Carrick United – 0
Yet another trophy found a home in Graun Park, the home of Tramore AFC following this superb decider between two heavyweight teams in Ozier Park last week.
A close encounter was predicted prior to kick-off and that is exactly what we got. Carrick United enjoyed a lot of possession and they will count themselves a little unlucky not to have come out on top but a well drilled Tramore defence and strikers who took their chances meant that the famous Maurice Woolfson Cup, fi rst played for way back in 1971, made its way back to Graun Park.
Carrick almost opened the scoring in the first minute when Luke Kiely sent over a curling cross from the left but the ball came back off Cian Connor’s crossbar.
Tramore took the lead with what their first real attack of the game on 13 minutes.
Lee Power played a long ball forward to the edge of the Carrick United penalty area. A defender and goalkeeper David Power got their signals mixed-up and Regix Madika took full advantage and cracked the ball into an empty net from 15 yards range.
The seasiders then went close on 22 minutes through Ben Palmer but his volley flew over the crossbar. Carrick had a decent chance when Dean Walsh found himself in front of goal on 37 minutes but he was unable to keep his composure and he shot high and wide.
On the stroke of half time Regix Madika set up Ben Palmer but he also could not take advantage of the opportunity presented to him.
The second half saw Carrick pile on the pressure and it took some wonderful defending and closing down by the Tramore defence to keep them at bay.
Luke Kiely did escape the Tramore shackles on 68 minutes after a pass from Graham Holloway but his thunderous shot on the run came crashing back off the Tramore crossbar.
Three minutes later Kiely was out of luck once again. He found a little bit of space inside the Tramore defence and unleashed a rocket of a shot at goal but Cian Connor produced an extraordinary save.
The ball came back to Graham Holloway but he could only find the side netting.
Tramore wrapped up the game five minutes from full time when Kai Wilmot, who had replaced Ben Palmer after 64 minutes, somehow managed to find the net after he raced forward to meet a pass from Jack Larkin.
Ben Richards accepted the Maurice Woolfson Cup from David Cullen of the WSFL and it was a sweet moment as the majority of this squad have been together for five years.
TRAMORE: Cian Connor, Tom Carney, Lee Power, Ben Richards, Daryl Walsh, Jack Larkin, Ben Breslin, Cian Flanagan, Regix Madika, Lee Kavanagh, Ben Palmer, Kai Wilmot, Ryan Law, Ben Daly, Dan Morrissey.
CARRICK UNITED: David Power, Josu Ellis, Joe Keogh, Jason Moore, Dean Kiely, James Whelan, Darragh Walsh, Luke Kiely, Billy Power, Dean Walsh, Sean Martin, Grahan Holloway, Jack Walsh, Jack Lyons, Suazad Jauan, Ian Holloway, Manus McFadden, Cian Kinsella.
REFEREE: Derek O’Brien.
ASSISTANTS: Adrian Scanlon, Marky Lucas.