WILL IT be a Freebooters hat-trick or can an outside team win the silverware for the first time?
That question will be answered this evening (Wednesday) when Freebooters take on Wexford’s North End United in the final of the Mock Lawlor Cup competition.
The Wexford side booked their place in the decider when they beat Evergreen A 2-1 in the weather-delayed semi-final in Derdimus on Monday night. United have several members of the Wexford Oscar Traynor team in their ranks, as well as some former Airtricity League players, two factors which helped them give a strong performance in a game which was postponed twice last week due to torrential rain.
Freebooters booked their place in the final last week, beating Newpark United 6-0 in their semi-final. Damien Raggett, Morton, Eoin Kavanagh, Ger Hayes, Dessie Hayes and Paul O’Brien got the goals to ensure they continued a high-scoring route to the final - they beat Waterford Crystal 5-0 in their opening game.
The final will be held at the Fair Green with a 7pm kick-off. Freebooters will be hoping to keep their hands on the trophy for the third year in succession, having beaten Freebooters B and Evergreen in previous finals.
The competition is a joint venture between the Kilkenny & District League and Freebooters. The trophy is named after Michael Lawlor, a loyal Freebooters man who was president of the Fair Green outfit, with charity the real goal. All funds raised from the competition go to local causes.
With the Carlow-Kilkenny HomeCare team as this year’s beneficiary, a bucket collection will be held at the final. Competition sponsors Diageo have also agreed to match the total figure raised by players and supporters, which will provide a good boost to the charity.