After a tremendous performance against St Eunan’s, Deele had their place booked in the cup final. With a 3-1 victory against a strong Eunan’s team. (Ronan Kelly)
The match was held in Ballyshannon’s astro turf pitch due to bad weather days previous. There where changes made to Deele’s team than the last game they played. The match began at quarter to one. The first half had begun as expected with both teams fighting in midfield for possession of the ball. It was not long in when Deele made their own chances but where denied by Eunan’s back line each time. Twenty minutes in Deele had their first real scoring chance when a free kick was just put over the bar. Shortly after that Eunan’s had a cross which was passed out and shot with real venom, smashing the post and cleared away. Just after that Deele’s Declan Sharkey bagged himself his first goal before half time.
This caused great anger in the Eunan’s team and tempers fumed as they walked off for half time. The second half soon began, and one up Deele’s hope had risen. Eunan’s had not settled down and spent the second half arguing amongst each other. Half way into the second Deele’s Alex Carlin had to come off due to injury. On came Zac Brolly who scored the winning penalty in the previous game.
With just minutes left Declan Sharkey scored a fantastic goal chipping St Eunan’s keeper for his second of the game. Shortly after that with sure class Declan had got his Hat Rick with a checky shot down the keeper’s right. This had been a great day for the Deele player, to secure a Hat Rick against such a strong team. Deele went straight into defence with ten players in their own box at one stage. Eunans where hitting shots from as close as they could get. Sean Friel denying them with some stunning saves. Eventually two minutes to go Eunans scored their first and only goal. The time was up and Deele where in the final.
The winners of coarse where Deele and when it was time to pick a man of the match there was one who had deserved it from the start. That was Deele’s Declan Sharkey with his hard work and determination standing out the most.