Martin stars as Mag­pies soar!

New­town claim the Youth Cup

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At Sham­rock Park

NEW­TOWN UNITED made it dou­ble de­light Sun­day as they added the Youth De­vel­op­ment Cup to their Youth De­vel­op­ment League crown.

The Mag­pies even­tu­ally shaded Glen­view FC in an ex­hil­a­rat­ing clash in Sham­rock Park. Hav­ing fallen be­hind, Luke Martin scored ei­ther side of Steven Davis’ peach to give his side a 3-1 lead, the lat­est of his strikes com­ing with just 16 min­utes re­main­ing.

But Glen­view, wrongly re­duced to ten men in the 73rd minute, re­duced the ar­rears cour­tesy of Stephen Byrne to set up a thrilling cli­max but the Bray side fell just short in the end to al­low United to com­plete their dou­ble dream.

The two sides had also gone to war in the league cam­paign, draw­ing 2-2 in Bray in Fe­bru­ary, while New­town en­joyed a 7-4 suc­cess at the Matt Kelly Me­mo­rial Grounds on the league’s open­ing day.

And the early signs of this one showed that we were in for an­other treat. A third minute free kick caused prob­lems in the New­town de­fence – it was a touch away from go­ing in but Keith McCormack man­aged to get his hands to the ball. A scram­ble en­sued and Ibak Baky must’ve thought he’d bagged the opener, only for De­clan Doyle to save the day and turn it clear.

Some route one foot­ball lead to the Glens’ next chance. Square-shoul­dered striker Jamie Fitz­patrick got the nod-on to send Jamie Cromwell har­ing af­ter the ball. United ‘keeper McCormack won the race be­fore spilling it, but he re­cov­ered be­fore Cromwell could pounce.

Ross Doyle had the beat­ing of McCormack in the 19th minute though as he pipped him to the ball and nudged it past only for De­clan Doyle to some­how clear it from right un­der­neath the cross­bar.

Five min­utes later, Glen­view had a de­served lead. Af­ter Luke Martin had been flagged off­side by Mick Kennedy, Glens goal­keeper Nathan Mon­aghan thumped the ball up­field. The New­town de­fence were hes­i­tant but Ross Doyle wasn’t, tak­ing the ball down im­mac­u­lately be­fore neatly slot­ting home from 15 yards.

New­town’s re­ply was swift and deadly. Less than a minute later, Martin crashed a half-vol­ley off the cross­bar and then on 26 min­utes, he lev­elled.

The ball was worked to Steven Davis on the left-hand side of the area, he saw his shot stopped by the legs of Mon­aghan but Martin was ready and wait­ing to lash home the re­bound.

A sec­ond goal for United was in the off­ing. McCormack’s kick-out was headed back to his own goalie by a Glen­view de­fender but Mon­aghan was left short. David looked to pun­ish the er­ror but his lifted ef­fort didn’t find the tar­get.

Davis got his goal four min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val. Sean Od­lum jinked his way down the right flank and whipped in an out­stand­ing cross that left it on a plate for David. The striker did not dis­ap­point as he headed in at the near post.

With ten­sions high, a bit of hand­bags earned yel­low cards for Jamie McGrane and Ai­dan Carthy early in the sec­ond pe­riod and the sides could have been level a minute later.

Ross Doyle de­liv­ered a dan­ger­ous free kick and Danny Perry was crouched at the far post but couldn’t reach it, much to his dis­be­lief and frus­tra­tion.

Perry’s anger mul­ti­plied on 70 min­utes. Sean Od­lum was tear­ing through on the counter be­fore be­ing clipped by Glen O’Con­nor. Lines­man Paul Mur­phy flagged for the of­fence, and af­ter con­sult­ing his as­sis­tant, ref­eree Sea­mus Byrne showed a yel­low card to Perry in­stead of O’Con­nor.

And worse was to come for the de­fender. Af­ter be­ing bam­boo­zled by Martin in the box, he lunged in and caught the striker, leav­ing Byrne no op­tion but to award the penalty and a sec­ond yel­low.

Martin’s com­posed spot kick handed his side a com­mand­ing lead with just 16 to play. Be­fore that penalty, Od­lum had come ag­o­nis­ingly close to find­ing a third for the Mag­pies as his free kick thumped the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

A nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage didn’t kill off Glen­view, and they clawed a goal back seven min­utes from time when Byrne drove home via a de­flec­tion off Ai­dan Carthy.

New­town had a cou­ple of chances to kill off the tie but poor de­ci­sion mak­ing cost them as their counter at­tacks fiz­zled out. They were al­most made to pay when a hoof from the back was flicked on by Kevin Kane but Stephen Byrne couldn’t find the fin­ish that would have earned his side ex­tra time.

Top Form: Luke Martin (New­town United): Will be livid he couldn’t man­age a hat-trick.

Glen­view FC: 1. Nathan Mon­aghan, 2. Ibak Baky, 3. Glen O’Con­nor, 4. Danny Perry, 5. Michael Doyle, 6. Ross Doyle, 7. Jamie Cromwell, 8. Keith Kelly, 9. Stephen Byrne, 10. Jamie Fitz­patrick, 11. Jamie McGrane.

SUBS: Kevin Kane for Cromwell (37); Cil­lian Byrne for Fitz­patrick (77). Not used: Barry O’Brien.

New­town United: 1. Keith McCormack, 2. Mark O’Brien, 3. De­clan Doyle, 4. Ai­dan Carthy, 5. Robert Clark­son, 6. Evan Mo­ran, 7. Stu­art Syn­nott, 8. Ciaran Daly, 9. Luke Martin, 10. Steven Davis, 11. Sean Od­lum.

SUBS: Dil­lon Carthy for Daly (75); Dar­ragh Carthy for Od­lum (80); Dil­lon Keenan for O’Brien (80). Not used: Nathan Davis, Vin­cent McCann.

New­town Youth Cup and League win­ners cel­e­brate af­ter the fi­nal with Glen­view. Photo: Bar­bara Flynn.

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