Douglas Hall 0 Skerries 1
DOUGLAS Hall’s National Cup adventure ended at the hands of Skerries of Dublin when they were defeated by a solitary goal in the SFAI Subway U12 National Cup last 16 match at Moneygourney.
Played in brilliant sunshine, both teams served up an exciting hour’s football with neither side willing to give an inch in territory. The standard of football was top class with full credit to players and their coaches.
As a result, chances were few and far between, as two very even teams fought for every ball and utilised every inch of the pitch with play regularly going from one side of the pitch to the other as both teams looked to find a weakness.
The first attempt on goal came in the 17th minute when Douglas Hall’s Jamie Horgan’s chip from distance out was tipped over the crossbar by the Skerries keeper Adam Ellis.
At the other end, Skerries’ Oliver Daughton found himself unmarked in the Douglas Hall area only for his effort to be brilliantly saved by James Nevin in the Hall goal.
Nevin was again called into action a few minutes later when Noah Mulvey’s long range free kick against the wind was collected, while at the other end Ellis did well to clear as Douglas Hall were beginning to apply pressure, doing well to clear from David O’Connell’s effort.
Three minutes into the second half Horgan’s shot from 35 yards almost caught Ellis out, but a minute later the visitors took the lead when Finn McGuinness outran his marker and neatly slotted the ball past Nevin.
Despite being a goal down, it was all Hall, who pressed for an equaliser. The home side were lucky not to go two down in the 40th minute when Dan Sweeney beat the offside trap only to see his effort cleared by Tadgh Curtin in the Douglas Hall defence.
The final 10 minutes was played at a frantic pace as the home side looked to get back into the game, while the Dublin outfit managed to clear any crosses coming into the area.
Nerves were beginning to show as Ellis dropped the ball in the area only for it to be scrambled away, while Hall’s Thomas Murray’s glancing header went just wide of the mark.
Ellis was again called into action when Douglas Hall’s Ben Herlihy broke through, saving his effort with his legs in what could have been a certain score.
Another chance came Douglas Hall’s way when Adam Kelly’s free kick from just outside the area went narrowly wide, but in the end the Skerries defence held out.
They advanced to the quarter-finals at the expense of a gallant Hall side.
DOUGLAS HALL: James Nevin, Diarmuid O’Donoghue, Jamie Horgan, Adam Kelly, Denis Kelleher O’Leary, David O’Connell, Liam Cregan, Matthew Dowling, Craig Nolan, Thomas Murray, Ryan Hourihan, James Gordon, Ben Herlihy, Tadgh Curtin, Conor Dooley.
SKERRIES: Adam Ellis, Thomas McDermott, Finn McGuinness, Oliver Daughton, Dan Sweeney, Luke Smith, Aaron Keogh, Leo McGinley, Fionn Grennan, Dean Sweeney, Noah Mulvey, Ben Fagan.
Referee: Craig Noonan.