*Sean O’Callaghan with his proud parents, John and Geraldine. 

ENNIS’ Sean O’Callaghan gave a man of the match display while collecting his first Connacht Junior Cup medal over the weekend.

Centre-half Sean was part of the Athenry Utd side to win the Connacht Junior Cup for the first time since 2016.

It took penalties for the Galway outfit to defeat the roll of honour leaders Castlebar Celtic, the tie finished 0-0 after normal and extra time but Athenry prevailed 5-4 when it came to the shootout.

Penalties were dispatched by Shane Keogh, Cole Connolly, Dan Cunningham, Simon Dziedzina and Colm O’Donovan while goalkeeper, TJ Forde made a crucial save from Castlebar’s third spot kick.

While it is the sixth time Athenry have won the provincial title, it is the first time twenty nine year old Sean has got his hands on a Connacht medal. He has formerly lined out for Pike Rovers, Ennis Town FC and Avenue Utd before making the move to Athenry.

Within the Galway Premier Division, Athenry have finished runners up to Salthill Devon over the past two seasons, they last won the league title in 2021.

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