Cathal Horan is the toast of Ballaghaderreen once again as his second hat-trick in the space of six days garnered more silverware for the Roscommon and District League Club on Friday evening.
Ballaghaderreen FC completed a historic treble by beating Roscommon United 3-2 in Lecarrow, after extra time, to retain the Division One Cup, and the club’s first treble in its history.
In a game laden with drama, including a delay because of floodlight failure, Horan’s decisive goal came in the 95th minute after a brave Roscommon United side had equalised twice in normal time.
Ballaghaderreen have now added the Division One Cup to the Connacht Shield and Division One League already won this season.
The squad, managed by James Holton and Brendan McGreal, won the Connacht Shield on Saturday evening last when Horan’s hat-trick, alongside a double from Danny Browne, confirmed a historic 5-2 victory against Colemanstown United.
Ironically, Ballaghaderreen also won the Division One Cup last season against St. John’s Athletic, with — you guessed it — a hat-trick from Cathal Horan.
On the big stage, Horan and Ballaghaderreen FC, it seems, can do no wrong at the moment.
The Roscommon and District League season concludes on Sunday when St. Peter’s and Castlerea Celtic meet in the Challenge Cup final in Lecarrow at 2 p.m..
St. Peter’s defeated Moylough ’79, 3-2, after extra time, while Castlerea Celtic received a walkover from Shiven Rovers in the semi-finals earlier this week.
It is the third huge game between the sides since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. St. Peter’s won the Premier Division shootout 3-2 in Athlone in July, before Mark Sherlock’s late goal secured a 2-1 victory in the Premier Division Cup final a week ago.