Fee in fly­ing form as Round­wood re­joice!

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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

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