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Wolfe bite back to take U14 title

WOLFE TONE YOUTH CLUB C ...........................4

ARDMORE ROVERS...................................... 2

(AFTER EXTRA-TIME)

Wolfe Tone staged a remarkable recovery to claim the WDSL U14 Division 2 Shield.

In the all-Bray affair at the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park on Thursday May 2, Ardmore raced into a two-goal lead.

They went in front 20 minutes in after Leon Lewis nabbed the ball from the diving Youth Club goalkeeper Paul Ashworth's hands and put the ball in the net.

The turning point came 10 minutes after the interval. Lewis bore down on goal and Ashworth dived at his feet. Referee Seamus Ferguson showed the red card on the advice of his assistant.

Midfielder Oisin Doyle took over between the posts and saved Lewis' penalty.

With 12 minutes remaining, Wolfe Tone drew level courtesy of a Gordon Bradley free-kick which flew into the top corner.

Four minutes into the first period of extra-time, Club striker Joe Bradley judged the bounce of the ball better than the Ardmore 'keeper and looped a header into the net.

But Rovers equalised five minutes later when Lewis went on a mazy run down the right wing before bagging his second.

The second half of extra-time had just begun when Wolfe Tone's Craig Mason lofted a shot which dropped into the net.

The 10 players completed their comeback two minutes from the final whistle as Bradley scored with a bullet header.

ARKLOW TOWN A .......................................1

ARKLOW UNITED A....................................... 0

Playing a year above their natural age group, Town edged out local rivals United to take the WDSL U14 Premier Division Shield.

Town had won 4-3 in the Shield group stages back in October 2012, while United had secured all three Premier Division League points (1-0) at Bridgewater.

The all-important goal arrived with just 15 minutes of normal time remaining at Allen Park in Aughrim on Sunday, April 28.

Two substitutes combined as a fantastic diagonal ball, played by Finn Fortune, released Matthew Dempsey to strike the winner, despite the best effort of United 'keeper Tiernan Murray to keep it out.

United were awarded a free-kick in the last minute of normal time. Ciaran O'Shea's dead ball wasn't held by Tom Murphy, but the Chelsea-scouted custodian managed to clear the danger off the loose ball.

The Black and White's missed a chance to go ahead in the first half but, when Tom Somers was fouled in the box on 12 minutes, Liam Coleman dragged his spot-kick wide.

Town were also denied in the second half when sub Conor Breslin's effort hit the post.

Both teams may clash again in the Cup if Town get the better of Wolfe Tone Youth Club A in the semi-finals.

paul dowling


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