Michael Dwyers build on per­fect start

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Peter KEOGH

Michael Dwyers 2-4, Kil­bride/Lacken 2-2: Michael Dwyers be­came the first hold­ers of the Ray Da­nials Memo­rial Cup when they beat Kil­bride/Lacken in a great fi­nal at Bless­ing­ton on Sun­day.

Ray Daniels was the for­mer Wick­low, Bless­ing­ton and Dunlavin goal­keeper who died sud­denly last year just as he was about to make his come­back to Mick O’Dwyer’s panel.

The Chair­man of the South/West Ju­ve­nile Board Jimmy Bir­chall de­cided that some­thing should be put in place to hon­our the mem­ory of a great player so the Board went looking for a spon­sor.

They had no far to look; Jimmy Whit­tle, the Sec­re­tary of the Dunlavin Club and a great friend and men­tor to ‘Rasher’ in his young days stepped and spon­sored this fine cup.

It was for U-11 foot­ball be­tween the sec­ond divi­sion clubs in the South/West and has now found its first home in the townsland of Moyne just over the Car­low bor­der.

A goal by Seán Cor­co­ran in the fifth minute gave Dwyers the start they needed against a strong and well drilled Kil­bride/Lacken team and set the scene for a great bat­tle. Eoin Len­non scored a great goal be­fore Gareth He­garty has a goal from a close in free to bring the Liffysiders back into the game.

Pádraig Byrne added a point and Dwyers led by 2-1 to 1-0 at half-time

Kil­bride/Lacken man of the match Gareth He­garty got the first goal of the sec­ond-half and then pointed a free to level the game for the first time.

Liam Keogh soloed through from half-back to send over a Dwyers point but the mighty He­garty lev­elled the game once more.

Two late points by Stephen Coogan sealed victory for the Car­low bor­der club.

This was a great team dis­play by ‘Dwyers with every­one play­ing their part.

Gareth He­garty stood out above all oth­ers on the Kil­bride/Lacken team with Mark Ranaghan, Aaron Cur­ren, Fi­achra Dil­lon, Si­mon Creighton, Conor Ryan and Zach Den­ni­son oth­ers to shine.

Jimmy Bir­chall in­tro­duced Teresa Daniels who pre­sented the cup to the Dwyers cap­tain Dar­ragh Byrne. Jimmy then pre­sented his own Man of the Match tro­phy to the sec­ond of the Byrne twins Pádraig.

Michael Dwyers: Brian Kear­ney; Fionn Mur­phy, Daragh Byrne, Ross Fenton, Pádraig O’Toole, Eoin Len­non (1-0) Pádraig Byrne, Eoin Byrne; Seán Cor­co­ran (1-0) Stephen Coogan (0-2), Shane O’Toole; Jonathan Don­negan, Shane Don­negan, Kevin O’Toole; Liam Keogh (01), Aaron Byrne, Dara Byrne, Jamie Clare, Michael Clynch, Colm Mur­phy.

Kil­bride/Lacken: Ja­son Mullen; Evan Fee­ley, Mark Ranaghan, Ciarán Hayter; Sara Cullen, Eoin Gal­lagher, Mathew Ceighton; Gareth He­garty (2-2), Zach Den­ni­son; Si­mon Creighton, Aaron Cullen, Fi­achra Dil­lon; Conor Ryan, Peter Flan­na­gan, Calum Ash­more; Troolach McKnight, Oliver Col­lise, Conor Daly, Ben Mur­phy, Charly Clark, Tadhg McKnight, David Gal­lagher, Rodger Seth/Smith, Seán Kir­wan, Mickey Ward, Dean Byrne, Greg O’Neill, Dy­lan Maguire, Cather­ine Ward.

Michael Dwyers U-11s, the first win­ners of the Ray Daniels Memo­rial Tro­phy.

Teresa Daniels presents the Ray Daniels Memo­rial Tro­phy to Michael Dwyer’s cap­tain Pádraig Byrne.

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