THE first silverware of the 2012-13 season was won by Carew Park at the weekend when they came from a goal down to win the Premier League’s Tuohy Cup in a 3-1 victory over Fairview Rangers.
It was the first trophy in 12 years for Carew, whose last success was again in the Tuohy Cup back in 2001, and it was a well deserved victory in a display that showed plenty of verve, commitment and skill. Once again the job Leonard Earls has done training the side was there for all to see.
Carew Park could be accused of being a bit complacent going into the game and for the first quarter found it difficult against a more committed and eager Fairview XI. Dermot Finnan’s men took a lead in their period of dominance but the winners eventually found their feet and in the end ran out comfortable winners.
Carew Park striker Jonathan Grant’s reputation continues to grow and he turned in another fine outing on Friday. His ability to lose his marker is a joy to watch and his work ethic is equally impressive. John Boyle was a constant source of danger for the winners while at the back Mark Slattery was rock solid with captain Mark Keane leading by example however my man of the match was Francis Kett. The left full back was always in the thick of the action setting up the second and scoring the third goals.
Fairview started superbly with a fine mix of aggression and skill. The speed of Craig Reddan, Mark McGrath and Colin Scanlon had Carew very jittery early on. Richie Mullins gave it his all at the heart of the defence while keeper Jamie Stewart also had a fine outing.
Obviously disappointed, Fairview should take heart from the game. They are a young squad with huge potential and very little missing to turn that potential to success.
The freezing conditions did not deter a fine crowd from turning out and the players responded with a full blooded opening to the game
Within a minute Pat Boyle played John Connery clear but his shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Jamie Stewart who set up a quick breakaway for Mark McGrath who controlled the ball well but lifted his shot just over the Carew goal.
McGrath was not to be denied however and on 15 minutes the Fairview striker latched onto Craig Reddan’s through ball to fire past the advancing keeper for a fine score.
Surprisingly, instead of pushing their advantage Fairview seemed to retreat.
Whether it was of their own doing or the fact that Carew seemed to snap out of their slumber the result was that Carew took control equalised ten minutes later when John Boyle’s cross was flicked on by Grant to Jamie O’Sullivan who made no mistake from an acute angle.
With theirs up Carew nearly added a second a minute later but Jonathan Grant superbly executed overhead kick from six yards was superbly saved by Stewart.
Excellent work on the right by Colin Scanlon saw him deliver into the Carew area for strike partner McGrath who looked sure to nab a second when Gary Griffin got a vital touch to put the ball to safety.
Carew grabbed the lead on the half hour mark when a super run down the left by Kett ended with an perfect ball into the area where Grant rose between two defenders to head home.
The second half began with a Pat Boyle thunderbolt that forced Stewart to punch to safety and from the resultant corner Mark Keane headed just over the top.
Carew squandered a couple of good chances and looked like they might pay the price when McGrath got space in the box but his goal bound shot was blocked by the feet of Power.
With just a goal between the sides Fairview still had hope but once John Boyle pulled the ball across the box for Francis Kett to scored it was game over.
Accepting the trophy from LDMC Chairman Christy O’Dwyer, Carew’s captain Mark Keane spoke eloquently about the work done behind the scenes in the club that helped to bring this success to the club. He went on to add that Carew felt honoured to beat a club of Fairview’s standing in a cup final and assured a young Fairview XI their time will come again.
CAREW PARK - Ronan Power; Gary Griffin; Francis Kett; Mark Slattery; Mark Keane; John Boyle; Pat Boyle; Cyril Maher; Jamie O’Sullivan; John Connery; Jonathon Grant.
FAIRVIEW RANGERS - Jamie Stewart; Jason Mullins; Lucca Tedde; Aaron Cooney; Richie Mullins; Craig Reddan; Colm Heffernan; Niall O’Riordan; Andrew Shally; Mark McGrath; Colin Scanlon. Subs: Eddie Mangan; Shane Power; Craig Madigan