The traditional finish to the Dundalk Winter League season, the TJ Moore Cup final, takes place in Oriel Park on Saturday night, April 5.
The trophy is dedicated to the memory of the young man who, along with his friend Aidan McDonnell, founded the Winter League back in 1982. The Winter League filled the sporting void in the town during the winter months and has grown to give a lot of lads a lot of pleasure and craic over all those years. Lots of local ex-footballers reading this can say they played in the final and can boast of possessing the unique medals.
This year’s final has all the hallmarks of a classic with both teams involved tending to play at a very fast pace and the pairing of Cluan Enda and Park Celtic will mean that a new name will go on the famous trophy.
Cluan Enda came close to wrestling the league championship away from Muirhevnamor and took the long time holders to the final game. They led the league right up until the last two games before results just went against them. They see this final as more than adequate compensation and are really buoyed up.
Both semi-finals were a credit to all involved. Cluan Enda were being held by a gallant Bay Wanderers side until the last 10 mins but ran out 5-2 winners in the end.
Park Celtic’s semi was even more tight as they finished level at 3-3 with adversaries Avenue Celtic. The match went to penalties and great goalkeeping restricted the score to 3-2 in Park’s favour.
Kick-off is at 7pm and a large crowd is expected. Good luck to both teams and be assured that whatever happens the memories will remain forever.