Monkstown claim second cup title from Glens

Neville Cup final
Monkstown 2 (Stephen Cole, Richard Sykes) Glenanne 1 (Shane O’Dononghue)

Monkstown completed a fine season with a second cup title, adding the Neville Cup to the Mills Cup won on St Patrick’s Day, in a fixture postponed from last December due to the snow.

Both sides had suggested a switch of the fixture to pre-season next term with the date ruling out a couple of players on either side, Gareth Watkins’ injury and Andy Ewington’s emigration blunting the Town forward effort while James Murtagh continued in goal for the Glens having played each round of the competition to date.

All the goals came in the first half with Stephen Cole pouncing on a mistake in the Glens’ defence to net past Murtagh to make it 1-0 at Newpark.

Glenanne had started reasonably well in an end-to-end post-season tussle, drawing some decent stops from Craig Ellis, and were back on terms when Shane O’Donoghue cracked home an excellent reverse.

On the stroke of half-time, though, Richard Sykes stepped up to shoot home a penalty corner.

The intensity raised in the second period with a number of yellow cards dished out, Glenanne down to nine players at one point while Monkstown also had to endure the sin-binning of Kyle Good.

The Town did look more likely to stretch their advantage in the second period before the Tallaght side made a concerted late charge. They could not find an equaliser, one effort going too high from a corner, making it a memorable season for Monkstown, winning two senior Leinster cups and reaching the Irish Senior final.

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