Extra-time goals seal famous cup final victory
Dunmanway Town 0
Lyre Rovers 2 (aet)
Ger McCarthy reports
JAMES Lynam’s brace of goals earned Lyre Rovers a 2-0 SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys U16 Cup final triumph at the expense of Dunmanway Town in Turner’s Cross last weekend.
Rovers and Town couldn’t be separated after 70 minutes of intense action in Sunday’s U16 Cup decider at Cork’s League of Ireland stadium. A noisy crowd had to wait until two periods of extra time before the match burst into life and Rovers’ man-of-the-match produced two moments of sublime skill to ensure the trophy will reside in Lyre for the next 12 months.
Dunmanway Town contributed much to an engaging final but lacked a finishing touch in the final third that could have swung the result in the Mohona club’s favour. Up front, Alan Crowley and Cian Hurley worked tirelessly on meagre possession while goalkeeper Stephen Daly kept Dunmanway in contention thanks to some impressive saves.
Lyre proved the more clinical finishers on the day with Craig McDermott, Cathal Dineen, Brian White and David O’Sullivan all going close during a scoreless first half. White came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening half when his marvellous long-range effort clipped an upright.
The same player was denied a goal by an acrobatic Stephen Daly save on the hour mark, finger-tipping White’s free-kick onto the crossbar. Dunmanway also created chances but none were good enough to adequately trouble Colm O’Donovan before the U16 Cup decider concluded 0-0.
Rovers grabbed the lead in sensational circumstances late in the first period of extra time when James Lynam gathered possession and arched a magnificent 20-yard effort into the top corner, much to the delight of the Lyre supporters.
Admirably, Dunmanway pushed additional numbers forward in search of a leveller but were caught out for a second time when James Lynam curled a free-kick into the back of the net. There was barely enough time to restart but Lyre Rovers proved worthy winners of this season’s SuperValu U16 Cup.
SuperValu Man of the Match: James Lynam (Lyre Rovers).
Dunmanway Town: Stephen Daly (captain), Aaron O’Donovan, Jack Forbes, Feidhlim O’Driscoll, Sean Dullea, Joe Collins, Kevin Coughlan, Darragh Collins, Cathal Duggan, Alan Crowley, Cian Hurley.
Subs: Luke Kearney, Sam Kevane, Daire O’Donovan, Davin O’Donovan, Robbie Long, Colin Farr, Cian Buckley.
Lyre Rovers: Colm O’Donovan, David Hegarty, Joseph McCarthy, Dan Peet, Cian Murphy, David O’Sullivan, Craig McDermott, Brian White, James Lynam, Cathal Dineen, David White (captain).
Subs: Ryan Good, Ruairi O’Brien, Mark Keohane, Paul Lyons, Padraig Healy, Jack Lawton, Uisliu Hickey.
Referee: Patrick Hurley.