Leinster Senior League: Lummy Cup Final

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Forget Manchester City Usher Celtic are on course for the most sensational of trebles.

A whirlwind week saw Wes Doyle’s delight in double success, Usher securing the Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday 1A title and the Lummy Cup in the space of a week.

The silverware hunt doesn’t end there, however, the talent-packed and success-laden Inner City club could make it a treble-winning season.

Usher remain just 90 minutes away from Leinster Senior Cup success and one of the most famous wins in amateur football history.

Their treble success relies on them taking the scalp of either Shelbourne or Bohemians but considering they accounted for Malahide United, Drogheda United, and Bray on their run to the final they will hold cup shock hope.

The first leg of a potential trio of triumphs was secured midweek last week courtesy of five-star performance against Inchicore Athletic.

Former Irish amateur international Gary Gannon scored a hat trick while Calvin Douglas and Graham Curran also found their way onto the scoresheet as Usher made it three league title wins in a row and won the LSL third tier with three games to spare.

Cup success followed less than a week later. Celtic won a battle of league champions, beating Senior 1B title winners Finglas United to lift the LSL Lummy Cup.

Jordan Buckley stole the spotlight this time around, taking the Man of the Match gong after bagging a brace.

It was actually Gannon who opened the scoring, collected a Curran pass, buying himself space with a clever touch as making it four goals in two very important games with a cool finish as early as minute 11.

Finglas remained competitive throughout the first period with  Dean Ivory particularly threatening and Ross Buckley coming close twice.

However, their cup hopes went up in smoke when the game’s other Buckley got himself on the scoresheet, firing home after some Gannon pressing paid dividends.  

With 15 minutes to go, the Irish Amateur International and former FAI Junior Footballer of the Year added serious gloss to the score with a dinked finish.

Usher will now look to add the mother of all cherries on top of what has already been a sensational season by recording a famous cup win.

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