Kane comes from the bench to clinch Grammar School double

Dundalk Grammar School's Gareth Kane lets fly in last week's North East League Junior Division Two final against Beaufort College at Oriel Park
Same scoreline and the same result as the Dundalk Grammar School recorded a double with two cup final victories in the space of two days.

Same scoreline and the same result as the Dundalk Grammar School recorded a double with two cup final victories in the space of two days.

Both sides showed a lot of caution in the opening 20 minutes with defences on top but two clinical strikes from Ciaran O’Connor changed everything and set the tone for the remainder of the game.

O’Connor’s first goal came in the 22nd minute when he collected the ball just inside the Donabate penalty area and deceived goalkeeper Darren Murphy with a fierce shot at the near post.

His second goal arrived just eight minutes later with another clinical finish; this time he won the ball outside the penalty area and held off the challenge of his marker before firing a stunning shot past the stranded Murphy.

Donabate, for their part, upped their game in search of a way back in and David Foley’s goalbound effort was hacked off the line by Dundalk defender Daragh McMenemy and the impressive Dylan O’Reilly almost scored before the break when his shot went inches wide of the Dundalk post.

Grammar keeper John Burlingham produced two crucial saves in the first 12 minutes of the second-half as Donabate piled on the pressure in search of goals.

Donabate were all causing problems and had the Dundalk defence on the back foot but defenders Konrad Lang, Callum Lawson, Kevin Gallagher and Alan Dunne were working extremely hard and made it a frustrating afternoon for the visitors.

Dundalk soon regained the upper hand and introduced the two goal hero from Monday’s final, Gareth Kane, and he soon made it 3-0 in the 66th minute when he picked up the ball on the left-hand side of the area and fired in a shot that beat Murphy into the right-hand corner.

Donabate scored a consolation goal three minutes from time when Kale Akunde got on the end of Brian Foley’s cross

Dundalk Grammar School U19: John Burlingham, Konrad Lang, Alan Dunne, Kevin Gallagher, Callum Lawson, John Byrne, Emmet Kirk, Ciaran O’Connor, Sean O’Connor, Callum Duffy, Tomiwa Baduin, Subs: Drew Kieran, Aaron McGuigan, Jack Cotter, Andrew Clarke, Gareth Kane, Kevin Carr, Michael O’Callaghan, Brendan McDonnell .