Morrisroe is the hero as Templeogue bag AFL Cup

by Jonny Stapleton
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Brian Morrisroe proved age is but a number as Templeogue United retained the AFL over 35s Cup last Saturday.

The 51-year-old showed you are never to old to enjoy sporting success or indeed secure hero status by firing home the winning penalty after the Oscar Traynor hosted decider went to a shootout.

Some fine David Frewen goal-keeping provided Morrisroe with the chance to win a tight and tense veteran-packed tie – and he made no mistake, rifling home left-footed into the top corner from 12 yards, giving Derek McDonnell, who went the right way, no chance.

The finish sparked the kind of celebrations that showed it still matters regardless of what age you are and that there is plenty of life left in some of Dublin football’s older legs.

It also made United back-to-back winners of the Amateur Football League competition.

With an all-star cast of yesteryear names on display, plenty turned up to the Oscar Traynor expecting to be entertained.

However, hopes of a classic final went out the window when the champions were reduced to 10 after 15 minutes.

Sheriff had the better of the play with former Killester favourite Davy Fitzsimons coming closest to scoring but ultimately the inner city veterans couldn’t find passage past Frewen and a resolute Templeogue reargaurd.

As a result, penalties ensued and the golden oldies of United celebrated another cup win.


Dublin Gazette – Digital Edition – October 12, 2023 – Dublin Gazette Newspapers – Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle

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