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Harps complete sensational season treble

Strathroy Harps defeated Beragh in this evening’s Mulhern Cup Final

Strathroy Harps..0

Beragh Swifts…0

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(Harps won 5-3 on penalties)

Strathroy Harps claimed a sensational season treble by clinching the Mulhern Cup for a third consecutive time after extra-time and penalties.

The holders were pushed all the way by a battling Beragh in this evening’s Ferney Park showpiece final but it was Harps who held their nerve to win 5-3 in the dreaded shootout.

Simon O’Neill’s clinching spot-kick sparked wild celebrations as the Omagh side added the Mulhern to the Mercer League and Kennedy Cup.

Harps enjoyed the best of the first half exchanges and just 10 minutes in Tommy Murphy had a effort harshly chalked off for foul on Beragh goalkeeper Jordan Newell.

Murphy then flashed a shot across goal and wide and shortly afterwards was denied by the legs of Newell.

On the half hour mark the striker connected with an Aidy McCaffrey free kick to loop a header onto the crossbar before Beragh fullback Kyle McKane tracked back to deny Mark Sloan a clear scoring opportunity.

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Beragh, while competitive, failed to fashion a clear sight on goal in the opening 45.

It was Keith Hamilton’s team however who created the first opening of the second period when Harps keeper Tim Harney pushed away a dangerous Micheal Brown free kick.

Thereafter Beragh became a force to be reckoned with although on 73 minutes McCaffrey swooped on a wayward header to go through one-on-one at the other end but Newell made another excellent stop.

Newell was fast becoming Beragh’s star performer as he again thwarted McCaffrey before Teague blazed into the side netting.

At the other end opposite number Harney parried a stinging effort by Stephen Browne who had been ushered in by Brown.

In added time Harney denied Brown shortly after Newell clawed out a speculative volley from McCaffrey before a cross cum shot by Harps captain Boyle struck a post before being cleared.

Neither side created a clear opening in the second period of added time despite the fact Swifts played out the tie with 10 men following what looked like a serious leg injury to Ryan Stewart.

Ultimately though it was Harps who held their nerve after the unfortunate Brown missed for Beragh.

The Teams

Strathroy Harps: Harney; Flanagan; S McCrory; Logue; Boyle; Nugent; M Sloan (G McCrory 56); O’Neill; Murphy (T Quinn 67); McCaffrey; Teague.

Subs not used: K Sloan; Taggart; Lynch; Johnston.

Beragh Swifts: Newell; Aiken; Mc Kane; Humphrey (Weir 87); Jo McKeown; Leatheret; Clements (R Stewart 67); Adams; Browne; Brown; Ja McKeown (J Armstrong 77).

Sub not used: McKinley; Fowler; Breen.

Referee: N  Noble (Kesh)

 

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