Bohemians/St Kevin’s Boys lifted the EA SPORTS U-15s National League of Ireland title following their narrow 1-0 win over their Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers. There was much anticipation ahead of the u15 underage final with the Dublin derby taking c
Bohemians/St Kevin’s Boys lifted the EA SPORTS U-15s National League of Ireland title following their narrow 1-0 win over their Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers.
There was much anticipation ahead of the u15 underage final with the Dublin derby taking centre stage.
It didn’t take long for the first goal to come, Josh Lyons headed in from the corner to fire his Bohemians side into the lead just past the 1-minute mark. The North Dublin club couldn’t have asked for a much better start.
Shamrock Rovers fought hard after going behind and nearly found an equaliser minutes after the goal. It took a superb Jamie Gamble save to deny Rovers their opening goal.
Bohemians were living dangerously at this stage and very nearly went behind close to the 20-minute mark, Tristan Donnelly was very unlucky as his effort hit the underside of the bar and not the net.
Cian Dillon was then presented with a brilliant opportunity to equalise just moments later. He did well to make some space for himself in the box with a great run but his effort didn’t match the quality of what went beforehand.
The half-time whistle sounded and it was Bohemians who took the lead into the break. Shamrock Rovers perhaps the better opportunities following the opening goal but were unable to make them count.
The second half started slowly, with neither side really able to gain any momentum.
Mark Esong went down injured around the 60th minute and received lengthy treatment. The worst was feared based on the amount of time the player spent down injured, but he was capable of getting up and walking off the pitch after treatment which was a good sign. Jack Allen came on to replace him.
Shamrock Rovers had their chance just moments later, but Freddie Turley’s header went over the bar following a corner kick.
Entering the final ten minutes, Shamrock Rovers had another chance to equalise. Naj Razi produced a fantastic header to test the Bohs’ ‘keeper, but Jamie Gamble showed good hands again.
Shamrock Rovers were really going for it now and had another chance towards the very end of the match, but again, Jamie Gamble managed to produce a save.
There was nine minutes extra time added and Shamrock had gave it all but were unable to find an equaliser to that point. They were awarded a corner kick in the final minute of the game and up came every player on the pitch, including the ‘keeper. It wasn’t to be though, as it came to nothing and Bohemians eventually cleared their lines.
The Gypsies held out and were rewarded with the EA SPORTS U-15 National League of Ireland title for their performance.
Shamrock Rovers: Edvinas Jakas, Tristan Donnelly, Cory O’Sullivan, Jonathan Kehir, Orlandas Jakas, Freddie Turley, Odhran McLaughlin, Naj Razi, Cian Dillon, John O’Sullivan ©, Tofu Afolabi.
Substitutes: Jake Whelan (GK), Darragh Harrison, Abdul Bouderbala, Ryan Ritchie, Roland Ngozi.
Bohemians: Jamie Gamble, Fintan McNamara, Sean McCarthy, Josh Lyons, Luca Cailloce, Nathan Harford, Mark Esong, Danny McGrath ©, Ryan Market Colgan, Ben Sullivan, Scott Lynch.
Substitutes: Ryan Maher (GK), Scott Brady, Matthew Harris, Leon Keogh, Aaron Coyle, Sean Moore, Fiachra Coffey, Jack Allen, Sean Doherty.