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Everton 0 Maymount Celtic 1
An early first half goal by defender John O’Sullivan gave Maymount Celtic a 1-0 away win over Everton and a place in the 3rd round of the Snickers FAI U17 Cup.
It was a game dominated by defences and no surprise that a defender, Maymount full back Simon Hedderman, got the Errea Sports Man of the Match award. His colleagues Darren O’Regan, scorer O'Sullivan, Anthony Fenton and keeper Jamie Clerkin hardly put a foot wrong all day.
And much the same could be said about the Everton rearguard, the back four well led by central defender Gregory Barry and right full Alan Kelly, and keeper Shane Sherlock was also in commanding form.
Everton, who had defeated Cobh Ramblers in the opening round, were under pressure early on and conceded the goal in the 9th minute. Hedderman floated over a good corner from the right and O'Sullivan headed home in the crowd.
The home side kept pressing forward in search of the equaliser but were nearly undone by a quick counter-attack in the half-hour. The lively Daniel Duggan broke away up the right and fired off a terrific shot but Sherlock made an impressive stop.
And Sherlock was called into action again in the 39th minute, making a brilliant tip over save after Gary Kerrigan had got on the end of a Maymount corner.
Everton were finding it hard enough to make chances at the other end but did threaten in the 40th minute. Then sub Graham Hickey sent a cross speeding towards the near post and that rare moment of anxiety in the Maymount box ended when O'Sullivan stepped in to head clear.
There was work to do for Sherlock in the opening minute of the second half. He just managed to tip an O'Sullivan header, from a corner, onto his bar. It fell back into the six yard box but Coakley’s follow-up header landed on top of the net.
Everton though went on to enjoy the better of the third quarter and should have equalised on the hour. Then sub Hickey laid the ball back to Kelly and his cross found Corcoran unmarked and close to goal. But the striker misjudged the incoming ball and failed to make contact. Everton would not get as good a chance again.
Everton ran out of ideas and steam in the closing minutes and Maymount had chances of adding to their tally. In the 77th minute, Duggan got in but a rapid Sherlock advance forced the Maymount man to shoot too quickly and the ball ran wide.
An Alan King corner was then flicked just over the top by Kelvin O'Leary before Sherlock again denied Duggan with a great save in the 84th minute. Maymount played cagily enough after that and Everton had no further openings and will now have to concentrate on the local competitions.
Everton: Shane Sherlock, Alan Kelly, Joe Ryan, Ken O'Mahony, Gregory Barry, Colin Lyons, Derek Newman, Gavin Kidney, Stephen Corcoran, Alan McCarthy and Keith Houlihan. Subs: Jonathan Quinlan, Gordon Higgins, Graham Hickey and Darren O’Neill.
Maymount Celtic: Jamie Clerkin, Darren O'Regan, Simon Hedderman, John O'Sullivan, Anthony Fenton, Kelvin O'Leary, Alan king, Ian Cullinane, Gary Kerrigan, Howard Coakley, and Daniel Duggan. Subs: Jamie Meehan, Richard Gettings, and Lloyd Crowley.
Referee: Mark O’Flynn.