Friday 23 February 2018

Lehane clinches title for Cork

ROBERT Lehane's 80th-minute header secured Cork City the Enda McGuill Cup (U-19) as they beat Dundalk 3-2 in yesterday's cracking final at Oriel Park.

Dundalk got a dream start after just three minutes when Michael Osobe lashed home with a first-time volley after Glen Trainor's cross was only half-cleared.

The visitors deservedly drew level in the 19th minute when man of the match Gary Buckley smashed an exquisite 25-yard half-volley into the top right-hand corner.

They went in front after 35 minutes when centre-back Eoghan Murphy was given acres of space to plant a free header past the helpless 'keeper before Dundalk levelled on the stroke of half-time when Bob McKenna fired home for his 30th goal of the campaign.

Lehane popped up with the crucial strike to put the Leesiders in the driving seat; Dundalk should have forced extra-time in the 94th minute, but Chris Reilly headed over with the goal at his mercy.

DUNDALK U-19 -- Farrelly; Trainor (McDonald 88), Thomas, Byrne, McLaughlin; Martin (Brady 90), Keena, Osobe (McSorley 84), Leavy; McKenna, Reilly.

CORK CITY U- 19 -- Browne; Joyce, Murphy Carroll, Forde; McCarthy, Kavanagh (O'Connell 75), Buckley, Kenny; Morrissey (Collins 82), Lehane.

REF -- A Reile (Dublin).

Murphy's tractor days may be over

IPSWICH manager Paul Jewell doesn't believe he can afford to bring Irishman Daryl Murphy back to Portman Road next year.

The Waterford man is on loan from Celtic, and has a year remaining on his deal in Scotland after his loan stint with the Championship club.

Jewell is doubtful that the finances are there to bring the striker back, given that his primary employers will be looking for cash to make it permanent.

"I spoke to him and his agent a few times and we would have liked to have kept him," said Jewell.

"We are grateful to Celtic for letting him come here but I think if we wanted to bring him here next season they would want a fee and you can understand that.

"He's on decent wages as well. It's a deal that is out of our price range."

FAI confirm

U-21 friendlies

THE FAI have confirmed the times and dates for the forthcoming U-21 internationals, with Noel King's team building up towards an important European Championship qualifier with Italy.

On Monday, May 28, they will take on Denmark in a friendly match at Tallaght Stadium with a 7.30 kick-off.

Then, on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4, Italy will visit the Showgrounds in Sligo for a 3.0 kick-off.

King's charges have enjoyed good support in the West, and will be hoping for a bumper crowd.

New recruit from the New York Red Bulls, Ryan Meara, will be named in the squad which will be formally announced next week.

Irish Independent

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