Dundalk Youths boss Alan Browne praised his side for a “big result” which saw his side overcome Crumlin United to stay on top of the DDSL U18 Super League..
A second half strike from Padraig McGowan proved to to be the difference between the sides at Oriel Park on Sunday.
“It is a big result for us to stay top of the table so we are really happy with that win,” said Browne. “Crumlin are a hard team to play against but I think we were comfortable in the end and we had plenty of chances throughout the game.
“We probably should have scored a couple more towards the end but we kept a clean sheet which is a big bonus for us.”
His side did create plenty throughout with McGowan squandering the first real opportunity in the first half when he failed to finish after being slipped through by Aaron Boyle.
With Frank Osadebe marauding down the right any chance he got, chances were always going to be created and another was passed up when his cross just skimmed past McGowan.
With Anton Reilly and Conor McCoy sweeping up everything that came near them at the back, the Lilywhites rarely looked in danger of conceding and they took a deserved lead after half time when McGowan put the finishing touch to a flowing team move by shimmying on to his right foot and then sliding the ball into the back of the net.
McGowan was again involved as they came close to adding to their tally when his corner found Boyle whose connection was sweet.
Unfortunately, the ball cannoned back off the crossbar and clear but it would not have any great bearing on the outcome as the Youths picked up three key points.
Browne reflected on an important win further, saying: “Crumlin are one of the teams with games in hand on us and they beat us up there when we were missing some players so I’m happy with getting the win, having a full strength team back to do it with too.
“I hope we can now repeat that sort of performance going forward and keep the momentum going for our next game in the cup.”
DUNDALK YOUTHS: Conor Callan, Frank Osadebe, Anton Reilly, Conor McCoy, Calvin Murphy, James Renaghan, Vlad Evseev, Cody Magill, Padraig McGowan, Aaron Boyle, Cormac Boyle.