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Arklow Town......................... 0

Belvedere FC.......................... 8

A quite brilliant team performance saw Belvedere advance to the final of the Under 15 SFAI Evans Cup.

Leading 3-0 at half time last Saturday at Bridgewater Centre Park, the Dubliner's proved too good for a brave Arklow side in the semi final encounter.

It sets up an all DDSL decider later this month with rivals Cherry Orchard who'd already overcame Mount Merrion 4-0 in the other semi-final.

With Arklow having flown the Heatons/Sportsworld WDSL flag with pride, it also means that like their own club, Wolfe Tone Youth and Wicklow Rovers in previous years, no Garden County based club has still reached a National Cup 11-a-side final having made it into the last four.

And ironically, they were outdone by a number of Wicklow born players.

With Bray native Lee Brandon keeping a clean sheet for the visitors, fellow Bray teenager Pierce Sweeney and Enniskerry resident Ross Taylor scored in the convincing win while Gary Crosby from Greystones made a second half appearance.

Sweeney claimed the pick of the bunch in the 64th minute with a stunning 25-yard dipping shot that went off the underside of the cross-bar for his side's seventh of the game.

Taylor finished it all off with the eighth in the 71st minute. Fed by Dermot Louthe, he jinked past a defender and slotted low past Cian Ryan.

Belvedere has broken the dead-lock after just 66 seconds.

Louthe fed the breaking Adam Evans who struck a reverse shot on the run low across Ryan.

Arklow should have equalised soon after. But the unmarked Jordan Forde volleyed over when meeting Ryan Byrne's free-kick.

The 'Town then gifted their opposition two goals right before half time. Down to ten men with Ciaran Burke off the field injured receiving treatment, Kealan Dillon's effort was parried and Darragh Lenihan converted the rebound in the 35th minute.

Just over a minute later, two home players left the ball in the box to each other. Evans nipped in, rode a tackle and bundled the ball over the line.

The second half was just three minutes old when Louthe rose to head in Dillon's corner.

With no less then eight Republic of Ireland internationals in their squad, the Dubliner's turned on the style after that.

Darren O'Donoghue cleverly lobbd in the fifth from 20 yards in the

45th minute while Louthe smashed in a fine low 22-yard drive in the 55th minute.

Arklow Town: Cian Ryan; Cormac Breslin, Ciaran Burke, Jonathan Delahunt, Ryan Byrne; Jordan Forde, Aidan O'Callaghan, Padraig Kelleher, Sean Hurley; James Sheehan, Shane Walker. Subs: Dean Doyle (for Hurley half time), Kevin Kennedy (for O'Callaghan 50 mins), Aaron Ward (for Walker 56 mins), Kevin Russell

(for Sheehan 68 mins), JJ Maghery (not used).

Belvedere FC: Lee Brandon; Eoin Hyland, Ryan Matthews, Sean Kavanagh; Darragh Lenihan, Darren O'Donoghue, John McKeown, Dermot Louthe, Adam Evans, Kealan Dillon. Subs: David Crosby (for Hyland), Ross Taylor (for Dillon) (both 46 mins), Robert Doyle (for Evans 56 mins), Roy King (for McKeown 60 mins).

Referee: Seamus Ferguson.

Assistants: Gerry Boland, Owen White (all

Wicklow ISRS).