‘Stevie G’ on hand as Old County see off Francis in Ryan final

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Steven Gerrard was among the chief celebrants as Old County finished off a sensational season in style.

The Crumlin Club proved themselves a Saturday side equal to junior football’s Sunday best as they celebrated all manner of success over the last week.

Not only did Old County make theirs a double when they added the Noel Ryan Cup to the Major 1 Saturday league title they won recently, the emerging club also picked up two awards at the Leinster Senior League Awards presentation on Saturday gone.

The invincible league and cup winners, who made it to the latter stages of both the FAI Junior Cup and the Leinster Junior Cup, were crowned LSL Junior Team of the Year, beating off competition from some very strong and successful Sunday sides.

Giving the Brickfield side further reason to celebrate goal machine Callum Keane won the LSL Junior Player of the Year award after his brilliant 41-goal season.

However, it wasn’t the personal accolades that got Gerrard off his seat, the Liverpool legend was more impressed with County’s cup win.

Gerrard took to social media to congratulate the club on their Noel Ryan victory over St Francis and shared a clip of the opening goal with the caption ‘Figo behave’.

The deadlock breaker was nearly a net buster and well worth a social media share. Captain Dylan ‘Figo’ Wilson let fly after a free kick routine saw the ball rolled into his path and found the top corner with a looping rocket.

Eoghan Roe doubled the advantage soon after when he got on the end of a team move to side-foot home from close range.

Keane then got his obligatory goal to send a large crowd at Armagh Road crazy, taking full advantage of some indecision at the back after some good Roe work to make it three.

The scoring and indeed the tie was done by 20 minutes when Roe converted a rebound to claim his second.  

Francis improved over the remaining 70 minutes but never looked like getting back into a clash against the side that beat them to the league title and it was ‘Figo’ who was lifting silverware post full-time.

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