Goals either side of the break from Danny Kindlon in Oriel Park on Saturday afternoon gave Quay Olympic a surprise cup final win over Shamrocks.
The Quay team were rank outsiders going in to the game against the league champions Shamrocks but in true cup fashion they defeated the odds to win the cup for the second year in a row.
The gale force wind ruined the occasion and made it very difficult for both teams to try and play any sort of passing game resulting in a very scrappy encounter but full credit to the Quay side that seized the initiative on the day to win the cup.
Shamrocks had the advantage of the strong wind in the first half but it was Quay Olympic who looked more comfortable.
Gearoid Cronin’s cross from the left wing in the 9th minute found Danny Kindlon in space but the Quay striker delayed too long and Conor Mulligan nipped in to clear the danger.
Kindlon made amends one minute later when he reacted the quickest after a horrible mix up in the Shamrocks defence to find himself one on one with Sean Smith and he slotted home to put Quay 1-0 ahead.
Kian Kearney’s cracking effort from outside the box flew wide of the Quay post in the 24th minute and Anto Reilly went close soon after but his shot was blocked by Quay Olympic full back David Lennon as Shamrocks pressed to get on the score-sheet before the half time whistle.
Reilly was unlucky early in the second half to see his effort go wide after a neat passing move involving Sheriff Ayoade and Kian Kearney but it was Quay who doubled their advantage in the 10th minute when Conor Kirk’s long pass from the Quay half of the pitch sent Danny Kindlon racing clear of the Shamrocks defence and he beat the advancing ‘keeper to put Quay 2-0 ahead.
Shamrocks piled forward in search of goals for the remainder of the game but Quay Olympic defended in numbers and showed great determination and commitment to deservedly take the cup home to the Point Road.
QUAY OLYMPIC: Ruari Cooney, David Lennon, Cormac Callan, Neil Mulholland, Owen Farrell, Darren Litchfield, Liam McVikar, Connor Kirk, Daragh Hamill, Danny Kindlon, Gearoid Cronin, Michael O’Callaghan, Vinny Smith, Dean O’Connell, Barry McCarthy.
SHAMROCKS: Sean Smith, Glen Mackin, Conor Mulligan, George McEnteggart, Conor Coleman, Dean Brown, Anto Reilly, Kian Kearney, Sheriff Ayoade, Robert Mackin, Keelan Ryan, Arda Yildrum, Josh Curtis, Kian Hoey, Adris Akinade, Guthi Foko, Dami Sansui.