Carrigaline United Win Ted Healy U17 Cup
Carrigaline United 3 Douglas Hall 0
Writes John Cotter
Carrigaline United continued their run of being a cup team this season, by defeating Douglas Hall in the Cork Youth League Ted Healy U17 Cup final played in Turners Cross last Friday, April 21st.
Victory was all but guaranteed in the opening 11 minutes as Carrigaline found the net twice, leaving Douglas with a mountain to climb. On five minutes Glen Sexton rose highest to head past Matthew Dawson in the Hall goal. Five minutes later a long looping shot from 40 yards from Jack O’Mahony beat Dawson to double the lead.
Douglas Hall, currently on course to win the Daly Industrial Supplies U17 Premier League, battled back bravely and they had a few half chances but nothing to really trouble the Carrigaline defence. However, they were dealt a blow on the stroke of half time when Killian Hayes linked up with David Sexton to play a one two that allowed Hayes to finish from close range.
The second half saw Hall reduced to ten men, following the dismissal of Aaron Twohig, but that wasn’t to have much of a bearing on the result as Carrigaline ran out convincing winners.
Carrigaline had qualified for this stage of the competition by beating Lakewood Athletic in the semi-final, while Hall qualified for this round by defeating Leeside.
The opening five minutes of the game were played at a breakneck speed, as both sides set to impose themselves on the game. Yet Carrigaline, in their home strip of yellow, took the lead through Sexton, who would end up winning the Gary McCarthy Trophies man of the match for a superb performance at centre half. A free kick from out near the half way line was hit in by David Crotty to Sexton, who headed past Dawson from 10 yards.
Douglas went close to pulling back a goal 50 seconds later when a long ball up front found Robert O’Mahony, who saw his shot saved by Niall O’Leary with the aid of the post for a corner.
But Carrigaline bounced back from nearly conceding a goal to score a second. A ball was played back to O’Mahony who saw his looping shot deceive Dawson in the Hall goal and fall into the net to loud cheers from the large Carrigaline support.
Yet the Carrigaline defence was standing firm, with Sexton and Crotty in particular impressing while the midfield of Hayes and Dylan O’Flaherty were doing very well in stopping the Hall midfield. Brian Holland and Ben Healy impressed for Hall in the centre of the pitch.
Hall impressed with their attacking plays as the half wore on, but they were to fall further behind on 47 minutes when Hayes and David Sexton linked up, allowing Hayes tap home into the Shed end, to make it 3-0 at the break.
Hall knew they were going to have to get something early in the half to claw something back but they were dealt a setback on 63 minutes when Aaron Twohig was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Liam Ross had probably the best of the chances for Douglas Hall in the second half but it was at the other that it was more likely for a goal to be scored. Hall kept on pressing forward but they struggled to get past the defence and a comeback never looked like happening, with Carrigaline captain Glen Sexton lifting the trophy.
Carrigaline United: Niall O’Leary, David Crotty, Josh Manning, Glen Sexton, Christian Buttimer, David Sexton (Tim Cronin 85), Dylan O’Flaherty, Killian Hayes (Dean Farrissey 78), Dylan O’Flaherty (Nikita Zigonov 74), Jack O’Mahoney, Shane Lowney (Adam O’Driscoll 60); Stephen Darcy (Nills Tab 85).
Subs: Calum Finnegan, Valdo Lawson.
Douglas Hall: Matthew Dawson; Sam Gallagher, Brian Murphy, Aaron Twohig, David Sahm (Evan Donlon 24); Ben Healy, Liam Ross, David Malone (Shane Downey 53), Brian Holland (David Hanley 74), Robert Cregan (Evan O’Sullivan 80); Robert O’Mahony.
Subs: Andrew Cotter, Luke Horgan, Ben Lucey
Referee: Nicholas Cunneen