Michael Dwyers build on perfect start
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.