Famous first for Ross Town
Jack's Cup Barrowside bound after defeat for Forth
Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00
New Ross Town, led by People Newspapers 'player of the match' Niall Mooney, put in a stunning display of football to take Jack's Mini World Cup title to the club for the first time in the tournament's 45-year history.
Wexford Albion Mini World Cup sponsored by Roche Logistics Group New Ross Town 4 Forth Celtic 2
The warm Sunday afternoon in Kennedy Park looked to take its toll on Forth Celtic who, owing to holidays, only had seven of the squad available that took them all the way to this position. The Murrintown boys had strolled through the early rounds before coming past Wexford Albion in a battling semi-final.
However, this was a superb New Ross Town team which they met in the final. Indeed, with two minutes left the victors were just moments away from winning the tournament without conceding a goal in any of their games, having scored 22 in the process.
While Mooney was the star, he was backed up by a team full of quality. Forth Celtic had plenty of class too with Lee Kennedy exceptional. Around him Ben Larkin was a real battler and in Adam Newport, Aaron O'Brien and Alex Lafferty there was plenty of energy in midfield.
Up front Leo Barry has a real eye for goal and more possession early on might have allowed Celtic to get ahead and make it difficult for the opponents.
As it was, New Ross Town bossed the early stages. Mooney had already trickled a shot off the post when they took the lead in the seventh minute. Again Mooney was instigator, finding Tom O'Callaghan after a good run, and the winger shot across goal to the net.
Mooney hit the woodwork with a header as his side continued to press but they did add a second after a stunning reverse pass by Oisín Heaphy was dispatched to the net by Ben Long.
On came the Ross replacements and such is their quality that things continued in the same vein. A slalom run down the right wing ended with Mooney squaring across the face of the goal where an alert Emma Rossiter coolly slotted to the net for 3-0.
Celtic's best move of the half came just before the break. Alex Lafferty started it on the left, and he swung a crossfield ball to Barry who in turn found Adam Newport. However, his shot slid just wide of the post to deny his team a foothold in the game.
With Forth Celtic struggling to keep seven on the field during the second-half, owing to a series of injuries, things didn't look good. However, they went close when Jamie Sinnott saved well from Leo Barry.
Slowly New Ross Town got on top and, after Jack Berry produced several fine saves, Mooney made it 4-0 with a deft header from Ben Long's corner. To their credit, Celtic battled on down the hill and finally got their rewards.
Barry nabbed the first with a low strike from the edge of the area and just a minute later scored again with a rasping drive to the roof of the net from Lee Kennedy's feed. Despite laying siege to the Town goal, Celtic couldn't score again and New Ross held on.
New Ross Town (Netherlands): Jamie Sinnott; Peter Mackey, Eoghan Lyng; Tom Callaghan, Niall Mooney (capt.), Oisín Heaphy; Ben Long. Subs. (rolling) - Emma Rossiter, Jack Walsh.
Forth Celtic (Norway): Jack Berry; Ben Larkin, Lee Kennedy; Adam Newport, Aaron O'Brien, Alex Lafferty; Leo Barry. Subs. (absent) - James Hegarty, Conor Maher, Conor Mullen.
Referee: Ger Morris.