U14 SFAI National Cup Semi-Final
Mallow United 1 – 3 St. Kevins Boys
The Town Park in Mallow came alive last Saturday afternoon as Mallow United hosted St. Kevins Boys in the semi-final of the U14 National Cup. In a fixture that included 7 members of the Irish U15 International squad, with 2 of those in the Mallow team, the quality of football on show did not disappoint. The people of Mallow turned out in great numbers, colour and voice and got behind the local boys creating a great atmosphere at the riverside venue. It was another great performance by Mallow but it wasn’t to be their day, coming out the wrong end of a 3-1 result.
The first half was a balanced affair in terms of possession and opportunities however it was St. Kevins who got the edge on the score sheet when a well placed header was turned home from a corner to put the visitors 1 – 0 ahead after 11 minutes. Mallow increased the pressure on the St. Kevins goal as the half progressed but Calum Carroll and Ciarán O’Sullivan couldn’t capitalise on the opportunities they created. As the game entered the second half St.Kevins began to gain the upper hand and midway through they clinched a second goal. Mallow however did not roll over, and they soon began to gain control of possession and finding openings in the St. Kevins defence. Mallows efforts were rewarded when they got back into the game with Kennedy Amechi finishing after excellent work from Ben Creedon and Ciarán O’Sullivan on the left wing. Mallow continued to push in search of the equaliser however it was St. Kevins who had the final say as they netted a third in the final minutes.
The result means that Mallow boys exit the National Cup at the semi-final stage however they will so with their heads held high. Despite the result, this was proud day for Mallow United who showed that they can put it up to St. Kevins Boys who are a dominant force in underage soccer in Ireland. Mallow United would like to say well done to the players and coaches Derek Fortune and Prince Amechi on their achievement and thanks to all who came along to support the boys on the day. Thanks also to Dairygold who made their parking facilities at West End available to the club for the game.
Mallow Squad: Arthur Osinski, Ben Creedon, Shane O’Connell, Donncadh O’Doherty, Daniel Ryan, Pa O’Grady, Alex O’Leary, Evan Magner, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Kennedy Amechi, Callum Carroll, Paul Griffin, Leon Doody, John Adedji, Janek Pelechacz, Joe Power, Ben Buckley
Town Park, Mallow