Tramore lift FAI New Balance Youth Challenge Cup


Tramore lift FAI New Balance Youth Challenge Cup

Josh Douglas headed in an extra-time winner as Tramore AFC landed a pulsating New Balance FAI Youth Cup Final after a 4-3 success over St. Kevin’s Boys at Ozier Park, Waterford on Sunday afternoon.
29th Apr 2018

Tramore opened the scoring on eight minutes when Daniel Olasumbo headed home a left-wing Darragh Wall cross before the Seagulls doubled their lead on 23 minutes. Olasumbo cracked in a shot from the edge of the penalty area that was parried by keeper Yoro Godfrey and it was Wall that touched home the rebound. 


St. Kevin’s Boys came storming back into the tie and were level by the 38th minute after scoring twice in the space of seven minutes. The first goal came when Tramore keeper Dan Morrissey cleared the ball straight to Lee Kelly and he powered an unstoppable left-footed effort to the roof of the net from 25-yards.


The equaliser arrived with a stunning goal when captain John Barry intercepted another loose clearance from the seaside defence and he gave Morrisey no chance as his unbelievable left-footed strike flew into the top corner of the net.


Lee Kelly was gifted his second goal of the tie on the hour mark as his side took the lead for the first time in the game as Dan Morrisey fumbled his left-wing cross over the line before the saints were reduced to ten men on 75 minutes after Tuluwalade Bello was red carded for a second yellow game after impeding a Morrissey clearance.  


Tramore were level on 87 minutes when Kieran Sadey sent in a deep cross from the left that was knocked down by Niall Long into the path of Lee Kavanagh and his simply sublime finish beat Yoro Godfrey with the aid of the left-upright.


The winner came for the Waterford side in the final minute of the first period of extra-time when Kavanagh’s right-wing flag kick was headed back across goal by Darragh Wall for Josh Douglas and he planted a close-range header to the net for a goal that saw Tramore crowned champions.


After the game, FAI President Tony Fitzgerald presented the Cup to captain Tom Carney, who was also named as the man of the match after a sparkling performance of leadership at the heart of the defence.  


Tramore AFC: Dan Morrissey, Josh Douglas, Michael Brennan (Luke O’Neill 91), Tom Carney, Ben Flynn, Favour Eddy (Mohammed Alala 108), Conor Butler (Niall Long 79), Lee Kavanagh, Darragh Wall, Kieran Sadey (Eoin Hayes 110), Daniel Olasumbo (Luke Kervick 79).


St. Kevin’s Boys: Yoro Godfrey, Lee McKevitt, John Barry, Ryan O’Neill (Andrew Brogan 67), Tuluwalade Bello, Mark Murray (Paul McCarville 46), Gavin Harney (Adam O’Mara 73), Jack McMahon, Dylan Kelly (Conor Pugh 94), Cameron Brennan, Lee Kelly (Jason Noone 83).


Referee: Nicholas Boland (Wexford).