Best moments from Desmond League soccer season

Frank Nelligan

Reporter:

Frank Nelligan

Best moments from Desmond League soccer season

Frank Nelligan looks back on the Desmond League soccer season and picks out the moments and the players that made the biggest impression.
Based on matches that I have reported on this season, the following is a purely personal selection of end-of-season awards:

Best Goalkeeping Performance
A tie between Patrick Kenrick for Ballingarry v Broadford United in the Premier Division League Cup Final (lost 3-2 aet), Kevin Mee for Newcastle West Rovers v Abbeyfeale United on last day of Premier Division (lost 3-2) and Mike Stack for Glin Rovers v Broadford United in the Desmond Cup quarterfinal (won 1-0 aet)

Best Team Defensive Performance
Abbeyfeale United against Janesboro in Munster League Champions Trophy (lost on penalties after 1-1 draw)

Best Individual Defensive Performance
Chris Riedy for Newcastle West Rovers B in the Richard Hogan Cup Final v Knockaderry (won 1-0)

Best Central Defender
Sean O’Shea (Rathkeale)

Best Central Midfielders
A tie between Joe Kelliher (Abbeyfeale United), Gary Egan (Broadford United), Micheal Brosnan (Broadford United) and Aaron Smith (Rathkeale Youths)

Best Wide Midfielder
Darragh Ranahan (Askeaton Youths)

Best Dribbler
Kevin Murphy (Athea Utd)

Hardest-working striker
A tie between Pa Ahern (Rathkeale) and Ger Riordan (Glin Rovers B)

Best Young Player
Karl O’Sullivan (Glin Rovers)

Best Goal
Cormac Roche for Abbeyfeale United v Newcastle West Rovers in October when he went on a solo run from inside his own half, dribbling past two opponents en route, and then squeezed a powerful low shot just inside the left-hand post from 26 yards

Most Dramatic Goal
Substitute Paudie Smith’s injury-time winner against Newcastle West Rovers in the final game of the Premier Division season that retained the League title for Abbeyfeale United

Best Free-kick
Keith Harnett’s unstoppable free-kick into the top left-hand corner to put Rathkeale 2-0 up in the Desmond Cup Final

Best Acceptance Speech
Joe McAuliffe’s speech after Broadford United beat Ballingarry in the Premier Division League Cup Final

Best Venue
The Demesne for the excellent way the Newcastle West club prepared the pitch and the grounds for the Desmond Cup Final

Team of the Season
Rathkeale Youths, for winning Youths Division 1, the Desmond Youths Cup and Youths Division 1 League Cup, as well as reaching the last sixteen of the FAI Youths Cup