03/06/2018: Shield Finals news

The 2018 divisional Shield Finals were all completed at the VEC Sportsground in Terenure on Saturday. A brief account of each game is given below:

Glasnaion won the Premier Shield in a penalty shootout
Blackrock added Div1 Shield to their Challenge Cup victory 3 weeks earlier
Aston Village 2nds overcame unbeaten Div2 champions Drumcondra
Dunshaughlin followed Bedlow Cup win with Shield success in Div3
Oldbury completed a fine season in Div3A, adding Shield to their League success

Premier Division: Glasnaion 1-1 Harding (Glasnaion win 3-1 on penalties)

This was a very closely contested game from start to finish, reaching 90 minutes without a goal. Harding came closest when they were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but Glasnaion keeper, Emmett McArdle dived low to his right to deflect the shot away.

Harding took the lead in the first minute of xetra-time through Declan McKenna, but Glasnaion fought back and drew level through Andrew Hedderman in the second period.

With no further goals, the game went to penalties and Glasnaion keeper Hedderman had a major influence as Glasnaion won the shootout 3-1.

Division 1: Blackrock AFC 3-1 Rialto

Blackrock took the Division 1 Shield with a decisive 3-1 win over Rialto. After a scoreless first half, Blackrock went ahead early in the second half when James O’Neill’s shot was deflected past the Rialto keeper. James McKeown and Fred Kenny added further goals for Blackrock with Jordan Carney replying for Rialto.

Division 2: Aston Village 2nds 2-1 Drumcondra

The Division 2 Final produced a surprise with Aston Village, standing 6th in the League, beating the League and MMI Cup winners, Drumcondra. Aston Village led 1-0 at the break with a memorable goal from Jay Whelan. Conor Feeley doubled their lead before Drumcondra pulled a goal back following a scramble in the six-yard box late on. Drumcondra threw everything at their opponents in the closing minutes but Village held on to claim another Shield success for the club.

Division 3: Dunshaughlin Youths 4-1 CMH

CMH’s attempt to win a Shield for the 4th successive season was firmly thwarted by a decisive display by a dominant Dunshaughlin team, who have now added the Shield to last month’s victory in the Sidney Bedlow Cup Final, with a play-off for Division 3A also pending next Wednesday. Goals from Alan Kerr, James Rattigan (2) and Ciaran Hoary, ensured that Dunshaughlin’s win was never in doubt, despite Liam Hassey’s goal reducing the deficit to 1-3 midway through the second half.

Division 3A: Oldbury 4-1 Strand Utd. 2nds

Oldbury underlined their status as the leading team in 3A this season with this victory. Oldbury raced into a 2-0 lead and thereafter were rarely troubled. Ben Keenan, Paddy Johnston, Regan McCabe and Brian Flanagan were on the mark for the winners, who with this win have now completed a double of League and Shield in Division 3A.