A magnificent late fightback breaks Avonmore hearts
ROUNDWOOD won the WDSL Under-12 B Plate final after a magnificent comeback against Avonmore at the Vartry Grounds last Saturday morning; three goals in the last ten minutes breaking Rathdrum hearts.
With both sides showing excellent skills, it was always an open contest. In the early stages Roundwood winger Eoin Meagher looked dangerous with his silky skills leading to two shots on target that keeper Darcy Santos dealt with.
Amazingly, it took 24 minutes to open the scoring but what a goal it was. Meagher collected the ball on the left wing. His low centre of gravity and skill to drop the shoulder twice to round two defenders like they were not even there was a joy to witness before he showed class to toe poke under Santos in the goal.
Avonmore were level within three minutes. Turlough Devitt rampaged down the wing and his cross was met by Talon Byrne whose shot was excellently saved by keeper Cian Power however Jason Noodoo reacted fastest to knock in the rebound. That’s how the first half ended.
Six minutes into the second half Avonmore had the lead. A booming Santos kick out was nodded on by Talon Byrne into Noodoo’s path and the striker made no mistake to bury past keeper Power.
With chances coming and going for both sides it appeared that Avonmore landed the killer blow with 15 minutes left.
A towering Santos clearance saw Sean Kennedy beat the keeper to the ball and his shot nudged in off the post.
The final ten minutes was amazing in its excitement.
The fight back started when a Brian Medleycott free-kick was scrambled home by Cillian Byrne.
With six minutes to go we were level. Jack Leacy got in on goal and from an incredibly tight angle the striker found a way past Santos.
In injury time Roundwood got themselves in front. After great battling by Meagher the ball found itself to Leacy his low drive at goal was met by Meagher who deflected the ball past Santos for a tremendous comeback victory.
Avonmore had great performers in Jason Noodoo and Tyler Byrne. Special word to centre back Naoise Wheeler who was tremendous throughout and was desperately unlucky to be on the
Roundwood celebrate their dramatic victory.
Cillian Byrne, who scored the second goal for Roundwood, with his parents Martin and Karen.
Aaron Walsh and Jack Leacy try to contain Turlough Devvitt of Avonmore.