Ark­low on course to re­tain cup

Bray People - - SPORT -

ARK­LOW TOWN re­main on course to de­fend their LFA Youth Cup crown af­ter a fourth round de­mo­li­tion of Port­marnock AFC on Satur­day.

The vis­i­tors cur­rently sit sec­ond in the U18 DDSL Premier but they proved no match for Brian Byrne's side - who lifted the tro­phy last sea­son in Da­ly­mount Park af­ter a dra­matic penalty shoot-out.

Re­cent bad weather made play­ing con­di­tions dif­fi­cult but the hosts ad­justed and broke the dead­lock in the 21st minute.

Mid­fielder Keith Arm­strong won pos­ses­sion in the mid­dle of the park and re­leased Dara Ver­ney with a bril­liant through-ball. Ver­ney then fin­ished off the move by smash­ing it past the Port­marnock goal­keeper.

The Dublin­ers were de­nied a lev­eller in the 25th minute by a great save from home cus­to­dian Cor­mac O'Brien and Town then opened up a five goal lead in a hec­tic ten- minute spell.

On 34 min­utes, Alan Sun­der­land drilled home from 18 yards and then three min­utes later Sun­der­land dou­bled his tally when he volleyed home Ver­ney's low cross.

Andy Mul­li­gan was then felled in the penalty area; pre­sent­ing Niall Mur­phy the per­fect chance to add a fourth from the spot and the young­ster did not dis­ap­point.

Keith Arm­strong then all but put the re­sult be­yond doubt a minute be­fore the half time break. Adam Han­lon surged down the right wing and crossed for Arm­strong, who saw his header saved bril­liantly. Arm­strong fol­lowed up how­ever to blast home the re­bound and make it 5-0.

And af­ter a con­trolled per­for­mance in the sec­ond pe­riod, Andy Mul­li­gan made it a half dozen of goals for the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park side when his crack­ing left­footed strike found the back of the net ten min­utes from time.

Ark­low Town now await con­fir­ma­tion of their quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nents.

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