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O’Neill sparks Balscadden comeback to advance to NDSL Cup semi-finals

NDSL Under-11 E/F Cup
Woodlawn Sportslink 1-3 Balscadden Boys 

By Ger Brady

A second half blitz from Balscadden Boys’ Under-11’s ensured they progressed tthrough to the semi-finals of the NDSL Under-11 E/F Cup on Saturday morning in Sportslink, Santry.

Behind 1-0 at the break after a very even first half, the second half saw the boys from Balscadden move up through the gears and although they were often firing at goal from all angles, they found their range correctly three times to book themselves an outting in the last four.

The opening half saw only the one goal but a multitude of chances.

The first of them fell the way of the home side but Konrad Popiech’s effort was saved well by Dean Martin in the Balscadden goal.In the 7th minute the visitors had their first chance of the game when Jack Doherty raced clean through on goal but drove his shot wide of the target.

Woodlawn FC v Balscadden Boys. Woodlawn’s Leon Simpson and Balscadden’s Adam Whelan compete on Saturday morning in Sportslink. Photos by E.Scannell 25/05/19

As the half moved on Woodlawn were getting slightly on top and had several chances with Isaac Coppinger’s effort saved by Martin while the away ‘keeper was tested again by Leon Simpson moments later and this time saved at the second attempt.

Balscadden’s main man was Dillon O’Neill and his mazy run down the left saw him om goal but the danger was eventually cleared by Woodlawn’s Robert Purcell.Five minutes before the break though, Woodlawn went in front.

After some serious pressure in and around their goal, Balscadden cleared only as far as Oliver Doherty who’s long-range strike somehow managed to get through the packed goal-mouth area and slip inside the far post.

Woodlawn FC v Balscadden Boys. Woodlawn’s Konrad Popiech goes close to opening the scoring with his long range effort on Saturday morning. Photos by E.Scannell 25/05/19


And it could have two-nil before the interval when Dean Martin tipped Warren White’s effort from the left on to the far post and the ball fell fortunately back into the ‘keepers arms.

The second period was all about the away side as Balscadden blitzed their opponents and they almost levelled just two minutes into the half but in the end Dillon O’Neill shot wide of the target.He didn’t make the same mistake seconds later when thie time he took full advantage of some hesitency at the back for Woodlawn and tucked his effort inside the far post to make it 1-1.

On 31 minutes Sam Malone’s poor kick out went straight to O’Neill who didn’t delay firing on goal but was denied by an outstanding save from the Woodlawn number one.

Woodlawn FC v Balscadden Boys. Balscadden’s Jack Doherty looks to get past the challenge from Woodlawn’s Darragh Foley during Saturday’s match in Sportslink. Photos by E.Scannell 25/05/19

Woodlawn weren’t ready to wave the white flag yet and on a breakaway with two minutes left Warren White bore down on goal only to see his low drive effort go wide of Martin’s goal.

A few minutes later, Balscadden were denied again by Malone in the Woodlawn goal although this time he was fortunate Alfie Moore’s bullet stuck between his feet.But Balscadden were looking the livlier and with 6 minutes left they went 2-1 ahead.

And it was their danger man again Dillon O’Neill who found the net and two minutes later O’Neill was involved again as this time he set-up Jack Doherty to finish at the back post to make the final score 3-1.

Woodlawn Sportslink: Sam Malone. Robert Purcell. Oliver Doherty, Sam O’Brien. Leon Simpson. Oscar Whitehead. Darragh Foley. Isaac Coppinger. Konrad Popiech. Calvin Lee. Keegan Reilly.Conor Geoghegan. Warren White.


Balscadden Boys: Dean Martin. Kevin Mangan. Alan Foran. Adam Whelan. Kyle Casey. Alfie Moore. Dylan Wherity. Joseph White. Graham Wherity. Caw Tyrell. Jack Doherty. Dean Gonciver O’Shea. Dillon O’Neill.
Referee: Nancy Foley.

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