Battling Balbriggan boys come up just short in cup
AN early Clonee goal proved too much for Glebe to overcome as they lost to out in a very competitive and skilful Under-9 Carlton Cup Final at the Oscar Traynor centre on Saturday.
All the early pressure was coming from Clonee, but Harry Hughes and Druhan Knight were both doing well in defence and when an early free for Clonee was chipped into the box, Knight used his height well to head behind for a corner.
With four minutes on the clock Clonee took the lead, however, when they worked the ball into the box, the Glebe defence failed to clear and a high shot left Lekan Oguntoyinro with no chance in between the sticks.
Philip Goumka was the main attacking threat for Glebe, and although the forward was constantly dropping back to midfield to gain possession and make a break forward he was constantly isolated. He almost levelled matters on eight minutes, but not for the only time,when the United keeper saved his shot.
Jade Anthony and Goumka combined well in the Clonee box and the latter pulled the ball back to Harry Hughes whose shot was saved.
Glebe were coming a lot more into the game and Druhan Knight was very adept at delivering balls into the box, and from a free wide on the right he lifted a pass which was flicked on to Hughes, but his first time shot was well saved by the United keeper.
The best chance for Glebe came on 15 minutes when Raymond Omoshowan broke through from midfield and poked the ball into the path of Goumka who was right in front of goal, but he hit the shot with the outside of his boot and flicked it wide.
Glebe were unlucky to go in at the break behind, but the introduction of Oguntoyinro in the forward position gave the Balbriggan side a bit more of a physical presence up top, while Bola Osusanya and Luka Kresojevic were both steadfast in defence, dealing with any Clonee breaks.
If Glebe were going to score then it appeared as though Goumka was their best chance for a goal and he had the ball taken off his foot inside the box with 10 minutes to go.
Clonee had one midfielder who was breaking up Glebe attacks and getting in dangerous positions, but the defence held firm and weren't cut open like they were for the only goal of the game.
Wayne Whitehouse was in goal for the second half and when Osusanya missed a ball over the top the keeper was quick to react.
Glebe almost levelled right at the death when Goumka made a mazy run into the box, but as he was about to shoot Oguntoyinro came across to also try and score and as the two players got in each other's way the ball trickled behind harmlessly.
Glebe North: Lekan Oguntoyinro, Wayne Whitehouse, Bola Osusanya, Luka Kresojevic, Harry Hughes, Yousef Eyob, Druhan Knight, Philip Goumka, Raymond Omoshowan, Jade Anthony, Nathan Casserly.