Cup joy after Rathnew rout
Village side defeat Glens
RATHNEW secured their first silverware of the season at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon with an impressive 7-1 win over Glencormac to secure the Challenge Cup.
The game began with the Rathnew side dominating possession as had some early chances to open the scoring.
Their first opportunity came to Ryan O’Neill in the third minute who was played in with a great ball over the Glencormac defence, O’Neill’s effort on goal was rushed as his shot went over the bar.
Glencormac had a great chance of their own on the 17th minute when speedy winger Bradley Cullen made a great run down the left channel before squaring the ball right across the goal line, Cullen was trying to find Dean Bradshaw who was making a run into the penalty area but Bradshaw just couldn’t get there in time.
The Rathnew men kept pushing for the lead throughout the first 20 minutes of the game and finally found a way past the Glencormac defence on the 21st minute with a thunderbolt of a strike from striker Scott Devlin.
Devlin gained possession just past the halfway line before making a great dribbling run past two Glencormac midfielders, Devlin looked up and unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike right into the too corner.
Five minutes later Rathnew struck again this time Mark Hodgkinson finding the back of the net from inside the penalty area. Glencormac were struggling under the Rathnew pressure and conceded a third goal just before half time as William Moorehouse headed home a well-delivered corner to the back post.
Glencormac regrouped at half time and came out in the second half looking to get an early goal to get back into the game, Aaron Killick went close minutes into the second half but had his shot saved with an excellent save from Rathnew’s Josh O’Connor.
Rathnew quickly regained their confidence after finding the back of the net once again, this time Ethan Power getting in on the scoring act after he forced the ball into the net after a goal-line scramble gave him the opportunity to put his side 5-0 up on the 40th minute.
Striker Scott Devlin got his second of the game to make it 6-0 to his side when he was brilliantly set up by Adam Byrne who squared the ball across to Devlin to secure his brace.
Although Glencormac found themselves down by six goals early in the second half they did not drop their heads and kept on attacking looking for a goal.
They got their reward on the 55th minute when Dean Bradshaw found the back of the net after some great footwork from their hardworking attacker Bradley Cullen who managed beat three Rathnew defenders before assisting Bradshaw.
Unfortunately, it was only a consolation goal as Rathnew put the final two nails in the coffin to seal the win by scoring two before the final whistle.
Adam Byrne got the first with a wonderfully struck volley from inside the penalty area and the final goal came from midfielder Ethan Snell who found the back of the net in the last minute of the game.
Credit must be given to Glencormac who kept their composure throughout the game and didn’t give up despite the difference in the score line but it was an electric performance from Rathnew who dominated the final from start to finish and were worthy winners of the Challenge U15/U16s Cup.
The Rathnew team who won the Challenge Cup after beating Glencormac in the final in Celtic Park.
Rathnew’s Cillian McAilister fires a shot on goal during the Challenge Cup final against Glencormac.