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CUP JOY FOR HANOVER AND BURRIN AS CDJL CAP OFF GREAT SEASON WITH SUPERB FINALS

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Under 15 Cup 2022

Hanover Harps AFC   2,  St Anne’s AFC  1
Monday 2 May 2022  The Meadows Graiguecullen (St Pats Boys)

Hanover claimed the Under 15 Cup after beating St Anne’s in an exciting final in The Meadows on Bank Holiday Monday.

Both teams took a while to settle on a perfect day for football, with Daire Byrne providing the main threat on Hanover’s left wing.

St Anne’s came close to opening the scoring when a free kick drew a good save from Ewan Breen. Eoin Ryan was trying to find Sean Hayden with early balls in behind the defence but the deadlock was broken when Aaron Cunningham Burke dropped into midfield and spilt the St Anne’s defence with a pass to Utura Fernandez who drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Hanover went looking for another goal and Daire Byrne hit the outside of the post from a tight angle. Ronan Sullivan and Jack Woods were dealing well with the St Anne’s attack and half time came with Hanover 1-0 in front.

St Anne’s began the second half better and the game became a midfield battle for a while. Hanover doubled their lead when Aaron Cunningham Burke despatched a penalty after he had been fouled himself. Sam McHugh rattled the St Anne’s crossbar which would have put the result beyond doubt.

St Annes fought tooth and nail to get back into the game and pressed Hanover relentlessly and got a lifeline when they got a lifeline when scoring from an Oisin Kelly thumping free kick with ten minutes to go. St Annes continued to give their all for the rest of the game and valiantly fought to get the all-important equalizer they needed but try as they might it just would not come.

Hanover introduced both Darragh Redmond and Leon Fitzgerald to bolster the right side as the saw the game out and their captain proudly lifted the cup while the accolade of “Player of the Match” went to Aaron Cunningham Burke.

Under 14 Cup 2022

Parkville United AFC   0,  Burrin Celtic AFC  12
Monday 2 May 2022  The Meadows Graiguecullen (St Pats Boys)

Burrin Celtic completed the U14 league and cup double by beating Parkville United in the cup final. Celtic were favourites going into the fixture after winning the Div 1 league but Parkville were deserved finalists after a terrific cup run.

Burrin quickly went into the lead with Edward O’Byrne scoring after some good play by Charlie Clarke. Matthew Drought then put Celtic two goals ahead with a fine long range effort.

Parkville didn’t let their heads drop though and came back into the game. However Burrin were just too strong and three more goals from Edward O’Byrne and another from Evan Kelliher left the score 6-0 to the Division 1 league champions at half time.

Both sides made changes in the second half and the game continued to play out the same as the first half with Burrin creating chances. Six more goals came through Aaron Kelly, James Bergin, Kyle Connolly, Kyle Maloney, Edward O’Byrne and Evan Kelliher, to leave the score 12-0 to Burrin Celtic at the final whistle.

The Parkville players responded to the crowd cheering them on and kept fighting for every ball right up to the final whistle. Burrin Celtic completed a memorable year and added the cup to their league trophy.

Noah Cullen was awarded “Player of the Match” but also in the mix for that award were Charlie Clarke, Edward O’Byrne and Matthew Drought who all impressed throughout the whole game.

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