Impressive Salthill Devon march into FAI Umbro Youths’ Cup final

Impressive Salthill Devon march into FAI Umbro Youths’ Cup final

Castleview AFC  1 - 3  Salthill DevonSalthill Devon brought a remarkable sequence of results at U18 level over five years to an exciting climax when they qualified for the first time for the FAI Umbro Youths’ Cup final by beating Castleview at O’Sullivan Park, Cork
23rd Apr 2009
Salthill Devon had been eliminated from the previous four campaigns at an earlier stage but on every occasion it was defeat only by penalty shoot-out. And to compound their frustration, the teams that eliminated them went on to win the trophy !

Now they have a few weeks to prepare for their first final and again it will involve a trip to Cork to play Cork City on May 17, 2009.

Salthill’s team was very much home-produced for in the squad of 21 players they have at this level twelve of them have been with the club since they were seven, or younger, and six more had joined by the time they were eleven.

Castleview will rue the loss of a number of chances in the first 20
minutes when they were having a good spell but after that, Salthill Devon were gradually building a platform that saw them control
proceedings from there on and right through to the end.

Salthill were dominant especially in the second half with their captain Eoin Duffy calling the shots in midfield.

On thirteen minutes the Salthill jumped in front. A cross from the left was won by Gerry Dolan and fed the ball to Bryan O’Grady who shimmied, turned and fired into the net. Two more half chances followed but were not taken.

As is always the case, the balance of power swung back and forth and credit to Castleview, they came more and more into the game and, before the game was half and hour old, they were level.

Castleview were awarded a free kick from 20 yards out and Ronan Forde had to push Paudie O’Brien’s stinging effort around the post for a corner. From the ensuing corner, Salthill’s defence found it difficult to clear their lines and Kevin Kenneally was on hand to blast home from close range.

Salthill grew in effect in the second half and they went in front after 53 minutes in somewhat controversial circumstances. The game was stopped when there was a clash of heads and the referee re-started with a hop ball.

Castleview hesitated and appeared to expect Salthill’s Eoin Duffy to knock the ball back to the Castleview goalkeeper. But the referee intended a contested hop ball and Duffy turned the ball to Gerry Dolan who fired a shot to the net.

As the game wore on, Devons began to dominate and with approx. four minutes left, victory for the visitors was assured when Fergus Kerrigan finished off a fine Devon move.

The stage is now set for Sunday, May 17 in Turner’s Cross when
Salthill Devon travel to Cork once again to play Cork City in the Umbro
FAI Cup Final.

CASTLEVIEW: Stuart O’Driscoll, Robert Healy, Gary Connolly, Paul Glavin, David McCarthy, Gerry Kelleher, Anthony O’Keeffe, Paudie O’Brien, Kevin Kenneally, Christy Bullman, Daniel Buckley. Subs: Jason Daniels for Paudie O’Brien 53, Colin Mulcahy for Anthony O’Keeffe 69, Ross Daly for Daniel Buckley76.

SALTHILL DEVON: Ronan Forde, Evan Preston Kelly, Gearoid O’Cualan, Gregg Sheedy, Conor Larkin, Eoin Duffey, Gerry Cheevers, Fergus Kerrigan, Gerry Dolan, Bryan O’Brady, Brian Gaffney. Subs: Enda Curran for Bryan O’Grady 75, Daryl Horgan for Gerry Cheevers 80, Ryan Mangan for Gerry Dolan 85.

Referee: Tony Maher (Tipperary South District League)

Linesmen: John Lyons and William Burke (TSDL)