Cahir Park win with fond memories of Billy Purtill

This was a hugely emotional game for Cahir Park on Sunday last it being the first home game since the loss of hugely popular Billy Purtill from the club. Appropriately the game was well attended and those present saw the family lay a wreath in his honour of their very popular former stalwart prio to the kick-off.

This was a hugely emotional game for Cahir Park on Sunday last it being the first home game since the loss of hugely popular Billy Purtill from the club. Appropriately the game was well attended and those present saw the family lay a wreath in his honour of their very popular former stalwart prio to the kick-off.

Despite the emotion however, once the game started, it was the in-form Glengoole United team who took the initiative and they took the lead on 20 minutes when Killian Duggan crashed home a free kick from all of 25 yards out.

The home team were a little shell shocked and were glad to get to the half-time break without conceding again.

The second half begun as a rather tense affair but as it went on, Cahir Park finally awoke from their slumber and began to make the better of the chances as they chased an equaliser.

It took them until 12 minutes before finally beating the well drilled visitors defence, and it was a shot from Andy Fitzpatrick at the edge of the box that levelled matters up.

Both teams seemed destined at that point to share the spoils, but perhaps it was the memory of ‘The Falcon’ which drove the Cahir team on, and they took the lead seven minutes before the end when a Jason Hahessy shot eluded the Glengoole United keeper before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

From here to the final whistle, the home side tightened up in defence, and at the end of an emotional day for the club, they had all three well-earned and hugely important points for their efforts.