Ram­pant Town lift Shield ti­tle

Bray People - - Sport -

THE FI­NAL fix­ture of last sea­son’s WDSL pro­gramme was ful­filled on Sun­day last at New­town’s Com­mu­nity Ground when Ark­low Town met Ard­more Rovers in the U-14 Premier Shield fi­nal.

The Ark­low side opened brightly with Dar­ragh O’Leary mak­ing con­tin­u­ous raids down the left flank. Ably sup­ported by Stephen Ka­vanagh and the cen­tral mid­field pair­ing of Mark Hardy and Ian Reid, it was Town who opened the scor­ing in the fifth minute, John Kearon sweep­ing in from the left to slot past the ‘keeper in­side the far post. Mark Hardy added a sec­ond for Town 15 min­utes later with a car­bon copy of Kearon’s ini­tial strike.

It was Hardy again, adding Town’s third goal with half­time ap­proach­ing, get­ting on the end of some nice ex­changes from Alan Sun­der­land and Ian Reid. John Kearon, who proved to be a thorn in Ard­more’s side through­out, added a fourth goal right on half-time to put the game be­yond the Bray side’s reach.

Credit the Bray team though for a spir­ited sec­ond­half ef­fort as they tried to get back into the game. Their be­lief grew mo­men­tar­ily with a fine move open­ing Town’s res­o­lute de­fence and a good goal be­ing scored. How­ever, Ian Reid was in no mood to al­low Ard­more’s re­vival to pros­per and ham­mered home the goal of the game from dis­tance, restor­ing Town’s four-goal ad­van­tage.

With min­utes re­main­ing Alan Sun­der­land put the ic­ing on the cake with a su­perb in­di­vid­ual goal, cut­ting in from the right wing and curl­ing a per­fectly weighted ball past the Ard­more ‘keeper. Fi­nal score: Ark­low Town 6, Ard­more Rovers 1.

The winning Ark­low Town side who lifted the WDSL U-14 Shield ti­tle with a 6-1 win over Ard­more Rovers.

Mark Hardy on the ball for Ark­low Town.

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