St Francis Under-15’s Frank Cox Cup final success

SEAN O’Mahony scored with the last kick of the game to help St Francis to a 2-1 win over Broadford Rovers in the final of the Under-15 DDSLFrank Cox Cup at the AUL Complex last weekend.
In a physical encounter, St Francis took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to another O’Mahony strike before Zack Lecheheb equalised from a cracking strike with just 14 minutes left on the clock.
With extra-time looming and little to separate the two sides, O’Mahony popped up to find the back of the net for the second time and hand his team the trophy.
“He’s an excellent centre forward,” St Francis manager David Farrell told GazetteSport. “It was a hard fought game. It was very physical but fair. I really thought it was going to go to extra-time and penalties but, like all good centre forwards, he pulled it out of the bag.
Despite the close score line, Farrell maintains his side were on top for the majority of the tie.
“We were well on top. We missed one or two good chances and we were defending well but we got caught out at the back post in the second half.
“They were on top for 15 minutes, as in all games they’ll get their quota of [time] being on top.”
St Francis are currently in the process of regrouping after the introduction of the FAI’s Under-15 league saw their two Under-15 sides become one after players from the premier team dispersed to join the League of Ireland.
“It is a great achievement for the lads. The premier side went all together but we are second in the league and with four games remaining have a chance of winning the title.
“I am their manager since they were Under-8s and there is a core group of four or five lads who have always been with me, and other lads have come and gone.
“We’ve brought a few lads in from Knockmitten this year and they are doing very well. They’ve brought the group up.”
With many football clubs across the country now boasting astro pitches allowing them to train in all weathers, Farrell believes the development of his players has been held back due to the club’s inability to acquire funding to build one of their own due to being based beside the isolated Baldonnell Airbase.
“The facilities are there. They only thing we haven’t got is an astro pitch. We can’t get our hands on funding for it at the moment because we are classed as a rural area even though all the lads are from Clondalkin.
“You really have to be in a housing area. We pay out nearly €20,000 every year hiring out astro pitches for the teams.”