Crumlin too hot for Cole’ in Lanigan Cup decider

by Dave Donnelly

CRUMLIN United relinquished their Saturday Major crown but they managed to get their hands on some silverware as they lifted the Lanigan Cup with a 3-2 victory over Colepark United.

The club’s Sunday team replaced Bluebell United as champions of the top intermediate league and the roles were reversed as the Bell ended Crumlin’s seven-year reign in Saturday competition

Bluebell’s Red Cow ground hosted Saturday’s final between Shane Carlile’s side and Colepark, who surprised many by finishing fifth in their second year at this level.

Sam Burgess, who has made his breakthrough to the Sunday team in recent months, scored twice while Leon Foley was also on target in a closely-contested game.

Graham Dowling had put the Ballyfermot side in front in the first half while Adam Wasser tied the scores up at 2-2 before Burgess struck the winner nine minutes from time.

Colepark hit the front when Crumlin conceded a free kick on the halfway line and the resulting ball into the box was nodded down for Dowling to slot into the net.

Within five minutes, Crumlin were level, however, as Foley struck a spectacular effort from 35 yards into the top corner.

They completed the turnaround ten minutes into the second half when Dylan Whelan picked out Chris Strassle and his low cross was tapped in by Burgess at the back post.

Colepark never gave up and they drew level when Wasser capitalised on a defensive mix-up to tap into an empty net.

Crumlin sealed the deal inside the final ten minutes when the impressive Whelan played in Burgess and he set himself before shooting high into the net.

“After losing out on the title, it’s good to get some silverware to get the lads hungry for next season and knowing they can still win things,” manager Carlile tells the Dublin Gazette.

“Colepark are drastically improved this season. They went up last year and they gave us two good games.

“This year we only beat them 1-0 with an 88th minute goal first time around, and second time around they were missing two or three lads.

“They have good structure and a good set of young lads there, and they’ll be better next season.

“It’s disappointing that we lost the league as we’ve won it for the last seven years, but you have to lose at some point and credit to Bluebell. They played some good stuff this year.

“The average age was 23 or 24 on Saturday and we have some good lads coming through as well in the 19s.

“The likes of Sam, Leon, Callum Keane, Dylan, Calvin Rogers – to me they should be playing League of Ireland.

“It’s great for them to get the feel of senior football and see if they’re able to make the next step.

“That’s my whole purpose with the Saturday team, to get them up with the Sunday side.”

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