Emotional day as LSL win Fullam Cup

by Jonny Stapleton
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Leinster Senior League 5

Athletic Union League 1

Jonny Stapleton

There were emotional scenes at the AUL Bowl last week as Lee Fullam scored two and set up one as the Leinster Senior League select won the game set up to honour his late brother.

While it may grow into a major fixture on the amateur football calendar and an eagerly anticipated cup clash, the result mattered little when it came to the inaugural Glenn Fullam Challenge Cup. It was more about celebrating the life of a young man taken in his prime.

However, it was poignant his brother played an influential role the LSL’s relatively one-sided win and equally fitting the league Fullam last played in, in the colours of Crumlin United, claimed victory in front of his family and a large crowd.

The Athletic Union League were competitive early on and had the games first big chance but a fantastic five minute flurry saw the LSL put the game to bed before the break.

Crumlin player Dean Sutcliffe broke the deadlock 10 minutes before half time and by the time 40 minutes had passed there were three goals between the sides.

Sutcliffe’s cut in and drive was followed by Lee Fullam’s first, much to the delight of the watching crowd, Fullam got in behind, tricked his way around the keeper and rolled the ball home.

Two became three very soon after as Fullam put it on a plate for Anthony Dolan to score. Amos Dosu who pulled off a sensational save in the first half quashed any AUL revival hopes with a penalty save early in the second half.

Fullam then doubled his personal tally with a clever finish to make it four Gary Burke scored the AUL’s first ever goal in the cup contest.

Jake Donnelly added further gloss to the score line with a strike the late Glenn Fullam would have more than appreciated. the former Crumlin striker and current Aungier Celtic star man wrapped up the scoring with a special free kick.

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