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Judge admits it was too close for comfort

Enniskillen Town v Beragh in Mulherne cup at Lisbellaw

Paul Crane is relieved at their win in the dying light at Lisbellaw

Enniskillen Town manager Rory Judge admitted it had been way too close for comfort and said it was Town’s toughest final of recent times.

“We definitely pulled that one out of the fire. Beragh played very well and I can’t take anything away from them,” he said.

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“At the same time I think we deserved to win it, we had a lot of pressure in the second half. Alright there wasn’t too many clear-cut chances but the pressure was building and building.

“Certainly the equaliser came very late in the day but not being too critical of them (Beragh) the delaying tactics and time wasting backfired on them in the end because it gave us that last couple of minutes to get it done.

“It’s nice for us and vindication for us because there’s been a lot of nonsense spoke in the paper about the venue and the referee. That’s pure nonsense. Dessie Kerr did a great job tonight, there was nothing wrong with the pitch, to be honest we would have played it in Beragh!

“That was without doubt the hardest final we have had, no disrespect to Tummery last year. We had to be on our toes the whole game and we are just glad to get across the line.

“It’s a nice way to finish the season, we weren’t great but we got there.

“As for Ryan Hanna he again proved he was the man for the big occasion. He’s now scored in the last three finals.”
Beragh Swifts manager Keith Hamilton insisted the season just past was the club’s best ever despite the bitter disappointment of losing Friday evening’s Mulhern Cup Final in such dramatic fashion at Lisbellaw.

Swifts, appearing in their first ever showpiece decider, had one hand firmly on the prized silverware following a spectacular first half volley by striker Michael Brown when Town midfielder Ryan Hanna popped up with a dramatic equaliser four minutes into stoppage-time.

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Hanna’s late intervention turned the tide and Town ultimately snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when the same player headed home a winner in the dying embers of the first period of extra-time.

It was a gut-wrenching defeat for Swifts who were a little over a minute away from creating history when Hanna swooped to dramatically change the course of events. Understandably the Beragh players and supporters were totally dejected following the final whistle however Hamilton insisted when the pain of defeat subsides all involved can look back on a season to remember.

More importantly, perhaps, the former player said it was one the club can build on.

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