Fee in flying form as Roundwood rejoice!
passed the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0.
Midway through the half, Roundwood went three up when Xander Johnson raced down the right and hit a low cross which found Enda Byrne who nipped in front of the goalkeeper, turned and chipped the ball into the net from an acute angle at the near post.
To their credit, the Arklow boys didn’t give up and got themselves a lifeline five minutes before the break when Keane O’Reilly smashed a shot from 30 yards out which skidded off the wet ground and into the net.
Mikey Murray almost got a second Arklow goal before the break but for a timely intervention by Cian Timmons ensuring the half-time score read Roundwood 3, Arklow Town 1.
Arklow started off the second-half on the front foot and they were back in the game when Callum Rawl scored their second goal after racing on to Jack Kavanagh’s defence splitting pass. Ten minutes later Arklow were almost level but Eoin Cleary made a vital save as he raced off his line to deny Murray’s goalbound shot.
An evenly contested second half meant that there was just one goal between the teams with six minutes remaining but then Roundwood hit a real purple patch as they scored three goals in two minutes.
Firstly, Niall Sheehan hit a cracking free kick from 30 yards for his second of the game before Fee raced on to Nathan Carey’s defensive clearance and coolly slotted the ball home. Immediately from the restart JP Nolan won the ball and again played in Fee, who completed his hat-trick with a fine finish.
In the final minute Fee scored his fourth of the day to cap his man of the match performance and ensure Roundwood captured the shield.
Roundwood’s injured team captain Kian Johnson collected the trophy on crutches along with vice-captain Ciaran Murphy. AVONMORE FC faced off against Dublin Oaks at a sun-soaked Roundwood on Saturday in the Under-15 Premier Shield final.
The game started with both teams attacking at every opportunity and both defences were holding strong until Dean Carter raced onto a through ball and despatched an exquisite lob over the on-rushing Ivan Mourino and into the Dublin Oaks net.
Oaks came out fighting and pressed Avonmore from all sides. Chances were few and far between for the rest of the half as the defenders held the upper hand, most notably the inspirational Luke Kearney at the heart of the Avonmore defence.
The first half finished 1-0 to Avonmore.
In the second half Oaks were beginning to enjoy most of the possession but Kearney, Craig Wall and Ryan Kenny were providing a stern blockade in front of the Rathdrum side’s goal.
Oaks’ pressure finally found a crack in the Avonmore defence when Wall felled Jorge Bueno in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
Jesus Lopez stepped up and struck a fine penalty low to Murray’s right. 1-1
Avonmore almost responded immediately but Carter’s shot skimmed the far post.
Oaks attacked from the kick-off and fashioned a wonderful two on one opportunity when Avonmore’s Kearney was left isolated with two Oaks strikers bearing down on the Avonmore goal.
Somehow, Kearney managed to tackle one, then the other striker and came away with the ball to set up an Avonmore attack.
In an end-to-end finale both teams hit the woodwork before a well-worked free kick by Oaks caused havoc in the Avonmore box but the ball was eventually scrambled clear.
Two minutes later Mark Cullen dribbled past a few defenders and was fouled in the box. Cullen recovered to take the penalty but Mourino stood firm and the second half finished 1-1.
Extra time saw a similar battle with chances being squandered at both ends until Dale Fluskey received the ball on the right wing and drove a long range shot to the back of the net.
Avonmore held out until late in the second period of extra time, when Oaks were awarded a penalty which was saved by the excellent Murray.
That was to be the last chance for Oaks and the final whistle signalled celebrations for Avonmore FC as they captured the coveted silverware.
Avonmore FC: 1. Aidan Murray, 2. Kev Kinsella, 3. Craig Wall, 4. Ryan Kenny, 5. Luke Kearney, 6. Liam Dickenson, 7. Andrew Draclato, 8. Dale Fluskey, 9. Dean Carter, 10. Mark Cullen, 11. Aynab Azmar, 12. Wayne Costello, 13. Dan Hagan, 14. Dan Duffy, 15. Cody Reid, 16. Conor Nolan, 17. Dan Morley.
Dublin Oaks: 1. Ivan Mourino, 2. Leonardo Davila, 3. Sebastian Marilon, 4. Mauricio Delgado, 5. Donalo Perce, 6. Joaquim Marjar, 7. Oscar Bastides, 8. Jesus Lopez, 9. Jorge Bueno. 10. Ignacio Escudo, 11. Vicente Lagrenes, 12. Luis Enrique Buengito, 13. Gerald Meria, 14. Nicolas Goudet, 15. Patricio Cuillan, 16. Jose Maria Outerall, 17. Pablo Barreda