Cappry played in the Champions League Final last Friday evening in a sun soaked Leckview Park in Letterkenny. Their opponents on the day were Kilmacrennan Celtic and they set their stall from early on when they had 5 across the back line and were hoping to catch Cappry on the break. They were defending fairly well but they weren’t putting any pressure on the Cappry goal. Cappry eventually got the breakthrough in the 23rd minute when Andrew Murray created a moment of magic and scored a wonder goal that brought loud cheers from the big Cappry support who had travelled to cheer the lads along. Andrew was outside the corner of the 18yard box when the ball fell to him and he met the ball on the volley and rifled the ball over the keeper and into the far top corner of the goals. It was a class goal. This was a blow to Kilmacrennan and they were soon to find themselves 2 goals behind after Luke McGlynn drilled in a shot that the keeper could only parry and Kevin McCormick was in the right place to follow it up and head the ball over the line. At this stage there only seemed to be 1 winner. Cappry were always on top and they limited Kilmacrennan to 1 shot in the 1st half. Their work rate was phenomenal and they never let Kilmacrennan have any time on the ball. Just before halftime Oisin McGlinchey delivered yet another pinpoint corner which Luke McGlynn got on the end of and finished to the back of the net to leave the halftime score Cappry 3-0 Kilmacrennan.
Cappry came back out in the 2nd half and continued with their high intensity game and had chance after chance to extend their lead. Midway through the 2nd half Mark Mbuli was put through in box and cleverly nicked the ball past the out rushing keeper and into the back of the net. Kilmacrennan had their best chance of the game when a cross was delivered from the right wing to the back post but unfortunately for Kilmacrennan it was slightly to high for their player who was coming in at the back post unmarked and he could only head wide. Cappry were not finished yet and Kevin McCormick scored a fine header into the bottom left hand corner following a fantastic delivery from Luke McGlynn who broke down the right and had the vision to see Kevin unmarked in the box. It was a very good finish that the keeper hadn’t a chance to save. Final score was 5-0. When the final whistle sounded the celebrations began. It was the prefect end to what has been an unbelievable season for these young lads. They went the whole season unbeaten in the league and won comfortably, they also won the U12 East Donegal Cup. Added to that they were also the champions of Ulster on their way to the last 32 in Ireland in the National Cup.
It was a fine Quadruple to achieve.
Well done to all the players who give great commitment all year. A massive well done also to the management team of Martin McMenamin, James “Shorty” Long and Kevin McCormick.
In fact all the U12’s in our club have had a great season. We had 2 teams entered into the Reserve Division, the Cappry Colts and the Cappry Crusaders. The Crusaders were unbeaten in the League and were crowned winners and the Colts were runners up. The Colts and Crusaders were also up against each other in the Cup Final and in a very tight game which went to extra time the Colts emerged victorious, leaving both teams with a trophy each.