Booth’s double dreamland

by Gazette Reporter
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BOOTH Road Celtic made it two trophies in two weeks as they won the Noel Ryan Cup with a thrilling 4-3 win over Greystones United at Pearse Park on Saturday night.
Philip Sheppard scored twice as the Saturday Major 1B side continued their excellent season by landing the biggest Saturday cup prize in the LSL.
Both sides started the game well and exchanged chances early on but it was Booth who had the first. Sheppard managed to get himself in behind the defence but saw his effort well saved by the Greystones net-minder.
Greystones had a chance themselves two minutes later but their headed effort from six yards went just over. However, they did take the lead a minute later through a sensational strike from 35 yards after the ball was given away at the back by Booth.
Their lead didn’t last long, however, as Mikey Collins equalised for Booth within two minutes with a shot across the keeper that finished in the bottom corner.
The strike led to increased pressure from Booth and Sheppard put them in front after Greystones returned the favour with a defensive mistake in the 24th minute.
The Wicklow side responded well and drew level thanks to another long range shot that found the back of the net via a deflection this time round.
Sheppard fresh-aired a great chance to restore Booth’s lead but Greystones dominated the last 10 minutes of the half and forced Gary Cleary into a world class save.
The Clondalkin side started the second half brightly and scored 11 minutes after the restart through David Hooper after he headed home Shane Merrigan’s corner.
Collins and Sheppard then combined shortly afterwards to give Booth a two-goal cushion when the latter played a one-two with Collins before firing past the keeper.
Greystones pulled a goal back with 11 minutes remaining from 12 yards after the referee pointed to the spot. They had one half-chance over the remainder of the game as they tried to draw level but the ball ended up sailing over the bar and Booth were crowned champions.
It was another fine performance for Sheppard after the striker scored a hat trick the previous week to see them lift the Tom Carroll Cup with a 5-0 win over CIE Ranch.
Their season could be rounded off in perfect fashion if they can secure promotion to Major 1A from their last three games of the season.
They currently sit in fourth position in the league and three points off the top. However, with two of the teams above them having played all their games and the other team with one remaining, the odds of winning the title look firmly in favour of Booth Road.

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