Muirhevnamor went two points clear at the top of the U17 league with a well earned 4-1 win over Shamrocks on Saturday afternoon. The Fatima side had an off day but that should not take away from Muirhevnamor’s more determined and fine display. Muirhevnamor went in front in the 16th minute when Stephen Sharkey took control inside the Shamrocks penalty area and set up Rhys Shields who lobbed the advancing David Rogers in the Shamrocks goals.
A byline cross from Shane McCaughey caused havoc in the Muirhevnamor defence on 32 minutes and Shamrocks equalised after their next attack when Adris Akinade shrugged off the challenge of two defenders to slot past home keeper Conall Myles.
Gino Cooney’s tireless attacking and pressing play earned Muirhevnamor a second goal 11 minutes into the second-half.
Cooney won the ball high up the pitch before finding Sean Murphy who hit a powerful shot from 30-yards to the top corner of the Shamrocks net.
Deane Browne was unlucky not to level the scores soon after when his effort took a wicked deflection and bounced over the head of Conall Myles but came back off the crossbar.
Shamrocks were reduced to 10 players when Adris Akinade was shown a straight red for retaliation and Muirhevnamor took full advantage when Sean Murphy scored his second goal and the home side’s third in the 67th minute.
In the final minute Rhys Shields won the ball back inside the Shamrocks box and fed Stephen Sharkey who fired home with the help of the inside of the post to wrap up the scoring and the three points.
Muirhevnamor: Conall Myles, Ethan O’Hanlon, Mark Gill, Alan Dunne, Leon Markey, Sean Murphy, Gino Cooney, Stephen Sharkey, Rhys Shields, Shane McCaughey, Cormac McCartney, Craig Thornton, Pavel Kloda.
Shamrocks: David Rogers, Darren Murphy, Ciaran McKeown, Dan Mulligan, Conor Coleman, Dean Browne, James Byrne, Adris Akinade, Conor Faulkner, Fuad Animashaun, JJ Mulligan.