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Kinlough leads the scoring stakes
North End United were in irresistible form in the Wexford and District Schoolboys Under-14 Cup as they blew away Wexford Albion 'B' under a flurry of goals in Coolcotts Lane on Saturday.
North End United 14 - Wexford Albion B 0
Cian Kinlough was the big winner, bagging four goals for himself, with braces for Kyle Scallan, Leon Sinnott, Darragh Howell and substitute Claude Flynn while Seán Stafford and Darragh Connell grabbed a goal each.
United were simply unstoppable. Their attractive brand of passing football would have simply been too much for most of the teams in this competition, and they will be one of the favourites to go on and add to the cup they won at Under-13 level last season.
Intentions were made known inside two minutes as Kyle Scallan drilled a low shot to the Albion net from just outside the area. It was déja vu moments later when Scallan produced an almost identical finish to make it two, and only the foot of the post prevented the midfielder getting a third later in the half.
A stunning finish to the top left corner from Darragh Connell made it 3-0 before Kinlough notched the first two of his four in a two-minute spell. The first was assisted by Connell, and the second was the product of a superb Seán Murphy pass.
Leon Sinnott was the next to add a quick-fire double. Both goals came at the back post with Liam Godkin and Scallan the providers to make it 7-0 in the 29th minute. The visitors added one more before the change-around courtesy of Kinlough.
The attacker's fourth arrived five minutes into the second-half from an acute angle on the right before substitute Seán Stafford turned in Josh Murphy's cross to bring up double digits two minutes later.
The big moment for the home side came soon after Stafford's goal.
Their best and only real chance arrived when Sam McQuaid latched onto a loose ball in the North End defence, drove in on goal and flashed in a shot that Byron Sweeney brilliantly saved.
After Claude Flynn was twice denied by last-gasp saves, Darragh Howell pounced to fire home number eleven, a goal that was soon followed by Flynn's first after an exquisite Shane Pettit pass.
Howell hared away half the length of the field and coolly sidefooted to the net to defy the lung-burning that he must have been feeling after the burst. He then turned provider for Flynn to nail his second, and his side will now face Gorey Celtic.
North End United: Noel Heffernan; Adam Mullins, Shane Pettit, Darragh Howell (capt.), Josh Murphy; Seán Murphy, Kyle Scallan, Liam Godkin, Leon Sinnott; Cian Kinlough, Darragh Connell. Subs. - Seán Stafford for S. Murphy (25), Byron Sweeney for Heffernan (36), Marcus McCarthy for Scallan (36), Claude Flynn for Mullins (36), also Davey Harte.
Wexford Albion: Charlie Carty; Dylan Fowler, Craig Kehoe, Ryan Warren, Cian Lynch; Geoff Maher (capt.), Sam McQuaid, Matthew Rossiter, Stephen Goodison; Luke Crosbie, Jordan Farrell. Sub. - Keith Hall for Warren (36).
Referee: Jimmy Kelly.