Gowdy seals it for Silverwood

Silverwood retained the Gerald Kennedy Cup with a composed 3-0 victory over rivals Lurgan Institute at Mourneview Park on Friday night.

Silverwood celebrate after winning the Gerald Kennedy Cup. INLM43-1223

Both teams took a while to get to grips with the big pitch and the first 15 minutes proved tight.

Ciaran McKerr in the Silverwood goal had to be on hand to keep out a shot from Institute forward.

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Silverwood started to turn the screw and forced the keeper into making a few important stops. John Paul O’Hagan and Ciaran McEvoy were excellent in the centre of the defence, Danny McNally and Danny Magill were getting forward and finding the midfield men Gavin Gowdy and Matty Lowe in control,with Pol Smyth and Kenny Deaverux working hard on the flanks.

Micheal Haughian and Shane Doran were causing all sorts of problems for the Institute defence.

After a long spell of pressure Micheal Haughian was upended just outside the box, the same player produced a sublime free kick to open the scoring much to the joy of the big Silverwood support.

Silverwood were now in control and from another set- piece Kenny Devreaux fired home from close range to make it 2-0.

The second half started at a quick pace and Institute were going for it with Ciaran McKerr forced to pulled off two excellent saves.

However, it was all over when a long ball found Gavin Gowdy, he looked up and spotted the keeper off his line and duly lobbed him from all of 30 yards to make it 3-0.

Stephen Toman, the Silverwood boss, brought on Johnny McAlinden, Dwyer Lavery and John Campbell to see out the game and lift the trophy.

This was a great all round performance from all the players.

Next up for Silverwood is Moira Albion in the Mid Ulster Shield .

Institute manager Grieg Savage said, “They fought their hearts out and worked so hard to deliver the gameplan we had set out.

“On another day we may have got something from this game. I congratulate Silverwood on their performance but I know this is only the start of our journey and the experience will put us in good stead for future finals.”