Dominos Pizza U17 League Cup Final
Killarney Athletic 4
Ballyheigue Athletic 0
KILLARNEY Athletic came into this game as warm favourites and while they won comfortably at the end they were made fight hard all the way by an industrious Ballyheigue side. Athletic were in control at midfield from the very outset with Danny Healy calling the shots keeping the ball on the deck and adapting a fluent passing game.
Ballyheigue are a strong physical side that made their opponents work hard and their main threat came from corners or free kicks situations. Athletic had all the early pressure but despite forcing a few corners they were unable to test the Ballyheigue goalie.
However they went ahead after 23 minutes when Danny Healy split open the Ballyheigue defence with a great over the top ball and Chris O'Meara got to the ball before the advancing Ballyheigue goalie Darren Burns and turned it past him with ease. Ballyheigue then forced a couple of corner kicks and they had a good chance with one of them but Jack Healy just could not keep his header low enough to bother the Killarney goalie.
The Ballyheigue goalie was called into action in the 38th minute when he done well to tip over a vicious shot from Danny Healy from just outside the box and he made another vital block to deny David Sheerin. Three minutes from the break Killarney were very unlucky when a Danny Healy's shot came back off the crossbar with the Ballyheigue goalie stranded. At 1-0 at half time Ballyheigue were still well in the game but they needed to try and provide more of the ball to their attackers.
They changed their tactics at the start of the second half by bringing out their goalkeeper Darren Burns and playing him as striker and putting centre-half Brian O'Riordan in goals. Three minute into the second half Ballyheigue put a good move together and Darren Burns got through the Killarney defence but with colleagues in support he took the wrong option and his weak shot did not bother the Killarney goalie.
Killarney Athletic then brought on Adam O'Shea and he went on to have a significant influence on the game. In the 64th minute he was most unlucky after a 50 metre run he was denied by the post. Five minutes later he was in again and when his shot was spilled by the Ballyheigue goalie, David Sheerin was following up and finished the job.
Six minutes later it was game set and match when O'Shea was again the provider for Chris O'Meara and he finished to the net from close range.
Coming up to the finish O'Shea again done the spadework to create a chance for sub Dylan Trant and he duly obliged.
KILLARNEY ATHLETIC: John O Leary, Shane Lyne, Alan Daly, Owen O'Meare, Cillian Regan, Danny Healy, Aidan Mulvaney, David Naughton, Mark O'Shea, David Sheerin, Chris O'Meara. Subs: Adam O'Shea for David Naughton, Leo O Donoghue for Mark O'Shea, Dylan Trant for David Sherrin
BALLYHEIGUE ATHLETIC: Darren Burns, Mike Leen, Brian O'Riordan, Jack Healy, Shane Nolan, Pa McElligott, Fionn Kavanagh, Sean Porter, Robert Craske, JJ Lee, Mathew McCroahan. Subs: Daniel Collins for Sean Porter, Jerry O Halloran for Robert Craske, Aaron James for Mathew Mc Croahan.
REFEREE: Kevin Cunningham.