KEADUE ROVERS CONTINUED their domination of the Under-16 ranks with victory over Kilmacrennan Celtic this evening in the Tadhg Culbert Memorial Cup final at Leckview Park.
Keadue Rovers 2-0 Kilmacrennan Celtic
Two second goals were enough to add the cup to the Champions’ League and league successes already obtained by the team managed by Pat Ward and Conal Boyle.
This evening in murky conditions, the goals came from Callum Boyle and Brian Proctor in a second half that was much more open than the first.
Keadue have proved a tough nut to crack all season but Kilmacrennan gave as good as they got in the first 40 minutes.
A cross from Pádraig McGinty for Kilmacrennan was almost met by Ruairí Dennehy at the back post. then, on 28 minutes McGinty show just over having engineered space for the shot.[adrotate group=”68″]
At the other end, Aidan McHugh drew a couple of saves from Darragh Doherty.
In the second half, the chances became more frequent. Conor McFadden saw his free-kick saved by Keadue goalkeeper Conor O’Donnell and moments later Dennehy almost got in.
Keadue replied with a threat of their own as Proctor’s deep cross struck the Kilmacrennan crossbar on 46 minutes.[adrotate group=”70″]
A fine saving clearance from Kieran Black kept the score at 0-0 when the Kilmacrennan central defender stopped Michael McFadden from opening the scoring for Keadue. The pressure continued when Aaron McCafferty’s shot deflected off Caolan Gallagher and into the Kilmacrennan side-netting.
It was coming to the boil.
Then came the breakthrough. McHugh whipped a devilish free-kick right-footed from the left flank and any sort of touch was going to cause bother. Callum Boyle got that touch and with 52 minutes on the clock, Keadue led.
Eight minutes later came the second and this time Boyle was the provider and the ball broke to Proctor and he kept his composure to make it 2-0.[adrotate group=”62″]
Marty McGarrigle, the match referee, then sent off Anthony Grant for a second yellow card on 59 minutes and Keadue hold on for another victory in a season to remember.
Keadue Rovers: Conor O’Donnell; Jack Doherty, Ethan Harkin, Calum Boyle; Brian Proctor, Aidan McHugh, Daniel Ward, Michael McFadden; Aaron McCafferty, Daniel Ward. Subs: Jack Doherty, Ciaran Gillespie, Dylan McCready.
Kilmacrennan: Darragh Doherty; Patrick Tobin, Caolan Gallagher, Kieran Black, Oisin Cassidy; Anthony Grant, Rory O’Donnell, Niall Sheridan, Conor McFadden; Ruairí Dennehy, Pádraig McGinty, Subs: Steve McDaid, Stephen McLaughlin.
Referee: Marty McGarrigle.[adrotate group=”46″] Tags: