Nail-biting Cup win for Cloonfad

Premier Division Cup  Cloonfad United 1 Shiven Rovers 1 (a.e.t.). Cloonfad United win 9-8 on penalties Dave Dibble Cloonfad United won the Roscommon & District League Premier Division Cup following a penalty shoot-out against Shiven Rovers at Onagh Park, Taughmaconnell.    The opening half was very poor and failed to live up to expectations as neither side really looked like scoring with both defences well on top.    The second half was a little better. It was Shiven Rovers who broke the deadlock against the run of play. With just six minutes left on the clock following some good build-up play involving Shane Harkin, Padraig Mannion and Darren Carthy the ball reached Eoghan McDonagh and he volleyed to the Cloonfad United net from the edge of the penalty area.    In the dying minutes of the game Cloonfad United won a corner on the right-hand side of the park. United’s David Birmingham got a good header at the back post and Shiven Rovers’ Andy McKelvey prevented the ball from crossing the line. The referee awarded a penalty to Cloonfad United. Alan Glynn stepped up to send the game into extra-time. The penalty was considered harsh by many.     In the first period of extra-time it was Shiven Rovers who looked more likely to score but in the second period of extra-time it was all Cloonfad United. They were effectively camped in the Shiven half but could not get break through and the game went to a penalty shoot-out.    In all twenty well-struck penalties were taken with seventeen scored and the other three saved by the ‘keepers.    Darren Prendergast saved two for the winners (Cloonfad United) and Eugene Naughton saved one for Shiven Rovers. Final score in the penalty shoot-out was Cloonfad United nine, Shiven Rovers eight. Shiven Rovers: Eugene Naughton, Andy McKelvey, Mike Doyle, Martin Killilea, Gearóid O’Connor, William Hannon, Darren Carty, Eoghan McDonagh, Steve Harkin, Padraic Mannion, Conor Delaney. Subs: Mark Kelly, Mike Turley, Tomás Hannon, Joe Devaney, Philip Heavey. Cloonfad United: Darren Prendergast, Declan Birmingham, Danny Flatley, David Birmingham, Declan Costello, John Burke, Aidan Keadin, Paschál Ronayne, Alan Glynn, Paddy Flatley, Aidan O’Boyle. Subs: Daryl Conneely, David Mullarkey, Dermot Burke.  Man of the Match: Shiven Rovers’ left-back Andy McKelvey was outstanding.