Mervue United (Galway) 4
Corinthians Boys (Cork) 1
MERVUE UNITED captured the Skechers U13 National Cup title in an entertaining match at Turner's Cross on Saturday afternoon, thanks to a second half four goal blitz which stunned Corinthians Boys who were up a skilful Galway side on the day.
Corinthians had the first opportunity on goal in the second minute only to see his long distance effort go wide of the Mervue post as both teams were testing each others weakness.
In the eight minute Mervue thought they had the opening score when Dawit Dems’s pass found Kyle Fitzgerald who ran into the centre and neatly chipped ball over keeper James O’Flaherty and as the ball went towards the direction of an empty net was somehow cleared off the line by Corinthians defender Frankie Sheehan and cleared.
Corinthians Chris Harrington had another long range effort which bounced in front of the Mervue keeper Macdarragh Scanlon who managed to hold onto the ball.
Moments later Mervue Sean Flynn’s long range free kick floated into the area but was well caught by the Corinthians keeper O’Flaherty.
Both teams were beginning to come forward with some excellent passing moves and attempted to open up each others defence as at times play went from end to end in seconds. Corinthians David O’Connor’s effort went just over the Mervue crossbar while moments later at the other end Aironas Kenkantus’s pass from the far side was just too long for team mate Fitzgerald.
Barely a minute into the second half and the Galway outfit opened the scoring when Dems cross found Kyle Fitzgerald on the far corner who shrugged off his marker and slotted the ball into the net off the far post.
Five minutes later Mervue doubled their lead when Eoin Hannon Sean Flynn whose shot from inside the area was just too strong for O’Flaherty and it got worse for Corinthians when Hannon skipped past the keeper at the far post and added another by the 43rd minute.
In the 48th minute, Mervue’s Hannon found himself one and one with O’Flaherty but the keeper managed to block his attempt on goal as the Galway team were creating chances for themselves.
Halfway through the second half and Corinthians managed to pull one back courtesy of Padraig McGrath who met Chrisain Wilson’s cross and tapped in from two yards.
Mervue continued to press, with Fitzgerald’s spectacular overhead kick being deflected over the bar by O’Flaherty who was relieved to see a defenders deflection bounce off the crossbar for a corner moments later. O’Flaherty did well to block another attempt from Eoin Hannon, but could do nothing to prevent Mervue adding a fourth when Hannon slotted the ball past him with less than six minutes remaining.
Corinthians attempted to come forward with chances falling Harrington, but it was Mervue who celebrated at the final whistle.
Corinthians Boys: Jamnes O’Flaherty, Mark O’;Brien, Frankie Sheehan, Daniel Mellerick, Vlad Lysenko, Ale Moloney, James Traynor, Dylan O’Sullivan, Padraig McGrath, Chris Harrington, David O’Connor, Charlie Hill, Adam O’Reilly, Christian Wilson, Conor Redmond.
Mervue United: Macdarragh Scanlon, Skye Corcoran, Dennis Sirbu, Billy Regan, Lucas Vencele, Rhys O’Connor, Sean Flynn, Aironas Kankantus, Eoin Hannon, Dawit Dems, Kyle Fitzgerald, Lee Curlry, Jake Cunningham, Isabelle Fitzpatrick, Darragh King, Sean Nnadi, Michael Gavajuc, Jamie King
Referee: Ray Murphy.