Ver­ney hits late win­ner to send Ark­low into last eight

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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