Verney hits late winner to send Arklow into last eight
THE QUARTER-FINALS of the FAI Youth Cup beckon for Arklow Town after the Bridgewater Centre Park side's 1-0 home victory over Salthill Devon on Saturday.
It was a case of old rivalries being renewed at the Arklow venue though; with the two having met in the All-Ireland semifinals four years ago, and on that occasion the Galway side picked up a 2-1 win.
Revenge proved sweet for Brian Byrne's young charges though as they bossed their Connacht opponents from start to finish.
In the first half, Adam Hanlon caused plenty of problems for the visitors. He was unlucky not to score with a 15th minute header and then on 33 minutes, the winger led two Devon defenders on a merry dance before blasting a left-footed shot that the goalkeeper parried. Clive Crammond was first to the rebound but his effort crashed back off the post.
Hanlon continued to torment Salthill after the break and he could have broken the deadlock when sent through on goal by Ciarán Byrne but he fired narrowly wide.
Clive Crammond was denied by the crossbar in the 70th minute after he followed-up a Dara Verney shot that rebounded into his path.
Then, in the 88th minute, Arklow finally struck. Hanlon's corner-kick was met firmly by centre half Paul Rice. His effort was cleared to the edge of the box, where Dara Verney - who withdrew from a class trip to Edinburgh to play in the game - smashed home a superb volley to send his side into the last eight.
Town will now Killarney Celtic, 2-5 winners over Shamrock Rovers U-18's on Sunday, in the quarter-final.