SFAI SKECHERS UNDER-14 GOODSON CUP.
HOME FARM….……………….3 AISLING ANNACOTTY……1
THE warmest of welcomes for Aisling Annacotty at Whitehall on Saturday. Eamon Mahon and friends had laid out a lovely spread for the visitors.
They had come from the land of Dolores O’Riordan. One of the seats in the Home Farm stand is named in memory of Luke Kelly.
By NIALL SCULLY
The spectators were glad of the roof. The weather was grim for this last sixteen Skechers SFAI U-14 Goodson Cup tie. Driving rain and a gusting wind.
It was a grey afternoon for the 2.pm kick-off. The floodlights came on after just 15 minutes.
Yet both sides overcame the conditions to provide splendid entertainment. Helped by one of the city’s top referees, Tom Quinn.
The Limerick lads played some excellent football. They have inventive feet. They were always trying to open doors. Kyle Foley has diamonds on his boots. He has a velvet left peg.
At the heart of their rearguard, Paul Canny and Aidan O’Shea formed a coalition as the Ministers of Defence.
In the first half came a delightful moment. With his back to goal, Fionn Rowesome, with the outside of his right foot, flicked the ball into space out to the left-wing. Like Matthew Le Tissier. Or Johnny Walsh.
Annacotty had much of the play over the seventy minutes, but they met a side that had resolve by the bucket-full, and who defended with gusto.
In these parts, they say that Liam Donnelly could dribble like the Duffer. And himself and Robbie Herbert had every reason to be proud of the display from their young Hoops.
They got the ideal start. A goal inside two minutes. Marcus O’Keeffe tucking in at the car park end following a storming run down the right by Scott Lynch.
Annacotty equalised on nine minutes. A free-kick wide on the left, expertly curled in right-footed to the far corner by the cultured right boot of Rowesome. Fionn was to hit the post before the break.
And, also before the tea, Annacotty’s Fintan McNamara was foiled by Sean Fleming’s timely and brave block.
The clubs were glad to get into the shelter and warmth of the dressing-room at the interval. So too Tom Quinn.
It was to become a real test of stamina. Especially when the surface began to soften.
The teams continued to give it everything. Annacotty still enjoying plenty of possession, but Farm staying compact, and composed with the ball at their feet.
Nineteen minutes into the second half, Farm took the lead. Calum Donnelly brought a good save from Charlie Lane, forcing a corner on the left.
Calum sent over the corner to the near post where Liam Herbert turned it in with the deftest of touches.
Annacotty continued to play their neat football. Probing and pressing. Finding feet.
But seven minutes from time, the hosts struck once more. A free-kick slightly the left. Some 35 yards out.
It looked too far out to have a pot, but Calum Donnelly was thinking otherwise, and his right-footed strike dipped under the slates.
Annacotty created a few more attacks. But as was the case all day, the Farm gate remained securely closed.
HOME FARM: Jamie Whelan; Connor Cassidy, David Amakar, Dara Tormey, Sean Curran, Liam Herbert, Sean Fleming, Ryan Carroll, Scott Lynch, Marcus O’Keeffe, Calum Donnelly, Sean O’Brien, Dyson Reilly, Aaron Potter. Managers: Robbie Herbert, Liam Donnelly.
AISLING ANNACOTTY: Charlie Lane; Darragh Ferland, Paul Canny, Aidan O’Shea, Cathal Downes, Eoin Brady, Kyle Foley, Scott Ryan Coleman, Scott Murphy, Fionn Rowesome, Fintan McNamara, Shae Guinan, Alberto Henry, Anton Koglanov, David Brennan, Owen Hadden, Sean Costello, Jack Keogh. Managers: John Foley, Chris Collopy.
Referee: Tom Quinn