Shamrocks close in on title

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Shamrocks U17s scored four times in the final 12 minutes to finally see off Walshestown in windy conditions at Oriel Park on Saturday afternoon.

Shamrocks U17s scored four times in the final 12 minutes to finally see off Walshestown in windy conditions at Oriel Park on Saturday afternoon.

The unbeaten Fatima team have now played 13 games and have won 12 and recorded one draw and now need just three points to clinch the league title.

The gale force wind played a huge factor in the game. Walshestown had the advantage in the first half and they should have been in front after only 40 seconds from the kick off when Daragh Shevlin fired in a stunning effort but Shamrocks ‘keeper Sean Smith forced a great save on to the crossbar and the ball was scrambled away to safety.

The home side had chances to open the scoring with Sheriff Ayoade and Keelin Ryan going close but it was Walshestown who broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Daragh Shevlin’s cross was volleyed home by Conor Lenehan.

It was a frustrating first half for Shamrocks and it was more of the same in the second when they were unable to take advantage of the wind as Walshestown battled bravely to defend their slender 0-1 lead.

Dean Browne’s in swinging corner on 12 minutes was somehow hooked over the crossbar by Robbie Mackin and Laurence Kapinga’s rasping left footed shot skimmed off the outside of the Walshestown post.

Kapinga sent in a cross in the 17th minute that crept across the face of the goals but no Shamrocks player was there to get the vital final touch and three minutes later the same player sent in another accurate cross that rolled across the top of the Walshestown crossbar.

The home pressure finally paid off with 12 minutes remaining when Conor Mulligan’s free kick curled in the top corner of the Walshestown net for the equaliser.

Shamrocks hard work was further rewarded five minutes later when Laurence Kapinga scored through a crowd of players after a header from Anto Lines was kicked off the line by Dan McMahon to make it 2-1.

The home side were now rampant and added two further goals in the closing stages by Cian Hoey and Keelin Ryan to seal the result.

Shamrocks: Sean Smith, Conor Mulligan, George McEnteggart, Cian Conroy, Deane Brown, Anton Reilly, Robbie Mackin, Keelin Ryan, Sheriff Ayoade, Laurence Kapinga, Conor Coleman, Glen Mackin, Cian Hoey.

Walshestown: Jack Reilly, Daniel Hand, Dan McMahon, Conor Lenehan, Cormac Campbell, Alex Lyster, Daragh Shevlin, Conor Barnes, Chris Matthews, Shane Bradley, Lillian Johnston, Tommy Brady, Stephen Winters, George Blake.