Tuesday, 23 May 2017

SIXTH TITLE FOR CELTIC thumbnailNEWRY Celtic celebrate joyously after winning the AOH Cup.

NEWRY CELTIC eased their way to a sixth AOH Cup, after a resounding 6-1 defeat of Cartwheel United in the final of the competition at Jennings Park on Friday evening, writes Sean McKevitt.

It was sweet revenge too for the Celts, who were beaten 2-0 in last season's final by Cartwheel.

The showpiece final was all but over after the opening 45 minutes on Friday, as goals from Stephen Lowry, Stephen Wylie and Ronan Byrne saw the Hoops take a three goal advantage at the break, following a first half which also saw Celtic 'keeper Barry McParland save a John Murtagh penalty kick.

Stephen Daly added a fourth Celtic goal early in the second half, before Cartwheel's James Coyle pulled one back for the south Armagh side. But that was to be as good as it got for Peter Byrne's troops, as Celtic added two late goals through substitute Shane Burns and a second of the evening from Stephen Daly, to wrap up a comprehensive victory.

"We were slow getting off the mark but once we got into our rhythm we never looked back," said Newry Celtic joint manager, Liam Evans.

"I think the first goal settled us a bit. They had a good chance to get back into it with the penalty to make it 1-1, but when we got the second and third goals it was game over then," he concluded.

Celtic, who added the AOH Cup to the Bessbrook Cup they won on Boxing Day, are now on course for a historic treble of trophies. The Hoops are in action tonight (Tuesday) in the semi-final of the Fr. Davies Cup, where they will take on Ballybot United, with a place in the final of the competition at stake this Friday night.

Evans told the Democrat that he is expecting a tough game against his old club.

"They beat us already this year, so it'd be nice to get one over on them. We know it'll be a tough game, but we'll look forward to it," Evans said.

"A lot will depend on how the boys recover between now and Tuesday night," he added.


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