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Under 14s Undone By Late Goals In Cup Final
Commiserations to the players and management of the 14 Premier team, who came close to winning the SFAI Cup final at Jackson Park last Saturday, only to be overtaken by two late goals for Belvedere. Aaron McGrath put the Orchard ahead with a fine individual goal after 30 minutes and they held the lead until five minutes from time when Belvedere equalised. And Belvedere then grabbed the winner in stoppage time, after the Orchard had been reduced to 10 players.
Under 16s Win The SFAI Barry Cup
Congratulations to the players and management of the 16 Premier team, who scored a well deserved 3-0 win over Wilton Utd in the SFAI Barry Cup final at a breezy Jackson Park on the Sunday. There was little goalmouth action in the opening half, other than a point blank save by the Wilton goalkeeper to deny Dean Dillon. With the wind at their backs in the second half the Orchard took the lead 8 minutes in, when Josh Hogan was taken down in the penalty area and Dean Dillon scored from the spot. And five minutes later Dean Dillon scored his second goal when he turned in Dylan Rowe's shot from close range following a good run and cross by Josh Hogan.
The Orchard then scored a third goal in 10 minutes, when Emmanuel Lawal set up Shola Ayoola to tap home from almost on the line after good play by Corrie Ndaba on the right. And so, after one goal wins in each of their last four games of the competition, against Belvedere and Carrigaline ( both 2-1 ) and Corinthian Boys and Knocklyon Utd ( both 1-0 ), the Orchard players could relax in the knowledge that when the final whistle sounded in twenty minutes or so they would be collecting the cup.
Well done to all who were involved.