Connemara complete league and cup double as Cois Farraige also celebrate

Tom Trill, Acting Chairman, Galway FA, presenting the Joe Ryan Memorial Cup to Anthony Connolly, Captain of the MacDara team after they defeated Kinvara in the final. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Tom Trill, Acting Chairman, Galway FA, presenting the Joe Ryan Memorial Cup to Anthony Connolly, Captain of the MacDara team after they defeated Kinvara in the final. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

TWO Connemara clubs continue to keep their names in the headlines as MacDara completed a League and Cup double with a comfortable Joe Ryan Cup Final success over Kinvara United, while Cois Farraige won a crucial away contest against Dynamo Blues B to clinch the Third Division title.

Despite dropping points for the third game in succession, Athenry came from behind to secure a crucial draw with joint second placed Mervue United and thus maintained their advantage at the top of the table.

The weekend also saw the Galway League host the Connacht Schoolboys Cup and Shield Finals at Fahy’s Field where there was disappointment for Maree/Oranmore and Tuam Celtic as they lost out in the U12 and U16 Finals.

JOE RYAN CUP FINAL

MacDara 4 

Kinvara United  1

With the Second Division league title aleady in the bag, MacDara went chasing a first ever Joe Ryan Cup success at Eamonn Deacy Park in mid=-week and an outstanding start set the tone as four early goals eased them to a comfortable succcess in collecting a second trophy wihin seven days.

The Carraroe based side took the lead after just two minutes when Gary O’Donnell headed home from close range, after a Colm Devanes effort rebounded off the crossbar. Devane was again the provider as Anthony Ó Conghaile applied the finish for the second and with Mark Dowling outstanding on the wing, the former East United player set up the next two goals for O’Donnell as he went on to complete his hat trick and brought his season tally to 19 goals.

With their comfortable advantage, MacDara manager Diarmuid Ó Ceide was able to empty their bench in the second half, including giving a ceremonial run to injured striker Eamonn Ó Lionsigh after he contributed over 25 goals in their historic season.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.