A solitary strike, early in the second half, from Tomiwa Badun was enough for Muirhevnamor to cliam the U15 Fastfix Cup against Bellurgan United in the final Dundalk Schoolboys League game of the 2011/2012 campaign.
Having clinched the U15 Premier League title only the previous week, Bellurgan Utd went to Bellew Park last Saturday looking to clinch the double but it was ecstasy for underdogs Muirhevnamor as they brought the cup back to Muirhevnamor.
These two teams know each other well having played in a three round league in the season just finished. Bellurgan beat Muirhevnamor on all three occasions and were hot favourites going into the match but the magic of the cup once again left league form behind.
The Muirhevnamor players showed huge committment, effort and a tremendous hunger and they got their reward.
Right from the kick off Muirhevnamor pressed in search of a lead goal and Sean Murphy’s early cross was sent narrowly wide by Tomiwa Badun.
The tall Muirhevnamor player caused no end of problems as the lone striker with his strength and pace and was a a constant threat every time the ball was played to him.
Bellurgan strikers Dylan O’Hanlon and Mark McCabe also looked lively early in the game but their threat faded as the game progressed.
McCabe’s brilliant through ball in the 16th minute set up O’Hanlon and he fired just wide of the post and on 23 minutes O’Hanlon returned the compilment and set up McCabe but he delayed too long and the chance was gone.
Muirhevnamor won a free on the outskirts of the Bellurgan penalty area on 25 minutes and Ira Lawlors’ effort was heading for the bottom corner but Bellurgan ‘keeper Sean McGeough did well to get down and push it away for a corner.
Both sides threatened early in the second half and Muirhevnamor ‘keeper Cormac McCartney produced a double save after three minutes. First he denied a fierce shot from Mark McCabe and he reacted quickly to save the rebound from Aaron McDonald.
A long ball out of defence from Muirhevnamor’s Caomhin Jemison on six minutes was chased by Tomiwa Badun who just failed to hit the target but Badun soon made amends on 12 minutes when he followed up to score from close range after Gino Cooney’s stinging effort was parried by Sean McGeough to put Muirhevnamor 1-0 in front.
Badun could have scored a second goal four minutes later after Aaron Boyle pounced on a careless pass in the Bellurgan defence and Boyle spotted the unmarked Badun but Sean McGeough produced a good save to deny the Muirhevnamor striker.
James Renaghan tried to weave his way through the Muirhevnamor defence on 22 minutes but he was denied by a tremendous block from Shay McArdle.
While Bellurgan did create chances they never really tested the Muirhevnamor ‘keeper after that.
Shay McArdle and Leon Mulligan defended well for the Muirhevnamor side as Bellurgan piled on the pressure in the closing stages but it was Muirhevnamor’s day and they deservedly held on to win the cup.
Muirhevnamor U15: Cormac McCartney, Rhys Shields, Ethan O’Hanlon, Leon Mulligan, Shay McArdle, Craig Thornton, Gino Cooney, Sean Murphy, Ira Lawlor, Aaron Boyle, Tomiwa Boyle, David Egan, Desmond Ani, Blake Cumiskey, Mark Gill, Caomhin Jemison.
Bellurgan United U15: Sean McGeough, Stephen Finnegan, Neil Murphy, Stephen Coleman, Shane McCaughey, James Renaghan, Jordan Loye, Daniel Rice, Dylan O’Hanlon, Mark McCabe, Emmet Rogan, Aaron McDonald, Sean Matthews, Josh Durnin.