SKIBBEREEN Celtic brought the curtain down on the 2018-19 SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys League mini-season by annexing the U12 Premier League trophy.
A play-off tournament was needed to decide the top flight after Dunmanway Town Cadets, Lyre Rovers and Skibbereen Celtic finished level on points at the conclusion of the campaign.
Lyre overcame Dunmanway in the first play-off encounter before Skibbereen Celtic proved too strong for Lyre, meaning that a win or draw would be enough against Dunmanway last Thursday.
All four goals in a deserved Skibbereen victory came during the opening half with Adam O’Donovan (two), Aaron Dempsey and Danny O’Donovan scoring. It was fitting end to another terrific campaign. Skibbereen Celtic U12 squad: Jonathan O’Neill, Luke O’Sullivan, Danny O’Donovan, Adam O’Donovan, Shane McCarthy, Sean McCarthy, Dan McCarthy, Donagh Murphy, Odhran Herlihy, Aaron Dempsey, Donagh Courtney, Joe Connolly. Fachtna Connolly.
Elsewhere in this mini-season’s U12 age-grade, Bunratty United and Riverside Athletic faced off in the SuperValu U12 Division 1A League final. One goal was enough to decide a tight contest as Bunratty’s top scorer Shane Crowley found the net.
It was a similar story in SuperValu U12 Division 1B, where Kilmichael Rovers and Bantry Bay Rovers C advanced to a play-off final. Baltimore Road played host to an entertaining decider in which the Inchisine club edged the result 1-0 thanks to Tim Sweeney’s solitary strike.
Lyre Rovers were kings of the SuperValu U13 Premier League thanks to an unblemished record. The Lyre club also made headlines by reaching the Skechers SFAI U13 National Cup round of 32. Timothy Cullinane (two), Louka Mohan (two) and Jason Murray netted in a 5-0 U13 Premier League final defeat of Bantry Bay Rovers at Canon Crowley Park.
A division below, Drinagh Rangers and Kilmichael Rovers advanced to a the SuperValu U13 Division 1 League final after both clubs finished ahead of Clonakilty AFC, Bantry Bay Rovers B, Bunratty United and Sullane. In the decider, Michael Downey scored for Kilmichael but Eoin Hurley and Luke Shorten efforts secured the trophy for a delighted Drinagh.
Bantry Bay Rovers proved worthy winners of this mini-season’s U14 Premier League trophy. The Kealkill club and Ardfield were the two most consistent sides in the division and contested a high-scoring play-off league final at the end of January. Darragh Gough and Ben Linehan were amongt Ardfield’s scorers in a final Bantry Bay won 5-3 thanks to Callum McElhinney (two), Tommy O’Sullivan (two) and an own goal.
Castlelack outlasted Beara United, Riverside Athletic, Togher Celtic and Ardfield B to become SuperValu U14 Division 1 champions. In the U15 Premier League, Bunratty United defeated Lyre Rovers and Ardfield in the play-offs to lift the trophy. Riverside Athletic won U15 Division 1, Bantry Bay Rovers claimed the U16 Premier League and Ardfield ran out deserving U16 Division 1 winners.