Premiers win battle of Corduff

by Gazette Reporter

NO MATTER what happened at the Oscar Traynor Complex last Saturday, Corduff FC was coming away with the NDSL Under-14 Elite Cup after their two sides contested the final.
In the end, after a competitive game, it was the Premier side that beat their A counterparts by a four goal winning margin.
On a great day for the Dublin 15 club, with two teams in an elite level final, the Premier side went into the game as hot favourites.
They earned that tag by winning trophies galore over the past few years. Since 2013 they have claimed the NDSL’s Under-11 Premier, Under-12 Premier and Under-13 Premier league titles. This season they lead the table in the hunt for the Under-14 Premier title. To date still, they are the only team ever in the NDSL and Dublin 15 that has reached an SFAI All-Ireland final.
Just a week previously, this great side had claimed the NDSL McKenna Cup with a victory over St Kevin’s Boys at the same venue and they continued with that winning run on Saturday.
The Premier side didn’t have it all their own way and the opening exchanges were tight and tense with neither side offering up many chances.
The breakthrough came midway through the half when Rabby Tabu Minzamra played a great through ball that was latched onto by Lee Rowe Richardson and he slammed it home.
Before the break they doubled their advantage when Tony Kamara fired home from close range. Despite the two goal lead the game was still evenly poised.
In the second half, Corduff Premier upped the gears and added two further goals to ensure they claimed their second trophy in two weeks.
First, a great team move saw the ball fed to Oasere Ogiehar who crossed perfectly to Rowe Richardson who calmly slotted home with a side-foot volley.
The victory was already assured when they added the fourth, this time through Killian Phillips who headed home late on.
Corduff’s Premier side can now claim the treble if they can win two more league games from their remaining four, two of which will be against nearest challengers St Kevin’s Boys.
If they can manage that feat it would be their fourth NDSL Premier title in a row. An outstanding achievement from an outstanding side.

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