MARSHALL CUP (FINAL) DOLLINGSTOWN 2 DUNGANNON TIGERS 0
GOALS by Ashley Gregg and Chris Mackle provided Dollingstown with Easter joy at Lakeview Park on Monday to wrap up a successful defence of the Marshall Cup prize.
The top-flight defending Marshall Cup champions lined out against a Dungannon Tigers side aiming to add another scalp to the Division One-based outfit’s knockout progress.
Tigers made the trip to Loughgall boosted by defeats in previous rounds of Fivemiletown United and Tandragee Rovers.
However, Dollingstown eventually managed to overcome Tigers to take home a third Marshall Cup under the management of Gary Duke.
“In the six seasons I have been at this club we have reached four finals now and the semi-finals on two occasions,” said Duke. “It is a great competition, with back-to-back wins a real boost.
“The only downside was an injury to Aaron Moffett which left the defender in hospital requiring treatment.
“Everyone connected to Dollingstown would like to wish Aaron a full and speedy recovery.”
Gregg kicked off the scoring with a neat finish off Richard Thompson’s pass at the end of clever approach play by Dollingstown.
Mackle then fired Dollingstown into a 2-0 lead by smashing home on the volley from a tight angle.
“Ashley also missed a great one-on-one with the goalkeeper and Colin Cunningham steered one over the bar from a great position,” said Duke. “The pitch was quite dry and the strong wind made it difficult to move the ball about the way we wanted.
“However, we managed to get a grip on the game and move 2-0 up, with Tigers also reduced to 10 men at that stage.
“Now we can turn our focus to a strong finish to the league season.”
DOLLINGSTOWN: Chris Fletcher, Adam Walker, Chris Mackle, Mark Savage, Mark Gracey, Aaron Moffett, Jordan Gibson, Andy Hamilton, Brian Quilty, Ashley Gregg, Richard Thompson. Subs: John Banks, Duncan Stoddart, Colin Cunningham, Michael McClean, Graham Hyndes.