Keadue Rovers 1
MIDLETON advanced to the semi-final of the SFAI Skechers U15 National Cup following a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Keadue Rovers of Donegal at Knockgriffin Park on Sunday, with Daniel Murnane netting no less than four goals during the afternoon.
The visitors started the game well, with the Midleton keeper Aaron Olden gathering the ball well from a flick on from Michael Curran, but from then on it was all Midleton who were the far better team on the day controlling play from right across the pitch.
Midleton’s first chance came in the 8th minute with Ale Moloney’s 25 yards free kick, followed by a corner which was headed over the bar. However, by the 17th minute the home side opened the scoring when Daniel Murnane’ss effort from the far corner of the area which sailed over the keeper and into the back of the net.
By the 28th minute Midleton had doubled their lead when George Alamu ran straight at the keeper following a Keardue move forward and duly drove the ball past Cormac Hanlon for Midleton’s second.
A minute into the second half the home side made it 3-0 when Alamu tapped in at the far post for hios second of the game, and here minutes later they made it 4-0 when Moloney’s cross from the near side went over the keeper and into the far corner.
Keadue managed to grab one back in the 41st minute when Oran Gallagher’s free kick from outside the penalty area sailed through the Midleton wall, but that was as near as they managed to get to the Midleton net as the home side shut shop and continued to press forward.
Two minutes later Midleton added a fifth courtesy of Daniel Loeonard at the far corner as chances were coming Midleton’s way, with opportunities falling to Tadgh O’Leary Hayes, Ryan Sexton, George Alamu, Darragh O’Brien and Daniel Murnane.
Two well-taken goals from Murnane in the 68th and 70th minutes put the gloss on an excellent Midleton performance who now look forward to a semi final sport in the coming weeks, and judging by this afternoon's performance will fancy their chances on going all the way to the final this season.
Midleton: Aaron Olden, Ronan Birdthistle, Alex Moloney, Aaron Desmond, Oran Sweetnam, Evan Bolster, Tadgh O’Leary Hayes, Darragh O’Brien, George Alamu, Daniel Leonard, Daniel Murnane, Ryan Sexton, Even McGrath, Cian Hegarty, Tadgh Bohan, JJ Olajitan.
Keadue Rovers: Cormac Hanlon, Luke Clerkin, Cian McGree, Dan Kerr, Aiden McGee, Jack Treacy, Micheal McShane, Aaron Neely, Michael Curran, Lennon Cowley, Oran Gallagher, Tristan Boyle, Mark Bonner.
Referee: Dan Forde.