ST KEVIN'S SHOW RESOLVE TO hit back AND claim U-12 Norton Cup success
St Kevin's Boys ... ............. ... ... .3;
St Joseph's Boys ... ... ...............1
WAYSIDE CELTIC is a palace. A scenic wonderland. The U-12 Norton Cup decorated the front lawn last Saturday.
Kevin's deserved to win it. They had the more possession and that little bit more bite and invention in attack.
They had to come from behind to take the prize. Joseph's were ahead after just three minutes. It needed character as they looked into the abyss having lost the previous week to Home Farm in the Tony Ryan DDSL Cup final.
Darragh McConville is a delightful player on the ball. He sent over a majestic left-footed cross from the left at the clubhouse end. It led to a fine goal from Eoin Spencer.
Dylan Watts was buzzing in the middle for Joey's. Kevin's launched many a high delivery. Dan Casey and co were more than capable in the Air Traffic Control department.
Kevin's equalised in the 22nd minute. Philip Ward nipped in behind the cover and clipped in a finish that Torres would have been proud of.
Ward's second, five minutes into the second half, was a collector's item. Two touches was all it took.
His first one cushioned the ball on the edge of the box, and with his second, he found the pigeon loft.
Kevin's were on the up now. Joey's goalie, Dean Mahon, had to make three first-class saves to deny Richie Purdy, Shane Elworthy and Purdy again. That last stop from Purdy's close-in volley was absolutely sensational.
So was the run that led to the third goal two minutes from the end. Donal Timoney, out wide on the left, took possession from a throw-out from 'keeper, Evan Gaffney.
Timoney skipped over three tackles before opening the door for Sean Goulding. Gaffney had earlier saved well from Ian Coone's well struck curling free.
It was the closest Joey's had come to an equaliser. Kevin's polished full-backs, Sean Stowe and Evan Osam, ensured there was little loose change to be found.
St Kevin's Boys: Evan Gaffney; Sean Stowe, Evan Osam, Alan McQuillan, Kevin McGrane, Josh Clifford, James Dunne, Philip Ward, Sean Goulding, Richie Purdy, Shane Elworthy. Donal Timoney, Andrew Gorman, Robbie McCourt, Tunde Shittebye, Daniel Mandriou, Tom Tiernan.
St Joseph's Boys: Dean Mahon; Michael Doyle, Ian Coone, Lee Mitchell, Dan Casey, Darragh Noone, Darragh McConville, Dylan Watts, Eoin Spencer, Sean Byrne, Matthew Dalton. Jack Reynolds, Shane Barnes, Gavin Howard, Dan O'Brien, Eric Donnelly.
Officials: D Keegan, C Heavey, K Clarges.