Ballyoran FC lift Gerald Kennedy Cup…

Congratulations to a victorious Ballyoran FC side on their recent 2-1 win over a hard-working Rossowen FC in this season’s final of the Gerald Kennedy Cup, which was held at Holm Park, home of Armagh City FC.

It was a finely balanced contest, which saw an early moment of controversy, when the ball almost crossed the Ballyoran goal line only to be scrambled away again by keeper Martin McGuigan.

The match then settled into a bit of a pattern, with both sides getting on top for short spells, but it was really more a case of neither side wanting to budge an inch, as the game remained deadlocked without a score at the half-time interval.

Then the Portadown men took the lead midway through the second period when Francis McCann scored, and it looked like they were quite content to sit tight and possibly even hold out for the final whistle.

However, Rossowen’s Gareth Clarke had other ideas and duly equalized with just 3 minutes left. However, as the old cliche goes, ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’, as with only seconds remaining it was the MUFA’s Man of the Match Conor Hagan who made the decisive move when scoring in the 93rd minute to seal the win.

A tough way to lose any game, never mind a cup final, but all credit must go to the lads from Carnbane League side Rossowen FC for a very spirited display, which was only just short of matching one of the top Junior teams in the Mid-Ulster League, namely Ballyoran.

The Mid-Ulster FA council would like to thank Armagh City FC for their hospitality, referee Neil Sinton and his assistants John Doherty and Neil McNickle, and of course Bobby Lutton and Andrew Dowds of the Mechanics Institute Lurgan for their continued support of the Gerald Kennedy Cup competition down through all these years.