Round­wood see off gal­lant New­town side

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and were do­ing well for the most part but Round­wood looked the more dan­ger­ous of the two sides with Dar­ragh Fee strik­ing the cross­bar af­ter 10 min­utes.

Round­wood’s Reece Scott brought the best out of Kyle Gailz in the New­town goal af­ter 14 min­utes but New­town were ask­ing their own ques­tions when Ryan Smil­lie and Alex Kelly com­bined but Kelly’s shot was blocked su­perbly by Kyle Gra­ham.

New­town then lev­elled mat­ters when an An­drew McMa­hon cor­ner was fin­ished to the back of the Round­wood net by a Round­wood de­fender af­ter 20 min­utes but this was as good as it got for the New­town side.

Five min­utes later Kyle Gra­ham headed home to make it 2-1 and on the stroke of half-time New­town suf­fered the killer blow when Jor­dan Brady was picked out by an ex­cel­lent Kyle Gra­ham free-kick and Brady fin­ished with aplomb.

It didn’t take long for Round­wood to build on their 3-1 lead af­ter the restart. 120 sec­onds in and Jor­dan Brady un­leashed a screamer to the back of the New­town net.

There’s very lit­tle a team can do when their op­po­nents are on a roll like Round­wood were on in the sec­ond half of this game and fur­ther goals from Kyle Gra­ham, from a free af­ter 18 min­utes of the sec­ond half, and Bobby Brady close to the end, gave Round­wood a fully de­served vic­tory on the day.

Round­wood: 1. Dy­lan Cum­mins, 2. Roan Hayes, 3. Jamie Lambe, 4. Marc Walsh, 5. Kyle Gra­ham, 6. Dale Brady, 7. Bobby Brady, 8. Jor­dan Brady, 9. Dar­ragh Fee, 10. Reece Scott, 11. Ben Han­way. Subs: 12. Niall Byrne, 13. Luke Kenny, 14. Kian Brady, 15. Kian John­son. Man­ager: Ja­son Walsh.

New­town: 1. Kyle Taite, 2. Ciáran Man­gan, 3. Seán Dou­glas, 4. Conor Ka­vanagh, 5. Stephen Do­ran, 6. Ross Quinn, 7. Josh Od­lum, 8. Alex Kelly, 9. Ryan Smil­lie, 10. An­drew Wa­ters, 11. An­drew McMa­hon. Subs: 12. Ryan Lotts, 13. Luke Syn­nott, 14. Ben Ryan. A spe­cial word must be of­fered to the or­gan­is­ers of the WDSL fi­nals week­end in Wood­lands in Grey­stones.

Or­gan­is­ers who put their time and ef­forts into mak­ing these events hap­pen and run smoothly rarely get the thanks they de­serve but the team of Peter Porter, Fran Copeland, Brian Ka­vanagh, Mary Browne, Joanne Browne, and Jimmy Hack­ett should be praised af­ter this two-day soc­cer ex­trav­a­ganza.

The weather helped, that’s for sure, and they com­mit­tee prob­a­bly can’t take any credit for that, but they can take credit for the smooth run­ning of the event, the ease at which the medal pre­sen­ta­tions took place af­ter each ti­tle was de­cided, the perks on the day like the bar­be­cue, and the gen­eral good feel­ing that per­vaded at the Grey­stones venue.

An­other word of thanks to the ref­er­ees who, for the most part, had a fairly un­com­pli­cated two days of of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Thanks to the men in black, the event ran off very well with only one or two neg­a­tives aris­ing from the event.

It’s easy to knock those who put these events and those who run soc­cer leagues and GAA leagues and com­mi­tees and county boards but they do de­serve praise ev­ery now and again!

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