Belvedere claim FAI Umbro U17 Challenge Cup

FAI Umbro U17 Challenge Cup Final
Belvedere FC
Kilmallock United
Paul Corry 63 pen, 75
David Lodola 78
Paul Doona 27
Sunday, May 24th 2009
Tolka Park, Dublin

Belvedere claim FAI Umbro U17 Challenge Cup

Dublin's Belvedere FC under the stewardship of managers, John Moore and Kieran O'Reilly claimed 355224the FAI Umbro U17 Challenge Cup in Tolka Park today (Sunday). Kilmallock went ahead in the 27th minute through Paul Doona but Belvedere hit back in the second half through man of the match, Paul Corry (2) and David Lodola.

In a furious start to the game, Belvedere had the first real chance after 17 minutes when captain Paul Corry powered a shot from 20 yards but his effort was comfortably saved by Robert Egan in Kilmallock's goal.

Paul Doona tested Belvedere's keeper a minute later when he tried an audacious shot from a free-kick from 25 yards our but David Quirke was well positioned to deal with the shot.

Kilmallock took the lead against the run of play with 27 minutes on the clock, a long ball from Niall Hurley caused panic in Belvedere's defence and as the on-rushing David Quirke miss-kicked his clearance and the imposing Paul Doona had the easy task of collecting the ball at the edge of the box as he slotted it into the empty net.

Jake Mulcahy almost doubled Kilmallock's lead three minutes later when he tried his luck from a free-kick on the right from 20 yards out but David Quirke was on hand to divert the danger with a great save.

Kilmallock should have gone into the half-time break two goals up as Paul Doona was once again wreaking havoc with Belvedere's defence. In a similar move to the first goal, Jake Mulcahy launched a high ball into Belvedere's half and the imposing Doona brushed off his marker but David Quirke was once again on-hand to make a blinding save from 15 yards.

Belvedere came out after the half-time break in inspiring form and they were piling all sorts of pressure on the Limerick side. In a clever move after 53 minutes, Corry played a cutting ball to Gary Burke in Kilmallock's box and Burke applied a neat chip but David Lodola's powerful header from the six-yard box was acrobatically saved by Robert Egan to keep the Dublin side at bay.

Belvedere were level via the penalty spot in the 63rd minute when Cian Burchill brought down Shane Howard in the box and referee, Charlie Pierce instantly pointed to the spot. Captain, Paul Corry stepped up and blasted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner, giving Robert Egan no chance in Kilmallock's goal.

Belvedere who were now growing in confidence, took the lead after 75 minutes with another superb effort from captain, Paul Corry. Belvedere attacker, Gary Burke forced his way through Kilmallock's defence, he played it into Corry in the box and he applied a neat finish into the bottom left hand corner to make it two.

David Lodola claimed his side's third goal in the 78th minute with a superb individual effort, he collected the ball on the left wing and powered his way into Kilmallock's box and the defence did well to block his initial effort but he was on hand to blast the rebound towards goal and the ball squirmed under Robert Egan's body to secure the title for Belvedere.

Belvedere FC: David Quirke, Shane Keely, Jason Finn, Neil Harney, Garvan Broughall, Stephen Traynor, Shane Howard, Paul Corry (C), David Ladola Gary Burke, David O’Connor.

Substitutes: Jake Carroll (on for Traynor, 52 mins), Sean Skelly, Brendan Turley (on for O'Connor, 87 mins), Stephen Relihan, Tom O’Halloran, Craig Sexton, Matt Doherty.
Kilmallock FC: Robert Egan, David Barry, Jake Mulcahy, Mark O’Loughlin, Kevin O’Donnell, Niall Hurley (C), Cian Burchill, Chris Todd, Paul Doona, Owen Webb-O’Rourke, Aaron Costello.

Substitutes: Donal Barry (on for Hurley, 60 mins) Kevin Palmer (on for Webb O'Rourke, 52 mins), Anthony Punch (on for Costello 83 mins), Ian Fox, Stephen O’Riordan.
Referee: Charlie Pierce.

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