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O’HARA’S ‘DREAM’ COMES TRUE AS THEY RECAPTURE ARRANMORE CHALLENGE CUP

first_imgDamien O’Hara’s star studded ‘Damo’s Dream’ side recaptured the Arranmore Challenge Cup for the first time since 2012.In another superb weekend of top-class football it was Damo’s Dream who came out on top after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Real Lypis. Real Lypis reached the final courtesy of comprehensive 3-0 victories over The Rebels and Clannad Celtic respectively.However, Bernie Lenty’s side needed a dramatic last minute header from John Sweeney against The Saturday’s in their final group game just to advance to the knockout stages.Damo’s Dream strolled through the group stages, but narrowly overcame a spirited Barhale side 1-0 in the quarter-finals thanks to a goal from player-of-the-tournament Paul McVeigh.However, in a thrilling semi-final Damo’s Dream overcame FC Palatico on penalties after the game finished 2-2. In a scoreless first-half the game sprung to life after the interval and FC Palatico took the lead from a corner.McVeigh hit back but Kyle Black look like he had won it for FC Palatico when he scored an absolute screamer with a few minutes left to play.However, Damo’s Dream showed great character and Davitt Walsh was awarded a contentious penalty after Con McLaughlin adjudged Paul Sweeney to have bundled him over in the box.Walsh dusted himself down and converted the penalty to send the game to a penalty shoot-out.Damo’s Dream advanced to set up a cracking final with Real Lypis.The game ended 1-1 after normal time, Davitt Walsh fired Damo’s ahead in the first-half, but Damo’s roared back and equalised from a corner when Brian ‘Chucky’ McQueen headed home. Lypis looked the more likely to win it, John Sweeney hit a stunning strike which struck the inside of the post but it agonisingly rolled across the line and out to safety.The game went to penalties and when Real Lypis player Shaun Thomas sent his effort over the bar the cup was back with Damo’s Dream.Both sides have dominated the competition over the last number of years and have now played each other in three finals in the last five years.Damo’s Dream have won on penalties twice (2011, 2015) while Lypis defeated them 3-2 in 2013. It’s also the second year in-a-row that Lypis have heartbreakingly lost the final on penalties and the third year-in-a-row they’ve contested the final.They lost last year’s decider on penalties against Finn Harps.However, they haven’t lost a match in the competition in THREE years but that will be scant consolation to manager Bernie Lenty who was devastated to miss out on the title again.Early’s Bar was rocking into the early hours with Jerry as always providing top quality entertainment and banter throughout the night as all the teams joined together in celebration of a superb weekend.Sean O’Hara who had a superb tournament at the back for Damo’s danced his socks off all night and looked like the happiest man on the island having finally won back the Arranmore Challenge Cup.Known locally as ‘púca’ O’Hara did resemble a ghost early on Monday morning and seemed to be suffering badly from the effects of the excessive celebrations.The strong winds that lashed the island also made Paul McVeigh’s trendy haircut resemble Bobby Charlton’s comb-over from the 70’s.There was also widespread panic among the Scottish lads when they realised the exchange rate had plummeted over the weekend.Thankfully, members of the squad had brought the expensive Scottish vino ‘Buckfast’ with them and the emergency was averted.Daniel ‘Rocky’ O’Donnell was impressive all weekend on the pitch but it was his shirt on Sunday night that really turned heads.His Hawaii style shirt really stood out and completely overshadowed Christopher McGlynn’s ‘double-denim’ combination which clearly annoyed the Sligo IT student.Shane Elliott was as always dressed in his traditional Finn Harps clobber and was overheard telling a few impressionable young women on the island that his name was Kevin McHugh. 🙂As always it was another unbelievable weekend of football and craic and reiterated yet again why it’s regarded as one of the best football tournaments around.Well done to the committee and all involved with Arranmore United FC for yet again putting on a superb tournament.On a side note a special mention must go to Noel Early, this was the first year he had missed the tournament because he was doing the Cork marathon and his absence was felt.Noel a multiple winner of the Arranmore Challenge Cup over the years completed the marathon in a time of 3hrs and 55minutes.Well done Noel and well done to all the teams that participated in the competition.The countdown to JBH 2016 has begun. 🙂O’HARA’S ‘DREAM’ COMES TRUE AS THEY RECAPTURE ARRANMORE CHALLENGE CUP was last modified: June 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arranmore Challenge CupJBHnewsSportlast_img read more