Ballinasloe Town 2 Westport United 1 ... IT WAS not to be for Westport United.
Despite a heroic attempt to capture back-to-back Connaught Cup titles for the first time in the club’s history, disaster struck at the worst possible time.
A goal six minutes into injury time ensured Ballinasloe Town of a theatrical victory at sun-blessed Lecarrow on Sunday and denied United of their dream.
Former League of Ireland target man Liam Lynch struck the winner as the west Mayo side were left to bemoan their second half failure to exploit their territorial advantage.
Lynch underlined his experience and poaching skills by pouncing on a brilliant delivery from the left by the elusive Alan Duffy.
The decider, staged impeccably for the first time on the splendidly appointed new grounds of the Roscommon & District League, was brought to a standstill in the closing moments of normal time due to injuries incurred by United goalkeeper Gary Cunningham and Town substitute Shane Duffy in a clash inside the Westport penalty area The action was held up for eight minutes as both players received treatment. Cunningham had a suspected broken arm and was removed tohospital by ambulance while Duffy was helped to the dugout with a painful leg.