an easier evening than expected, Conor Lowney and the Rosegreen attack, though trying hard, no match for the fluid captain Seanie Kiernan, John O’Connor and Dennis Peters.
Peters had one of the best attempts as the game petered out with his 75th minute lob marginally too long to drop over Rosegreen’s net minder.
Buoyed by his 26th goal of the season, O’Donnell also tried some long-range efforts in the second 45 but was easily outshone by the free-kick taken by Eoin Farrell after 87 minutes. The wonder strike from all of 35 yards nestled in the top-corner with three minutes left, to the enjoyment of the majority of the large attendance present.
Cahir Park AFC: Aaron Wall, James Darcy, Seanie Kiernan, John O’Connor, Dennis Peters
Dylan Fitzgerald, Norman O’Brien, Shane McGrath, James McGrath, Jason Hahessey and Paddy O’Donnell. Subs: Eoin Farrell for Dylan Fitzgerald, Daryl Peters for Hahessey, Eoin Farrell for Darcy.
Under 14B’s had a fine 8-1 win over neighbours, Vee Rovers. Well done lads. Jack Kelly and Alan Walsh were among the goals while Piotrek Wielgat was on hand to save a penalty. The 13A’s had a 3-0 win over St Michaels during the week also.