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Immaculata make it Clarence Cup final hat-trick

Immaculata 2-1 Shankill Utd

By Martin Mawhinney

Immaculata ended their season with a dream finish, clinching the Clarence Cup for a third time with a 2-1 victory over Shankill United at Seaview.

The triumph - their first in the competition since 2011 - draws a successful conclusion to the Grosvenor Road side's debut campaign in the Amateur League's Premier Division, in which they finished fourth.

Chances were few and far between in a turgid first half, though Shankill seemed to shade what little there was. Mark Marshall had a 12th minute free kick saved, while a volley from Dramane Sangare wasn't struck cleanly enough to test Mark Winstone.

Midway through the half, Immaculata's Padraig Adams gave his marker the slip, but rushed his shot, which travelled well wide.

Shankill's Gary Young then showed great pace to break through between two defenders before shooting low, but Winstone got down well to claim the ball.

Immaculata threatened on the half hour mark, as Colm O'Riordan looked to have played Kevin McGovern through for a clear shot at goal, but a timely sliding challenge from Aaron Robinson put paid to that.

The Mac did break the deadlock six minutes into the second half, however. A fantastic Gary Dorrian free kick picked out O'Riordan at the back post to head his side in front.

Shankill weren't long in finding a reply, as Robinson volleyed home from a Marshall corner, but they only had 30 seconds to enjoy the scoreline as John Boyce showed real composure to slot the ball in from an incisive James Haughey through-ball.

That was that, as far as the goals were concerned, but Curtis Black will have felt unfortunate not to have claimed one of his own, striking the post twice in the last 15 minutes.

Immaculata: B McGovern, Haughey, Fisher, Largey, McGovern, O'Riordan, Heagney (McAllister, 70), Dorrian, Adams (Carson, 84), K McGovern (Baggley, 70)

Shankill Utd: Winstone, Rossborough, Moore, Robinson, Spence, Cooper (Watters, 70), Marshall, Sangare, G Young, Black, Conlin (Briers, 55). Sub not used: M Young

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