Shamrocks storm to more silverware as U12s win Premier Division title in some style
Dundalk Schoolboys League U12 Premier Division
Shamrocks 4–0 Muirhevnamor
A week after their U15s won the Division One title, the Shamrocks U12 side added the Dundalk Schoolboys League Premier Division crown to the club’s trophy cabinet with a 4–0 win over Muirhevnamor in Fatima on Wednesday night.
Brian O’Shaughnessy and Leslie Callan’s side went into the game knowing that only a win would be good enough to see them overtake Glenmuir United at the summit and they got the three points they needed with a powerful display.
Facing a Muirhevnamor side short a number of regulars, the hosts dominated from start to finish with the excellent Cathal Corcoran forcing Brooklyn Kenna into the first save of the night with a crisp left-footed drive early on.
Sean Browne saw a long-range free-kick cause confusion in the Mór backline before drifting wide and Corcoran then cut back onto his right foot and let fly with a superb effort that was matched by an even better stop from Kenna.
Shamrocks continued to knock at the door and Camryn Moston did well to divert a Fionn Dines header off his line before the opening goal arrived in fortuitous fashion when Dines’s long punt forward bounced over the head of Kenna and sent the home crowd wild.
The hosts went in search of a second and it duly arrived before the break. Aodhán Kirk’s deflected effort was tipped over the bar by Kenna and when Muirhevnamor failed to clear the corner that followed, Corcoran arrived at the back post to sweep the ball home.
With the title within reach, Shamrocks showed no sign of letting up after the break and Kirk and Corcoran were both denied in quick succession by the impressive Kenna.
The visitors had a rare sighting of goal when Pairic Lee let fly with a good attempt that Alex McArdle did well to deal with but Shamrocks upped it again and Kirk was denied a second by the upright before Dines flashed another attempt just wide of the post.
Corcoran rounded Kenna only to see his shot crash off the woodwork but the third goal finally arrived when Corcoran’s ball across the face of goal was cleared by Dilans Klavins only for it to to take a deflection off Jack O’Shaughnessy and cross the line.
Dines was denied a wonder goal after jinking his way past a number of blue shirts only to see his goal bound drive hit the bottom of the post. The champions would not be denied a fourth, however, and Corcoran put the icing on the cake when he raced onto a Sean Browne free to lash a clinical drive past Kenna.
Muirhevnamor, to their credit, never ever dropped the heads and they were denied a late consolation when Kyran Magee’s dipping free-kick crashed against the bar in the dying stages but the night belonged to the boys from Fatima and the final whistle signalled huge celebrations at Pairc Eoin Baiste for a second week in succession.
SHAMROCKS: Alex McArdle, Sean Browne, Craoimhin McGahon, Mark McEnteggart, James Corcoran, Fionn Dines, Jack O’Shaughnessy, Farouq Ibrahim, Cathal Corcoran, Aodhan Kirk, Rhys O’Hare.