Under 19s win Enda McGuill Cup

Sunday afternoon saw Stephen Bermingham’s Under 19 side claim the Enda McGuill Cup for the third time since the Under 19 grade was founded in 2011.

This game pitted the country’s top two sides against each other. The home side had claimed the Southern Section title some weeks ago while the visitors, top of their Northern Section, and having put six past UCD in their semi final looked like dangerous opponents for City.

Despite this chances were few and far between for both sides in the opening period, the first one coming in the 12th minute when a Kevin Taylor effort was saved by St Pat’s goalkeeper Eric Donnelly while Chiedozie Ogbene also had to be denied from close range.

As conditions deteriorated in the second half, the City pressure eventually told and they found the net in the 66th minute when man-of-the-match Garan Manley’s corner was headed home by Conor McCarthy.

As St. Pat’s chased the equaliser, Chiedozie Ogbene intercepted a wayward pass deep in his own half before sprinting to the visitors penalty area where he was brought down by Ciaran Kelly in the 85th minute. Referee Andrew Mullally had no hesitation in awarding the penalty and Aaron Drinan made no mistake with a powerful drive into the bottom corner for his sixth goal of the cup campaign to settle the contest.

Captain Cian Coleman accepted the cup from FAI President Tony Fitzgerald to start an exciting period for the side as they are soon to embark on their UEFA Youth League action with a trip to face HJK Helsinki while the U19 league title race enters its knockout phase also.

City: D Coffey; K Taylor, C McCarthy, G Manley, P Phillips; C Coleman (c), A Byrne, D Fernandes, C Ogbene; A Drinan, R Welch.
Subs: D O’Riordan for Welch (52).

St. Patrick’s Athletic: E Donnelly; N Benson, R Feely, C Kelly, C Kane; F Sule; S Elworthy, S Kinsella, D Markey, J Lunney; A Keena.
Subs: T Carey for Benson (55) J Lennon for Markey, W McAdams for Lunney (80).

Referee: Andrew Mullally

Pic: Doug Minihane

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