In a dramatic conclusion to the KCLR Carlow Shield, New Oak Boys, reigning champions with back-to-back quadruples, saw their remarkable era come to an end in a penalty shootout against Parkville United.
The captivating final unfolded with a 2-2 draw, leading to extra time and ultimately a nail-biting penalty shootout, where Parkville emerged victorious with a 4-3 scoreline.
Parkville United took the lead on the 54th minute with Mike Dobosz hitting the back of the net, putting the pressure on the defending champions. However, New Oak Boys’ Owen McCormack displayed resilience with a 94th-minute equalizer with the last strike of the game, forcing the game into extra time. Alan Maher’s outstanding saves for Parkville had kept his team ahead, but McCormack’s late heroics extended the battle.
In extra time, Parkville once again seized the lead, with Willie Doran finding the net within minutes. Dean Kelly, however, kept New Oak Boys’ hopes alive by converting a penalty, adding another layer of intensity to the final. Despite both teams giving their all, the scores remained level after 120 minutes, prompting the need for a penalty shootout to determine the new champion.
In the penalty shootout, Parkville United held their nerve, securing a 4-3 victory and dethroning the formidable New Oak Boys. The result marks the end of an era for New Oak, who had enjoyed a dominant run with consecutive quadruples.
Parkville’s journey to the final showcased their strength and determination, having triumphed over both New Oak Boys and last year’s finalists Crettyard in the group stages. The team continued their impressive form with a convincing victory against Killeshin, securing a spot in the final with a resounding display of skill and goal-scoring prowess.
The KCLR Carlow Shield final proved to be a fitting climax to the competition, featuring high-stakes moments, late-game heroics, and a tense penalty shootout. As Parkville United basks in the glory of their hard-fought victory, New Oak Boys graciously bows out, leaving a legacy of remarkable achievements in Carlow football history.