Classy Kizito’s double downs Corduff to send Rock through

Glenmuir's Chinadu Osadebe and Albion's Paddy Callan contest this ball in Saturday's U17 League game
Rock Celtic U15’s advanced to the last 32 of the SFAI National Cup at the expense of Corduff FC who made their exit for the second year in a row to a Dundalk side.

Rock Celtic U15’s advanced to the last 32 of the SFAI National Cup at the expense of Corduff FC who made their exit for the second year in a row to a Dundalk side.

That is because this time last year, Corduff were beaten by Glenmuir Celtic at the same stage of the competition.

The Blackrock side dominated for long periods and the Corduff back four were always under pressure but only had two goals to show from all their possession and only poor finishing saved the Dublin side from a much heavier defeat.

A mistake by the Corduff goalkeeper gifted Rock the first goal in the 7th minute and Kizito Ekwueme pounced to drive the loose ball high into the roof of the net.

Oisin Meegan almost made it 2-0 just seven minutes later when he cut in from the left wing but his shot bounced off the Corduff post and wide.

Corduff did create a chance on 17 minutes when Emmanuel Kencho managed to get in behind the home defence but his shot was easily saved by Flynn Kieran and Rock did have another scare in the 24th minute when Mark O’Connor’s cross found Fortune Maques in space but his effort was blocked by Conor Soraghan.

Liam O’Callaghan had two shots comfortably saved by Corduff ‘keeper Othneil Matondo in the opening 15 minutes of the second half but the home side doubled their lead in the 64th minute when Kizito Ekwueme shook off the challenge of two defenders and stroked the ball past the advancing Matondo.

Corduff failed to find a way through the Rock defence in the closing stages as the Seasiders saw out the contest for an excellent and well deserved victory over their Dublin counterparts.

ROCK CELTIC: Flynn Kieran, Owen O’Hara, Oisin Murtagh, Daniel Corcoran, Conor Soraghan, Oisin Geoghegan, Kizito Ekwueme, Aidan Curtain, Liam O’Callaghan, Liam McDonnell, Oisin Meegan, Odhran Duffy, Johnny Kierans, Neill Smyth, Mark Hanna, Odhran O’Callaghan, Mark Gaughran, Conor Neary.

CORDUFF FC: Othneil Matondo, Jake Ferns, Mustapha Muibideen, Riko Dolinski, Peter Adisun, Ryan Morley, Darragh O’Neill, Mark O’Connor, Emmanuel Kencho, Fortune Maques, Ross Cunningham, Jordan Walsh, IK Orunwense, Edward Kocsis, Curtis Botata.

REFEREE: Frank Brennan.