Cork take the glory in New Balance Youth Interleague Cup
Liam Durkan scored a second-half strike to set up a nervy finish but they couldn’t find an equaliser as Cork now join the teams from 2012 and 2014 to have lifted the trophy.
Cork, managed by James Fogarty, took the lead on eight minutes when Crowley fired the ball into the net from 30 yards past goalkeeper Alan Kelly.
Liam Ross nearly doubled Cork’s advantage just before half-time but his low shot hit the post from 16 yards.
Ethan Varian, who will be playing in the U17 National Cup Final this Saturday with his club Greenwood, doubled the lead for Cork on 50 minutes when he shrugged off a defender to score low into the net.
Mayo though weren’t finished yet and they had the majority of the possession in the second half clawing a goal back on 69 minutes. Eoin Prendergast played the ball to Tommy Forde who passed to Durkan who fired home from close range.
Mayo kept trying for an equaliser but Cork lead by man of the match Adam Bruton at the back held out to allow Jack Turner lift the trophy.
Mayo Schoolboys & Youths Association Football League: Alan Kelly; Darragh Jordan, Riain O’Connor, Lee Traynor, Aaron McDonnell; Ruairi Nevin (Lorcan Conroy 78), Darragh Byrne (Cillian Raymond 83); Liam Durkan, Tommy Forde, Matthew Leadbetter (Dean Guthrie 70); Eoin Prendergast.
Cork Youths League: Callum Finnegan; Adam Bruton, Jack McFall, Ben Healy, Dean McCarthy (Jamie Geasley 78); Jack Turner, Cathal Crowley; Marco Crowley, Ethan Varian, Jack Waters (Stephen D'Arcy 67); Liam Ross.
Referee: Brian Lynch (Galway).