De La Salle’s U15s come up just short

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Colaiste Na hInse from Laytown edged an exciting Minor Division 1 final on Wednesday morning with a 2-1 victory over De La Salle, Dundalk’s U15 side at Oriel Park.

Colaiste Na hInse from Laytown edged an exciting Minor Division 1 final on Wednesday morning with a 2-1 victory over De La Salle, Dundalk’s U15 side at Oriel Park.

Adam Finnegan and Kizito Ekwueme caused a lot of problems in the Laytown defence in the opening exchanges but Laytown soon settled and Dundalk ‘keeper Mark Byrne was tested in the 17th minute when he produced a fine save to deny Gavin Taylor.

The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when a free-kick by Mark Murray was headed home by the unmarked Sam Sherry.

Laytown were on top for the remainder of the first-half and were deserved 0-1 leaders at half time with De La Salle guilty of giving away possession too cheaply on too many occasions.

The Dundalk side received a lifeline seven minutes after the break when Shane Gregory received the ball outside the Laytown penalty area, then skipped past the nearest defender and fired beyond the diving Gavin Coughlan to level the score at 1-1.

Both sides competed and continued to play attacking football but Laytown on the day just seemed to have more fire power and Mark Byrne produced several fine saves to keep his side in the match.

The winner arrived just four minutes from full-time for Laytown when the lively Gavin Taylor whipped in a dangerous cross that fell nicely into the path of Henry Ndebuinadu for a simple tap in much to the delight of the large vocal away support.

De La Salle, Dundalk U15: Mark Byrne, Ross Kelly, Odrahan Duffy, Conor McGailey, Daniel Corcoran, Sean O’Hanlon, Chad McEneaney, Shane Gregory, Adam Finnegan, Caolan Dines, Kizito Ekwueme. Subs: Shane Byrne, Oisin Meegan, Oisin McGuinness, Ronain Bailey, Nathan Mulligan.