Everton 17s v College Crnthns 17.01.04

Everton 17s College Crnthns 17.01.04
Match details below

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Wes O'Connell, Man of the Match

UNDER 17 
Everton 0 College Corinthians 1
James Kenny scored in the 42nd minute and that goal decided the outcome of an entertaining contest between two good sides in Division One of the Under 17 League. Corinthians had the better of the first half while Everton ruled the roost in the second.

Corinthian’s pressure paid off in the 42nd minute. Then a home defender was caught in possession and Kenny neatly picked his spot and shot to the right of keeper Shane Sherlock to make it 1-0.

In the 49th minute, Corinthians defender Mark O’Donovan rose to head away when a Gavin Kidney cross looked a cert to reach Stephen Corcoran. And then a back header by Keith Edwards just missed the target.

Midway through, Greg Barry hit a powerful 30 yard shot but keeper Thomas O’Connor saved brilliantly. The winners had a rare chance when O’Connell got in to lay the ball off to Kenny whose firm shot sped just wide.

Gregory Barry went close again for Everton as they laid siege. But the Corinthians defence, well led by O’Donovan and Chris Madden, stood firm.

Corinthian’s O’Connell almost eased their anxiety in the 70th minute. Then he turned two Everton defenders only to see keeper Sherlock grab his firm shot.

Everton were soon back on the attack and Stephen Corcoran fired over from 30 yards. Then a another long range drive, this from 25 yards by Colin Lyons, brought a tremendous save from the visiting keeper. Lyons and Alan McCarthy had further chances to snatch an equaliser as the game drew to a close but Corinthians held on well to take all three points from this entertaining contest between two fine football sides.

Corinthian’s Wes O’Connell showed strength and tremendous close control when in possession and was well able to slip past would be tacklers. One for the future and a worthy winner of the Man of the Match Award.

Everton: Shane Sherlock, Alan Kelly, Ken O’Mahony, Jonathon Quinlan, Gregory Barry, Colin Lyons, Derek Newman, Gavin Kidney, Stephen Corcoran, Keith Edwards and Alan McCarthy. Sub used: Graham Hickey for Edwards (68th minute).
College Corinthians: Thomas O’Connor, Denis O’Mahony, David Killcummins, Mark O’Donovan, Chris Madden, Richie Cronin, Ronan Staunton, Garry Wills, Wes O’Connell, Brendan Spillane and James Kenny. Subs used: Stephen Duffy and Rob Rose for Derek Newman and Keith Edwards (both 73rd minute).
Referee: Christy Byrne.

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