HOME FARM TAKE THEIR CHANCES AND DESERVEDLY CLAIM LFA UNDER 19 TITLE
HOME FARM……..3 NEWBRIDGE TOWN FC……0
GOALS from Alex Clarke, Liam Burke and John Hyland helped Home Farm capture the Leinster Football Association Under 19 trophy in this afternoon’s final against Newbridge Town at Frank Cooke Park.
Home Farm fully deserved their provincial success and led two-nil at the interval and tagged on a third after Newbridge had been reduced to 10-men.
A brilliant result and a strong indicator that the club is heading in the right direction with some excellent players coming up through the ranks.
Newbridge started both halves the better of the two sides but once Home Farm got their passing game going, they were the more effective unit and Dylan O’Toole in the Home Farm goal was rarely threatened.
Still Newbridge carried a genuine threat and brought a physicality to their game while winger Ruairi Browne proved a handful up until the time he was forced out late on with cramp.
Once the Farm found a rhythm to their passing however they knitted together some excellent movements going forward although Eiduilas Arbocious in the Newbridge goal was a safe pair of hands.
Kevin Platon was denied early on for Home Farm while Newbridge clipped the top of the HF bar off a corner midway through the opening period.
On 38 minutes the yellow shirts from Whitehall had a big shout for a penalty but the ball was immediately recycled out to Alex Clarke on the edge of the box and his shot arrowed past the Kildare team’s netminder to give the men from Whitehall the vital breakthrough.
It was an excellent strike but four minutes later Liam Burke produced an ever better finish cutting in from the left wing and picking his spot beyond the full length dive of Arbocious from all of 25 yards out – much to the delight of dad Michael who manages the side along with Michael O’Toole.
Newbridge continued to take a more direct approach with long diagonal balls and set pieces appeared to be their best approach but Home Farm’s defence were excellent throughout and cleared their lines very effectively.
On the restart it was Newbridge who took the game to Home Farm and pinned them in their own half for long periods but gradually Home Farm got their passing game going again while stops for cramp and a rash of substitutions from both sides stopped any real flow to the game.
Newbridge had a glorious chance to get back in the game off a corner in the 59th minute but Theo Ogedengbe’s header went wide when it looked easier to score.
An off-the-ball challenge cost Newbridge a man with 14 minutes with Adam Bulmer’s dismissal and from there to the final whistle Home Farm took control and used the full width of the Tolka Rovers pitch as the clock wound down.
The insurance goal game six minutes from time with excellent work down the left flank at the pavilion end. Substitute Klevis Malaj showed great skill and trickery to work his way to the endline and drawing the cover in he then threaded a pass to John Hyland who finished to the empty net.
Over the course of the game Newbridge spurned several chances but the same cannot be said of Home Farm and ultimately the team who takes their chances normally wins!
HOME FARM: Dylan O’Toole; Klenfield Newti, Jared Penrose, Jamie Carrick, Willie Chelaru,, Tomas Hennessy, Aaron Brady, Liam Burke, John Hyland, Alex Clarke, Kevin Platon. Subs: Dan O’Donoghue, Ciaran Eccles, Klevis Malaj, Alex Diac, Flynn Munroe.
NEWBRIDGE TOWN: Eiduilas Arbocious; Karl O’Hara, Evan Hewitt, Adam Bulmer, Kian Hogan, Sean Donohoe, Nathan O’Neill, Fayo Adetu, Keran Olataju, Theo Ogedengbe, Ruairi Browne. Subs: Daryl Ntumba, Joe Mills, Cian Richardson, Fortune Oyboya, Dara Oke, Destiny Asemote, Oisin Treacy.
Referee: Michael Cullen, Assistants: Thomas Nolan, Jason Ray, Anthony Carey.