The 1st Round draw for the MDL Reserve Cup this season sees the Club’s Reserves managed by Luke Dempsey, take to the road to play Newtown Utd from the A Reserve Division. Newtown are comfortably placed mid-table at present with games in hand to play. The game is scheduled to be played over the next few weeks, probably early in January. Celtic are the current holders of the trophy having won it for the last two seasons.
In 2005/6 the Club played five games to win the trophy beating Enfield 7-0, Carrick Rovers on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Kentstown Rovers 2-1, OMP on penalties also after another 2-2 draw & Glenmuir in the final 2-1. Robert Bradley & Danny Quinn were in charge of the Reserves that season & one of the features of the cup run was the performance of Colm Harte in goal in saving twice from the spot in each of the penelty shoot outs.
Last season it took no less than six games to retain the trophy. First up was Slane who were defeated 4-0 in Slane in late November. In January OMP were beaten 2-0 & in April Longwood & then the Club Thirds (managed by Mick Craig) were put to the sword. Gavin Meehan scored the all importamnt only goal of the semi final against Square Utd in Tully Park & a week later goals by Andy Reilly & Danny Quinn landed the trophy as the Reserves saw off Glaslough Villa 2-1. Luke Dempsey was the manager last season assisted by David Tully.
Eleven games since they tasted defeat & hopes are high that another successful run will start in Newtown. A number of players lined out in both winning finals – Andy Reilly who is the current holder of the Barry Cup for Reserve Team Player of the Year, Danny Quinn, Mark Scanlon who is team Captain again this season, Paul Munnelly, Alan McCormack, Strevie Ennis & Noel Payne.
Picture shows last year’s captain Mark Scanlon speaking after presentation of the trophy in Dundalk where the final was played.