SSE AIRTRICITY NATIONAL UNDER 17 LEAGUE FINAL
SHAMROCK ROVERS 0
BOHEMIANS 2 (Aaron Doran 1, Evan Ferguson 26)
The SSE Airtricity National Under 17 League crown is heading to
Dalymount Park once again as Bohemians produced a dominant display to
comfortably overcome their great Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers on a
2-0 scoreline on a miserable night in tough conditions at the UCD Bowl
and capture the title.
Bohemians wasted little time in stamping their authority on the game
and were a goal up within 15 seconds.
Evan Ferguson set up the chance for Aaron Doran with a beautiful
through ball into his path and Doran outpaced the Rovers rearguard to
coolly apply a clinical finish that gave Killian Cahill little chance
of keeping it out.
A whirlwind start for the young Gypsies and Chris Lotefa might have
doubled the lead a few minutes later but his effort was well blocked
by the covering defender Ben Curtis.
Another chance for Bohs to go further ahead was foiled by Oisin Hand
who did well to take the sting out of Ferguson’s shot and Cahill was
able to gather the ball.
It was all Bohemians at this stage and thye impressive Ferguson
powered down the right wing and it took the combined efforts of Cahill
and Eric Abundiore to prevent his finish making the score 2-0.
The second Bohemians goal did arrive midway in the half when
goalkeeper Reece Byrne began a swift counter attack with a well place
goal kick which found Doran on the left flank and his pace got him
past Oisin Hand to cross low into box where Ferguson brilliantly
flicked the ball past a helpless Cahill.
Bohs were completely on top and with Collie Conroy and Cian Byrne
controlling midfield and Lotofa, Doran and Ferguson proving a handful
for the Rovers defence there was only one team in the game for the
majority of the opening half.
Rovers only response was a speculative shot from defender Abundiore
that sailed over the crossbar.
Half time words from coach Thomas Morgan inspired Rovers to step up
their game on the resumption and a classy strike from Kevin Zefi
forced Byrne to make an equally marvellous save.
Unfortunately that proved to be their best chance of getting back into
the game as a well drilled Bohs side showed great discipline to defend
solidly, soak up any pressure and make it hard for Rovers to break
In a couple of counter attacks Ferguson cracked a stinging shot off
the post before he had to retire injured and later Doran might have
added to the Bohs total but Cahill was able to deflect his effort out
for a corner.
Rovers boss Thomas Morgan will be bitterly disappointed with the
performance as for some strange reason they never got into the game
and Byrne was only called into action on a couple of occasions.
While Bohs boss Derek Pender will be mighty pleased to see his
talented side capture the league title in his first season in
Man of the Match: Collie Conroy (Bohemians)
SHAMROCK ROVERS: Killian Cahill; Oisin Hand, Ben Curtis, Eric
Abundiore; Sean Carey, Evan Caffrey, John Ryan, Kevin Zefi; Conan
Noonan, Dara McGuinness, Michael Leddy. Subs: Sam Curtis (for Carey h-t), Zayd Abada (for Abundiore h-t), Eureal Abidoye (for McGuinness h-t), Roland Banya (for Caffrey 64) Not
used:Kieran Cruise, Carl Lennox, Manni Nilongo, Cian Curtis, Shay
BOHEMIANS: Reece Byrne; Gavin O’Brien, Sean Greman, Daragh Reilly, Len
O’Sullivan; Collie Conroy, Cian Byrne; Chris Lotefa, Aaron Doran,
Jamie Mullins; Evan Ferguson. Subs: James McManus (for Lotefa 52), Odhran Lawlor (for Ferguson 72), Callum Warren (for Mullins 88). Not used: Josh Lancaster, Alex
O’Brien, Darragh Murtagh, Luke Browne, Kian Moore.
Referee: David Gallagher
Assistants: Joe McDonnell, Robbie Byrne
Fourth Official: Brendan Twamley.