Five-star Glens make it fourth time lucky with U-11 Cup win
HAVING suffered three cup final defeats over different ages the previous weekend, Glenmuir Utd got their hands on a cup at the final attempt when their under 11's secured the silverware with a forceful performance in Bellew Park last Wednesday evening.
For the side managed by Joe Weir it was back to back cup wins and made up for the disappointment of surrendering the league title to Quay Celtic who they defeated in the semi final, following a dramatic victory in sudden death penalties with man of the match goalkeeper James O'Connell taking the decisive spotkick.
For his reward the goalkeeper captained the blues and lifted the cup which was presented by Dundalk Schoolboys League chairman Gerry Gover.
Glenmuir settled into the match much quicker than Bay United who had beaten a very strong New Generation in their semi final and they took the lead early when Niall O'Callaghan swung in a free kick from the left wing which evaded everyone to find the net.
Shortly afterwards, Liam McStravick doubled their lead when he got on the end of a corner.
The occasion and their concession of two goals seemed to affect Bay's confidence as they never reached the level of performance from their semi final or their previous encounters against Glenmuir in the league.
Just before half time, Glenmuir's midfield general O'Callaghan netted his second to give them a convincing and deserved 3-0 lead at the break.
The game really finished as a contest shortly after the break when winger Samuel scored from close range while Niall O'Callaghan capped a terrific season with his third goal of the game.
Glenmuir were able to rotate their side thereafter giving their squad a runout and they continued to hold the upper hand though Bay did score a deserved consolation goal when Enoch Elewa broke clear on the right wing and shot low across goal to the far corner.
Aaron Dunlop was again strong in the heart of the Glenmuir defence while the midfield trio of Niall O'Callaghan, Liam McStravick and Kyle Connolly were tireless in their running, competitiveness and skill.
Glenmuir: James O'Connell, Cian Mulligan, Aaron Dunlop, Nathan Hearty, David Weir, Liam McStravick, Leon Browne, Niall O'Callaghan, Kyle Connolly, Niall Kilgallen, Andrew Cummins, Cormac Ryan, Tom Watkins, Robbie Ryan, Samuel Adekola.
Bay Utd: Jack Stephenson, Tiernan Nash, Colin Ekidigwa, Ronnick Achums, Tyler Chiduza, Caolan Lindsey, Patrick Mashyk, Enoch Elewa, Leerim Marius Karalius, Solomon Olamijuon, Dillon Conophy, Brian Duncan, Luke Markey, kelly Okobi, Jethrow Fuhrman.