U15 SFAI SKECHERS EVANS CUP FINAL
HANOVER HARPS…….1 STELLA MARIS………….0
HISTORY before the kick-off. The first Carlow team to be in an SFAI Cup final.
The SFAI’s Simon Walsh was high in the gantry in the Coolock sunshine. Capturing all the golden moments.
The golden goal came ten minutes from time. The Hanover centre-forward, Brandon Kelly, was its master-mind.
He took a free-kick from the left edge of the Stella box. It tumbled clear in the traffic and there to guide it home was Ronan Quinlan.
Kelly is a busy and inventive number 9. With impressive balance. He could turn on a Euro. He was always eager to pounce. Always on the heels of the defender.
And he’s a sporting gent too. In the first half, following another impressive run, he hit the turf inside the penalty area. But, not for a second, did he look for a penalty. There are many in the Premiership that could learn from him.
Stella’s biggest threat came from Eric Yoro. He had a storming match. And he has one of the hardest shots in football.
In the second period, he let fly from 25 yards. It brought the save-of-the-season from Jason Brennan.
Stella worked hard. Both teams did. There was little between them.
In the second minute, Kelly brought out a superb stop from the Stella goalie, Marius Petrean.
Then Graham Keoghan went close with a neat lob for Stella. He played with much energy. Always hoping for a kindly bounce.
In injury-time, the ball came to him on the six yard box from a cross from Yoro on the right, but Brennan was down low to gather.
And after that, the good people of Carlow were preparing page 1 of The Nationalist.
HANOVER HARPS: Jason Brennan; Mikee Horohan, Cillian McGrath, Jamie Furlong, Kyle Foley, Kyle Nolan, Harry Lloyd, Ronan Quinlan, Brandon Kelly, Stephen Smyth, Jack Murphy, Jack Dunne, Jack Begley, Dylan Doyle, Diarmuid Long, Aaron Bowden.
STELLA MARIS: Marias Petrean; Adam Gannon, Nathan Fitzpatrick, Kareem Ahmed, Reece Fahey, Eric Yoro, Luigi Sacco, Conor Kilbane, Evan Harte, Graham Keoghan, Cian Hamilton, Adam Reid, Adam Costello, Akrim Milliti, Callum Hutch, Toby Hanway, Ben McMullen.
Referee: Owen Kelly.