Raheen FC stole the show today as they defeated a team three Divisions above them to reach the Paddy Cotter Cup final.
This was the biggest game in the club’s history since their formation in 2002 and they romped to a 4-1 win over Monksland United who are currently eight points clear at the top of the Senior Division.
With only 12 fit players available, they traveled to Birr to take on Monksland.
Raheen took the lead after just 2 minutes with Chris Murray the scorer after a super run by Dan Dalton – and this set the tone for what is without doubt the shock of the season.
Raheen controlled the game and the score remained 1-0 despite the away side having chances to increase their lead.
The second half was only a few minutes old when Dan Dalton ran down the heart of the Monksland defence only to be hacked down on the edge of their box, resulting in the defender being sent off. He picked himself up and fired the free kick to the net.
It was 3-0 moments later when Mikey Dalton chipped in with one and the same player set up Chris Murray for his second and Raheen’s fourth with 15 mins to go. A late consolation goal was the best Monksland could manage.
The only black spot on an otherwise perfect day for Raheen was a seemingly bad ankle injury for Dan Dalton.
RAHEEN: Joseph Walshe; Daniel Butler, Clive Thompson, Colm Kavanagh, Mark McDonald; Mikey Dalton, Matthew Wallace, Wayne Carter, Conor Dunphy; Chris Murray, Dan Dalton. Subs: Podge Conlon for D. Dalton
Clonaslee 2 Gentex 0
Clonaslee reached the semi finals of the Billy Hyland Premier Division Cup following a 2-0 win over Gentex.
The Clonaslee lads are still fighting on two fronts as they currently sit top of the CCFL Premier Division.
O’Moore’s FC 3 Clara Town 0
O’Moore’s FC reached the CCFL Shield final following a convincing 3-0 win over Clara Town.
The Portlaoise outfit scored two penalties on their way to the victory which leaves them one step away from silverware.
Mark O’Sullivan converted both spot kicks and Ger McInerney notched the other in the triumph.
Stradbally Town 2 Walsh Island Shamrocks 5
Stradbally Town have been relegated to Division 2 of the CCFL following a three goal defeat in the Lawn this morning.
JP Cushen’s side got off to a great start when Darragh Mulhall found the net but they quickly went behind.
Alan Delaney grabbed one back but the Offaly side were far superior and ran out three goal winners.