Set and match to star Mahony

by Aaron Dunne
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Ballyoulster United AFC- 5

Sandyhill Shangan 2

Sean Mahony took home the match ball and a Verne Dean Cup medal from Westmanstown last weekend.

The midfielder was a cup final hat trick hero for a rampant Ballyoulster United as they claimed the Vere Deane Cup.

Having accounted for the likes of Celbridge Town, Mount Merrion, Palmerstown and Mountview CFC, the Division 3 Sunday side produced a five star display to defeat Sandyhill Shangan in the decIder.

Four of those goals came as United hit top form in a one-sided first half.

Ewan Dunne broke the deadlock early on as he finished his own rebound after hitting the post when Mike Mahony and Scott Redmond combined to put him through.  

Mahony got his first for the Leinster Junior Shield semi-finalists not too long after his effort from a Scott Redmond corner awarded by the lineman despite Sandyhill claims it was cleared off the line.  

There was no debate surrounding a brilliant third, Sam Sinnott finding the top corner with a half volley, putting the kind of finishing touches Kyran Sheehan’s run and pinpoint cross deserved.

Another right win Sheehan run was the catalyst for the fourth, this time the wide man found the feet of Sam Sinnott, who after a one-two with Riley Houghton found Redmond, who laid off ‘hit that’ style for Mahony, who accepted the invitation to fire home his second.

To their credit, Sandyhill didn’t give up and pulled one back via the spot after half time but any hopes of a comeback were ruined by Mahony when scored a penalty of his own after Darragh Leavy was felled in the box.

Shangan did score again but the 90th minute strike was never going to be more than a consolation effort.

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