Glory for Glynn
Barntown boys come back to win
Glynn Barntown came back from a goal down to claim a stunning victory over Shamrock Rovers in the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer Under-11 Cup final in Curracloe on Saturday.
Glynn Barntown 3 Shamrock Rovers 1
The game was a superb advertisement for the youngest competitive age group in under-age soccer, with the two sides going at it from the first whistle in a rip-roaring encounter.
The fact that both made it all the way to the final from the third tier of the grade is a testament to how well these sides are managed and prepared, but on the day it was Division 2 champions Glynn Barntown that added to their trophy haul.
While Ferdia Reynolds had an early sighter that Ricky Morrissey dealt well with in the Shamrock Rovers goal, his defence, comprised of the talented trio of Shadrack Onwubiko, Jordan Murphy and David Doyle, started the game really well as a unit.
At the other end Paudie O'Brien released Dapo Abidoye but his lob drifted narrowly wide.
However, just two minutes later a tantalising ball in by Mylie Fortune eventually fell for Matthew Moorehouse and the attacker fired past Will Hayes for the opening goal.
Cian O'Connor and O'Brien were involved in midfield to release Abidoya soon after but his effort, from a tight angle on the right of goal, was saved on to the post by Hayes.
Glynn Barntown soon made the most of that piece of great 'keeping.
The position of the free-kick that produced the equaliser was nothing remarkable, about a yard over half way. The shot that followed from the placed ball by James Doyle was something special though as it flew over a crowded goalmouth and into the top left corner of Morrissey's net.
By half-time Glynn Barntown were ahead. Reynolds' corner from the left went all the way to the back post to Aaron Nolan; he fed the ball to Seán Cooney on the edge of the box and the young midfielder unleashed an unstoppable shot to put his side 2-1 up at half-time.
With the defence of Daniel Brazzill, Cian White and Doyle being well protected by Conor Mackey, Rovers found it difficult to get in behind in the second-half.
The Jack Carthy Memorial Cup winners made the game safe when Darragh Murphy fed Reynolds and he calmly side-footed to the bottom right corner of Morrissey's goal ten minutes after the break. Shamrock Rovers continued to fight but it proved to be Glynn Barntown's day in the sun.
Star man - Ferdia Reynolds (Glynn Barntown): Classy performance from the right side of midfield by the Glynn Barntown starlet and capped it with a clinically-taken clinching goal.
Glynn Barntown: Will Hayes; Daniel Brazzill (capt.), James Doyle, Cian White; Ferdia Reynolds, Conor Mackey, Seán Cooney, Aaron Nolan; Callum McDonald. Subs. (rolling) - Josh Murphy, Darragh Murphy, Aaron McDonagh, Kevin Rowe.
Shamrock Rovers: Ricky Morrissey; Shadrack Onwubiko, Jordan Murphy, David Doyle; Matthew Moorehouse, Paudie O'Brien (capt.), Cian O'Connor; Mylie Fortune, Dapo Abidoye. Subs. (rolling) - Adam Redmond, Taylor Cowman, Robert Cahill, Evan Corrigan, Toby Odunhami, Evan Somers, Ethan White.
Referee: Marc Kelly.