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Izekor’s electric pace proves to be a thorn in Belvo’s side in Goodson



A BIG crowd at the home of the NDSL. The meeting of two of the heavyweights. Two of the great names of schoolboy football.

Cherry Orchard v Belvedere. U.14 SFAI Final Belvedere. Back row (l-r) Taylor Bruton, Sean Cummins, Adam Banim, James Ward, Charles McGee, Darragh Murtagh. Front row (l-r) Adam Murphy, Danney Jeal, James Byrne, Anthony Dodd, Sammy Soyemi. Photos by Ed Scannell 11/05/19

On their walk to the red carpet, both sides had scored a sackful of goals. And hardly conceded any at all.
All were looking forward to the duel. There was an intrigue surrounding it.

Orchard looked comfortable in the boots from the off. Anytime Divine Izekor got on the ball he caused problems.

He had electric pace. He’s strong. And he possesses nimble feet too.

He made the first goal. It came in the fifth minute. Divine’s cross from the right was met by Matthew Alonge.
The equaliser came four minutes later. Taylor Bruton was tumbled on the right edge of the box. Darragh Murtagh converted the penalty. With precision.

It was 2-1 to the Ballyfermot boys at the interval. Divine scored their second three minutes from the break. All his own work. Showing speed and strength, and a cracking shot.   

Cherry Orchard v Belvedere. U.14 SFAI Final Taylor Bruton of Belvedere looks to get past the challenge from Orchard’s Callum Wynne during Saturday’s SFAI Skechers Cup final. Photos by Ed Scannell 11/05/19

 Four minutes into the second period, it was 3-1. David Monahan finishing smartly from inside the box.
It was then that Belvo had their best spell. They saw more of the ball. They began to probe for opening. They were hard to find. Orchard defended with grit.

But when, late on, Dan Bergin tapped in Bruton’s cross from the right, Belvo were right back in it. And they gave it everything. Knocking on the door. Ringing the bell.

Cherry Orchard v Belvedere. U.14 SFAI Final Divine Izekor of Cherry Orchard receives the Man of the Match award from Skechers Gemma McGuirk and SFAI Chairman John Earley. Photos by Ed Scannell 11/05/19

The game stretched deep into injury-time, but the Cherries grew taller with every second.

CHERRY ORCHARD: Alex Power; Luke O’Regan, Erik Beliauskas, Mark Flood, David Monahan, Harry O’Connor, Jack Murray, Joshua Kerr, Max Mason, Callum Wynne, Matthew Alonge, Bobby Pakenham, Matas Maniusus, Jessie Stapleton, Divine Izekor, Maxi Hennessy, Cain Dunne, Harry Buckley.

BELVEDERE FC: Adam Banim; Danny Jeal, Callum Goad, Charles McGee, James Ward, James Byrne, Taylor Bruton, Adam Murphy, Darragh Murtagh, Anthony Dodd, Sammy Soyemi, Sean Cummins, Adam Eustace, Dan Bergin, Jamie Ryan.

Referee: Ian Bradley


Cherry Orchard v Belvedere. U.14 SFAI Final Match Officials: Ian Bradley, Aaron O’Dowd, Ben McEvoy and Declan Ellison. Photos by Ed Scannell 11/05/19

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