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Donacarney Celtic U16s celebrate their victory in the Ken McKay Cup decider, completing a famous double after landing the NDSL Premier Division title a couple of weeks previously.

Donacarney Celtic U16s celebrate their victory in the Ken McKay Cup decider, completing a famous double after landing the NDSL Premier Division title a couple of weeks previously.

Donacarney Celtic U16s celebrate their victory in the Ken McKay Cup decider, completing a famous double after landing the NDSL Premier Division title a couple of weeks previously.

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DONACARNEY Celtic’s U16 Premier side won the Ken McKay Cup Final in fine style at the Oscar Traynor Centre on Saturday to complete a fantastic League and Cup double.

The east Meath side started brightly, creating several opportunities, but were unable to convert their early chances against a resolute Artane side.

Donacarney continued to play their passing game and the breakthrough finally came on the half-hour mark when Finn Coomber clinically converted a through-ball from Alex Wade.

Coomber nabbed his second four minutes later, giving the artane keeper no chance with a low finish after being set up by Naoise Maguire.

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The Meath boys made it three just before half-time, with Dylan Fetherston overlapping on the left and his cross finding the feet of Luke Walsh who calmly slotted home.

Goal four came on 51 minutes when Walsh and Coomber combined on the right-hand side for the latter to whip in a fine cross which Wade deftly headed past the keeper.

The fifth and sixth goals were almost identical. Pinpoint corners from the left-hand side from Coomber on 63 minutes and captain Conor Brennan on 72 were both powerfully headed into the net by Fetherston, who later picked up the Man of the Match award.

The seventh and final goal just before the final whistle summed up this excellent Donacarney team, as a flowing move culminated with Jack Martin cutting in from the right-hand side and combining with Cathal Phelan whose cutback was swept into the bottom corner by Brennan.

This was a fantastic team performance, with all 17 players playing a huge part on the day and throughout the season.

This magnificent team had wrapped up their league campaign two weeks previously with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Glebe North, meaning that they won every game on the way to securing the Under-16 NDSL Premier Division title.

The players now take a well-deserved break before commencing pre-season training in August.

DONACARNEY CELTIC: Maciek Bartusiak, Louis Birdwisa, Shaun Bolger, Conor Brennan, Finn Coomber, Oisin Corcoran, Dylan Fetherston, Dillon Giles, Naoise Maguire, Jack Martin, Josh McCardle, Noah Murphy, Cathal Phelan, Carl McGuinness Ruiz, Ben Russell, Alex Wade, Luke Walsh.


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