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ST JOSEPH'S EAST WALL.................4

MALAHIDE UNITED .......................0

IT was a special and historic night at the Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre on Monday night last as the lights were officially turned on on their small-sided pitch.

And it was a special performance from St Joseph's East Wall who eased into the final of the Under 10 Lifestyle Sports Cup with a 4-0 win over a Malahide United side who despite being beaten never gave up and battled right to the end and for that deserve great credit.

Two goals either side of half time did the trick for what was an impressive display from St Joseph's. They played some delightful football, have some wonderful players and played at a pace which their opponents just couldn't live with on the night.

However, it must be said that there are a few divisions between the two teams. The East Wall side are currently second in the Under 10 Premier -- Malahide on the other hand are in Under 10B.

On the night while there could be no arguing about the result, Malahide should take pride from their performance as they played well, but St Joseph's were just too good.

Tormentors in chief were Jason Grouse and Johnny Aneme who proved a handful all night with their pace and skill. The East Wall side were on the attack from the off and were ahead after just three minutes in the most fortunate of circumstances.

Certainly luck wasn't on the side of Malahide. A clearance from one of their defenders looked destined for safety, but rebounded off the back of one of their other players, back onto the crossbar only for the ball to fall invitingly at the feet of Jake Donnelly who had the simplest of tap-ins.

Yet Malahide could've been level within two minutes as Conor Kelly battled his way into a good scoring position only to see his effort blocked.

But buoyed by that early goal, St Joseph's played with some great confidence in that opening half constantly looking to add to their tally. Good chances fell to Clayton Mulhall (twice), Daniel McLaughlin, Donnelly and Leon Griffin, but all saw their efforts blocked or just wide of the target.

Then in the 14th minute East Wall doubled their lead. Gavin Glennon had done well to save Griffin's shot with his feet, but McLaughlin reacted first to fire home from close range.

Yet United had a couple of half chances to pull one back before the interval. Kelly headed a Mark McFeely free kick just over, while skipper McFeely then saw a well struck goalbound free kick tipped over the top by Lee Early.


Grouse was then denied just after the restart as Glennon made another fine save, but ten minutes into the second half Grouse was celebrating as he was on the end of a lovely flowing move to shoot over Glennon and make it 3-0.

Kelly went close for United soon after, while at the other end Glennon made another fine save this time to deny Aneme.

Eight minutes from time East Wall put the icing on the cake with a fourth as Griffin latched on to a long kick-out to shoot low past the United 'keeper.

ow St Joseph's East Wall can look forward to a May Bank Holiday weekend Cup final, while no doubt Malahide will take pride from their efforts and enjoy better days ahead.

ST JOSEPH'S EAST WALL: Lee Early, Dean Roche, Jake Donnelly, Jason Grouse, Patrick Symes, Leon Griffin, Peter Symes, Clayton Mulhall, Daniel McLaughlin, Alan Fitzpatrick, Johnny Aneme, Craig McDonald.

MALAHIDE UNITED: Gavin Glennon, Adam Fitzpatrick, Sam Bannon, Mark McFeely (Captain), Jamie Bermingham, Bobby McCarthy, John Law, Jake McComish, Ciaran Lynch, Conor Smyth, Adam Gaynor, Conor Kelly.

Referee: Mark Connor.