De La Salle Dundalk’s U17 team turned in terrific performance on Thursday morning to beat favourites Colaiste Na hInse to complete a near perfect week for Dundalk schools.
The Laytown side, led by Ireland U17 International and Dundalk FC U19 player Georgie Poynton were strong favourites going into the game but De La Salle, urged on by their huge band of brilliant supporters, were worthy 3-1 winners.
Poynton gave Laytown the best possible start in the fourth minute when he timed his run to perfection to slide home a cross from James Rice.
Laytown dominated the opening exchanges but De La Salle slowly settled and Anton Reilly and Anto Lines began asking questions of the Laytown defence.
Reilly was a constant threat for the Dundalk side and his pacy cross in the 15th minute set up Liam Keenan but his first time hit was well saved by Daragh Haigm.
Keenan was gifted another opportunity a minute later when a misguided pass from defender James Conlon fell into his path and he made no mistake this time to fire home the equalising goal.
Laytown hit back and Poynton’s clever pass set up James Rice but Dundalk keeper Oisin Finn was alert to the danger and made a timely block.
De La Salle had two more lucky escapes before half-time with Oisin Murray and Adam Shields both making goal line clearances from Craig Carrick and Dean Morgan.
The Dundalk side opened the second-half full of drive and purpose and put pressure on the Laytown defence from the first whistle.
A great run and cross by Anto Lines set up Sheriff Ayoade in the seventh minute but his shot was well saved by Haigm. A foul on Lines two minutes later just outside the penalty area gave De La Salle a glorious opportunity and Dean Watters took full advantage and beat Haigm when his free-kick flew into the bottom corner of the net to put Dundalk 2-1 ahead.
It got even better for the Dundalk side six minutes later when Reilly was fouled in the penalty area and Dean Browne hammered home from the penalty spot to make it 3-1.
De La Salle, Dundalk U17: Oisin Finn, Oisin Murray, Shane Crosson, Adam Shields, Daniel Rice, Dean Browne (James Renaghan), Liam Keenan, Dean Watters, Anton Reilly, Anto Lines (Michael O’Connor), Sheriff Ayoade (Daniel O’Brien). Unused subs: Daniel Mulligan, Sean Murray.