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Ardmore tops in nine-goal thriller

UNDER-14 PAISLEY DEERING CUP

PALMERSTOWN FC………4 ARDMORE ROVERS………5

MILL Lane – the picturesque home of Palmerstown FC. The old mill still standing tall. All quiet and closed up now.

The narrow, winding path down to the ground. The river flowing by. The hospital overlooking the pitch.

A cluster of bikes piled up near the home sideline. Auntie Hannah making a short visit for tea. Testing the quality of the umbrellas. But there was Saturday sunshine for most of the 70 minutes. And a couple of showers.

The home club have a patch on the back of their black and white jerseys. Making the numbers clear.

Ardmore arrived from Bray. They play in 14A1 of the DDSL. Palmerstown reside in 14A.

And what a party the two produced. In the prestigious Paisley Deering Cup. “I really enjoyed that game,” remarked referee, Liam Wells. The highly respected Liam has seen more good ones than most.   

“It was a typical Cup tie. Great excitement. And it’s goals that make games,” summed up Palmerstown’s Fran Coakley.

Ardmore’s Chris Gallagher agreed: “It was marvellous entertainment. It was a match that had everything in it.”

Twice, Ardmore had to pull themselves up by the boot-straps after going behind 2-0 and 3-1. It was non-stop. The ball just didn’t want to go home.

Palmerstown v Ardmore Rovers Luke McGovern turns to celebrate after opening the scoring for Palmerstown on Saturday. Photos by Ed Scannell 27/04/19

And it came within inches of extending to extra-time. The tussle was level at 4-4 in injury-time when Cian Byrne struck the winner. It was his hat-trick. He has a delicious left peg.

Palmerstown led 2-1 at the break. Luke McGovern’s 25 yarder went in off the underside of the bar at the hospital end for the opening goal on eight minutes. Adam Roche the chief architect.

Palmerstown’s hard working centre-forward, Owen Alaya, made it 2-0 on 24 minutes. With a little help from his friends – Roche and Ross Farrell. 

On 26 minutes, Ardmore’s Nicholas Griffin clipped a free from the halfway line. Robbie Murphy tucked it in from the right side of the box.

Palmerstown v Ardmore Rovers Ardmore Rovers Back row (l-r) Seamus Kierans, Christian Gallagher, Dominic Waldron, Cian Hannon, Oisin Allen, Tadhg Higgins, Adam Hussey, Nicholas Griffin. Front row (l-r) Killian Doyle, Sean O’Connell, Ben Clancy, Robbie Murphy, Sam Fitzsimons, Cian Byrne, Conor Giles, Jack McEvoy. Photos by Ed Scannell 27/04/19

Eight minutes into the second period, a clever chip from McGovern made it 3-1. Palmerstown well in control now.

Yet five minutes later, Rovers were back in it. Ben Clancy sold a delightful dummy deep in his own half and set off on a surging run. His pass found Byrne and he found the net.

Two minutes later, it was 3-3 as Byrne finished sweetly. And then, six minutes from time, the visitors went ahead for the first time courtesy of a splendid lob from Griffin.

But still the band played on. And on 67 minutes, Ben Moore’s low shot seemed to make extra-time a certainty.

Yet, in the drama’s last breath, Byrne showed strength to make a yard on the middle edge of the box and guide in the winner with that paint-brush of a left boot.     

PALMERSTOWN FC: Eoin Nolan; Alan Coakley, Jack Byrne, Dean O’Brien, Jack Rooney, Finn Connell, Owen Alaya, Adam Roche, Luke McGovern, Finn O’Donoghue, Ben Moore, Evan Lambert, Ross Farrell. Managers: Jeff Byrne, Kevin Rooney, Fran Coakley.

ARDMORE ROVERS: Seamus Kierans; Tadhg Higgins, Cian Hannon, Conor Giles, Robbie Murphy, Sean O’Connell, Nicholas Griffin, Christian Gallagher, Dominic Waldron, Adam Hussey, Killian Doyle, Ben Clancy, Oisin Allen, Sam Fitzsimons, Cian Byrne. Managers: Daragh O’Connell, Chris Gallagher.

Referee: Liam Wells

By NIALL SCULLY

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