Hibernians 3 -
Carrick United 0
Hibernians celebrate their five in a row Ardagh Premier Cup Final win over Carrick at Ozier Park on Saturday night last.
O’Neill’s Ardagh Premier Cup Final 2017
It was an occasion to remember for Hibernians at Ozier Park on Saturday evening last as the Mitchell Kennedy Park club secured a league and cup double triumph with a 3-0 victory over Carrick United in the Ardagh Premier Cup Final.
After landing the league title last month, Paul Butler’s side showed their superiority on Junior football in Waterford with a display that was worthy of winning the showpiece decider but they did live dangerously in front of their own goal once or twice.
Not only was it was a special moment on winning a double but a historic evening as this latest cup final success ensured a magnificent five Ardagh Cup Final wins in a row, which is a remarkable achievement for the club.
Mark O’Keeffe had the first chance of the game for Hibernians on five minutes when the centre forward got his head on the end of a left-wing cross from Philip Drohan but his header sailed over the crossbar of Carrick keeper Darragh Gibbs.
Hibernians goalkeeper Sean Whitty produced a fine save to deny Eoghan Burke the lead goal on ten minutes when the midfielder got on the end of a pass from Jack Doherty but the netminder got down low to his left to save.
It was the Mitchell Kennedy Park outfit that struck for the opening goal with a sweeping move on 20 minutes when Mark O’Keeffe and Philip Drohan combined to set up David McGrath and he drilled a right-footed shot from 12 yards past Darragh Gibbs.
The champions extended their advantage on 28 minutes when Carrick keeper Gibbs seemed to get unsighted when David Kennedy whipped in a dangerous right-wing cross and his delivery found the far corner of the net.
Carrick nearly got a fortuitous goal back on 36 minutes when Anthony O’Donnell played a long ball out to the left for Jack Doherty but his teasing cross into the penalty area was just turned the wrong side of his own post by Hibernians defender Dean Reidy.
It took a brilliant save from Hibernians keeper Sean Whitty on 49 minutes to keep his sides two goal lead when Tomas Ryan sent in a cross from the right that fell nicely for Anthony Power but his shot from 12 yards was superbly kept out.
David McGrath carved out a good chance for his side on 57 minutes on the left side of the penalty area after taken a pass from Dean Reidy but his low shot was inches wide of the near post before Carrick’s Tomas Ryan cracked an effort off the post less than two minutes later.
A third goal did arrive for the five-time cup champions on 68 minutes when Mark O’Keeffe beat the offside trap to race onto a headed pass from Walter Croke and he beat keeper Darragh Gibbs with a right-footed finish from 12 yards.
The final whistle from referee Jimmy McGrath brought to an end an illustrious career for the match official but signalled club history for Hibernians as they landed a fifth Ardagh Cup Final triumph in a row with man of the match and captain Gary Keane receiving the cup from Michael Butler.
CARRICK UNITED:Darragh Gibbs, Joe Hart, Anthony O’Donnell (Liam Mulligan ’79), Dale O’Mahony, Stephen Kerwick, Thomas Ryan, John Walsh, Eoghan Burke, Anthony Power (John Keyes ’79), Ian Cleary (Stephen Hahessy ’64), Jack Doherty
HIBERNIANS: Sean Whitty, David Kennedy (Clive Prendergast ’88), Dean Reidy, Gary Keane, Shane Mackey (Maurice Shanahan ’88), Jason Keane, Philip Drohan (Craig Keane ’84), David Cooley, Mark O’Keeffe, Walter Croke, David McGrath (Ross Douglas ’70)
Referee: Jimmy McGrath assisted by Andrew Mullally and Gavin Keyes.
- We also have coverage of eleven other schoolboy and junior cup finals and a league title win for De La Salle Youths….