REPORT: Tramore triumph in FAI Umbro U17 Cup
A superb finish from Luke O’Neill midway through the first half was enough to earn the Waterford club their first ever National title at the expense of a spirited Carrigaline side.
Genuine goals scoring opportunities were at a premium during the opening exchanges until the game sparked into life in the 28th minute when Tramore took the lead through Luke O’Neill.
After Favour Eddy charged down the right, the midfielder’s cross picked out Luke O’Neill in the middle and allowed the striker to expertly clip his volley across the keeper into the far top left corner of the net.
Carrigaline upped the tempo in the second half but they struggled to break through a stubborn Tramore defence, which has only conceded one goal en route to the final.
David Sexton’s powerful drive from a tight angle just shy of the hour mark was as close as United came to an equaliser but the striker was unfortunate to see his shot cannon off the far left post as Tramore hung on to claim the silverware.
Carrigaline United: Niall O’Leary, David Crotty, Christian Buttimer, Josh Honohan, Glen Sexton, Jack O’Mahony, Shane Lowney (Dean Farrissey 80), Adam O’Driscoll (Keelan Conway 63), Stephen Darcy, David Sexton (Cillian Hayes 88), Dylan O’Flaherty.
Tramore AFC: Dan Morrissey, Ben Daly, Cian O’Neil, Tom Carney, Ben Flynn, Lee Kavanagh, Conor Butler (Josh Douglas 83), Favour Eddy, Darragh Wall, Mohammad Ajala (Cameron Kent 89), Luke O’Neill (Dean Cowley 70).
Referee: Andrew Keogh.