TS&DL Youth League Division 1
Burncourt Celtic / Vee Rovers 1Cahir Park AFC 4The much anticipated league decider between local rivals Burncourt / Vee and Cahir Park took place in Burncourt on Saturday last.Credit and a big thank you to the ground staff as the pitch was immaculate and conducive to good football. The game started at a very high tempo between two very committed sides that knew a lot about each other.Taking the game to Cahir Park, Burncourt / Vee created the first couple of half chances in the early exchanges.Then The Park got into their stride and started to get on top in midfield with execution of the final passing letting them down on occasion, but chances were starting to emerge.From a superb Robert Maher tackle The Park forced a corner and Rhys Byron rose to powerfully head home, only for the effort to be chalked off for a push in the crowded penalty area. It was Burncourt / Vee that drew fist blood. A raid down the right flank saw a trip inside the penalty area and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Dean O'Sullivan powerfully driving the ball down the middle into the net. Cahir reacted strongly and enjoyed two quick moves, one down either flank only to be denied by stout defending. Barely 3 minutes after going behind The Park were level. Rhys Byron cutting into the box was fouled and the second penalty of the game was awarded. David Brannigan made no mistake and the sides were level. The remainder of the half saw little goalmouth action. Both sides looking dangerous from set plays. The second half saw Cahir Park get more on top and enjoying more possession in the Burncourt / Vee half of the pitch. The home side, though back towards their own goal looked comfortable in dealing with Cahir efforts, but the visitors quality was starting to show. On 57 minutes Rhys Byron collected the ball in his own half, his momentum found him in the opponents penalty area and from a very narrow angle found the net to put the visitors in front for the first time. Credit to the home side they rallied with a high intensity and narrowly shot wide on two occasions and forced some last ditch defending from the Cahir defence. Then came a 4 minute spell that would ultimately see an end to the Burncourt Celtic / Vee Rovers Challenge. Firstly on 63 minutes they were reduced to 10 men when one of their midfielders picked up a second yellow and despite being down to 10 men, on 67 minutes created arguably the best chance of the game. Somehow, with the goal at their mercy the shot cannoned off the inside of the post and back across The Park goal only for it to be scrambled to safety. This seemed to deflate the home side and Burncourt/Vee legs began to tire and with few options off the bench, The Park were ruthless and enjoyed great spells of possession and it was only a matter of time when on 76 minutes William O'Dwyer shot to the net from close range, with Park players queueing up. The final act saw a free kick awarded 30 meters out and David Brannigan found the top corner to see the game finish 4 - 1. A great game, hard fought between two neighbouring clubs with players that go to school together. This ensured Cahir Park were Champions, 6 points clear of the rest and still with a game in hand. The very large Cahir Park support (such was the support of members, players, past players, coaches, committee and people of Cahir they made it a “home game away from home”) celebrated with the players and the Tony Cusse Perpetual Cup was held aloft much to the joy of a very special bunch of lads. This bunch worked tirelessly all year, with very high numbers week in week out at training and with 1 league game remaining are unbeaten. - all whilst playing a really nice brand of football.
A great day for this Youth Team and a great day for the Club. So it was back to the clubhouse for celebrations, thanks to everyone for making it such a great evening for the entire squad.This week it is back to training where a very tough task awaits the team, who play away on Sunday next to the Limerick Youth League leaders and highly fancied Aisling Annacotty in the last 16 of the Munster Youths Cup.