Robert Baxter received the Challenge Cup from UCFL Chairman Barney Blood
Cup Finals update – Tallaght win Challenge Cup as Ashwood pick up MMI
23/08/2020

The UCFL’s MMI and O’Neills.com Challenge Cup Finals were both successfully held on Saturday (22/08/2020).

In the opening match, for the MMI Cup, Ashwood, new to the UCFL this season, proved too strong for Castle Celtic 2nds, with an early goal from Stephen Bayliss giving them a lead they never relinquished. They eventually extended their lead 15 minutes from time through Nathan Killeen and, though Mark Healy pulled one back for Castle 5 minute later, Paul Tumulty wrapped it up for Ashwood in the final minutes.

Later in the day, Castle’s 1st team took to the pitch for the O’Neills.com Challenge Cup Final, facing Tallaght Utd., recently crowned winners of Division 1. After an evenly contested opening half hour, Tallaght went in front when Liam Woods scored direct from a corner, his kick eluding Dylan Cottuli with more than a little help from the swirling wind.

Castle got on level terms 5 minutes into the second half when Conor McGreal slid in at the far post to equalise. At that point, a tremendous struggle seemed in prospect, but the game turned in a disastrous couple of minutes for Castle Celtic. Just two minutes after their equaliser, Fionn Fitzpatrick was sent off for a second yellow card and then, to compound matters, after a corner was forced from the resulting free-kick, Joe Rooney headed Tallaght back in front. The result was rarely in doubt from that moment, with 10-man Castle’s attempts to get back in the game leaving them increasingly vulnerable on the break. Tallaght went further in front midway through the half through another from Liam Woods and the same player completed his hat-trick 5 minutes from time. Carl Farrell completed the scoring with virtually the last kick of the game.

23/08/2020 01:16