Youth Cup heads South thanks to hero Kennedy
SOUTHEND UNITED.....................1 BOHEMIANS.............................0
DEAN KENNEDY was the goal hero as he snatched a last-minute winner to seal the Youth Cup for Southend. The opening salvo was laid down by Michael Orpen of Bohs who tried his luck from 20 yards but the Southend goalkeeper Dale Sheridan held the ball firmly to his chest.
Sean O’Loughlin went close for Southend with a snapshot from just outside the penalty area following a good three-player move. The pace of the game dropped off completely after that effort until Craig Keane of Southend fired in a snapshot on 36 minutes and the Bohs’ goalkeeper Dylan Power had to display his class.
On the hour mark, Bohemians should have taken the lead when Jason Keane played in Eoin Walsh, but the Bohs’ player shot too early. It was odds on that the contest would go into extra-time with only three minutes left on the referee’s watch.
Paddy Carey, Southend manager, replaced Stuart Mitchell with Dean Kennedy, an under-16 player who had scored at that grade the previous evening. Aaron Gailbert, the United right-winger got past the Bohs’ full-back Luke Brown and sent the ball over to the back post and Dean Kennedy was in the right place to knock the ball into the Bohs’ net from four yards.
SOUTHEN UNITED: Dale Sheridan, Chris Dempsey, Eamon Power, Anthony Fitzpatrick, Mark Phelan, Paddy McGrath, Craig Keane, Arminas Balevicius, Stuart Mitchell, Sean O’Loughlin, Aaron Gailbert. Sub: Dean Kennedy.
BOHEMIANS: Dylan Power, Dean Hayes, Luke Brown, Adam Hyslop, Kevin Barry, Michael Orpen, Jason Keane, Eoin Walsh, Thomas Whitty, Johnny Walsh, Colm Morris. Subs: Chris Kervick, Reece Rooney, Pat Fitzgerald.
Referee: Paul Butler.