Galvin brace seals Munster title for Cork Schoolboys League U14 squad

Galvin brace seals Munster title for Cork Schoolboys League U14 squad
The Cork team celebrate in capturing the Skechers U14 Munster title following their 2-1 victory over WWEC in Ballea Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

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A brace from Jonny Galvin, one in each half, gave the Cork Schoolboys a deserved 2-1 victory over West Waterford East Cork Schoolboys (WWEC) in the Skechers SFAI U14 Munster Final which was played in excellent conditions at Ballea Park East in Carrigaline last Sunday afternoon.

This was more that the Cork team deserved as they dominated the game from start to finish, allowing WWEC only the one time to get behind their lines which resulted in their goal midway through the second half.

Cork pressed from the start, Conor McCarthy’s cross in the second minute a little too strong for Eoin Kelly on the far side, while moments later the WWEC keeper was called into make a diving save from Darragh McCormick in the centre as Cork were looking for an early score.

WWEC keeper Sean Meade was forced to make saves from Keith McCarthy and Galvin, with McCarthy’s effort from 20 yards out going just over the crossbar.

A delighted Cork captain Darragh McCormick holds up the Skechers U14 Munster title trophy following his teams 2-1 victory over WWEC at Balea Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy
A delighted Cork captain Darragh McCormick holds up the Skechers U14 Munster title trophy following his teams 2-1 victory over WWEC at Balea Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Cork almost opened the scoring in the 26th minute when McCormick’s 30 yard effort in the centre bounced off the crossbar, with Galvin’s effort seconds later going just wide.

Cork opened their account two minutes before half time when Galvin managed to turn his marker and belted the ball over the fingertips of Meade and into the back of the net from 25 yards, with additional chances falling to McCormick and Evan Lynch before the half ended.

The second half was a little more competitive as the WWEC started to come forward, but were frustrated by a solid Cork back line who cleared any impending danger, and who continued to create chances for themselves with WWEC keeper doing well to save from James O’Leary and was glad to see McCarthy’s effort go over the bar.

In the WWEC’s first real attack, Evan Geary managed to latch onto a high ball which went over the Cork backline and neatly slotted the ball past Rory Moloney for the equaliser after 48 minutes of play.

The goal spurred WWEC on as their confidence boosted, with Olan McCarthy’s 35-yard effort going just over the Cork crossbar, while at the other end, Cork continued to press, and as time went on, dominated the remainder of the game in an effort to restore their lead.

Chances came to Gearoid Daly, Cathal Mullins and James O’Leary, but with just four minutes remaining Jonny Galvin scored his second of the afternoon when he met Mullins’s cross on the far side and managed to slip the ball past Meade to restore Cork’s lead.

Cork's Matthew Kiernan controls the ball ahead of Evan Geary of WWEC during the Skechers U14 Munster final at Ballea Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Cork's Matthew Kiernan controls the ball ahead of Evan Geary of WWEC during the Skechers U14 Munster final at Ballea Park. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Cork were given a scare a minute later when a dangerous free kick in the D for WWEC was sent harmlessly over the Cork bar, as the Cork team held onto possession and counted down the remaining minutes to claim the title.

CSL: Rory Moloney, Jamie O’Brien, Matthew Kiernan, James O’Leary, Gearoid Daly, Evan Lynch, Keith McCarthy, Eoin Kelly, Jonny Galvin, Darragh McCormick, Conor McCarthy, Rhys Kelly Noonan, Matthew O’Sullivan, Ben Heas, Ronan Dooley, Lucas Kennedy, Adam Kelly, Cathal Mullins.

WWEC: Sean Meade, Cian Ryan, Evan Geary, James McSweeney, Colin Murphy, Olan McCarthy, Aodhan Hickey, Densil Unurhoro,Ben Walsh, Oisin Coffey, James Hickey, Liam Devine, Ty Corcran, Donnacha Hickey, Liam Og Hegarty, Sam Shannon, Oisin Aldred.

Referee: Kieran Burns.

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