HISTORY was made in Drinagh on Saturday as Kilgoban Celtic won the WCL U19 Cup final for the first time.
The club was formed ahead of the 2021/22 season when Durrus FC and Bantry Bay Rovers amalgamated, and the U19s’ 3-2 cup final win against Dunmanway Town is Kilgoban’s first piece of adult silverware.
Ben O’Sullivan gave the winners a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, finishing well after a through ball from Luke Salter-Townshend. A second goal followed shortly when Callum McElhinney hit the back of the net.
Dunmanway pulled a goal back before half time to trail 2-1 at the break, and the game was level early in the second half when Town equalised from a corner. We had to wait for the final ten minutes to get a winner when Ben O’Sullivan was in the right place to finish a rebound after Gearoid Cronin’s long-range shot struck the post. Dunmanway piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but Kilgoban, with goalkeeper Ben Clancy to the rescue on one occasion, held out for a memorable win.