Corduff, pride of D15

by Stephen Findlater

IN THE end, the fairytale finish was not to be. St Joseph’s Boys put an end to Corduff’s dream run in the Under-12 SFAI Danone Cup last weekend in Jackson Park, denying not just the club but also Dublin 15 and the NDSL a first ever national crown.

Sean Kenna and Eabhard O’Callaghan, coupled with an own goal, contributed to the 3-0 win but Corduff can hold their heads high after an amazing run that saw them outdo 312 teams from the competition’s initial entry list.

Afterwards, the club was magnanimous in defeat, stating: “The lads have a national medal for their efforts. Add this to a league cup and possible league championship, you have to say what an achievement.

“The lads were delighted with a decent consolation after a fantastic season.”

With a big crowd in tow, the Dublin 15 side had made a decent start to proceedings with Jaye Fitzgerald firing a warning shot from distance but Enda Minogue did well to keep it under wraps.

Joey’s, though, were shifting the ball well and they took the lead going into half-time when James Furlong’s devilish left-footed corner from the right flank wrought havoc, eventually flicking off the head of a Corduff defender and into his own net.

O’Callaghan almost made it two when his powerful shot banged off the crossbar while Rabby Minzamba needed to be alert to get in the way of Aran Moore’s follow-up shot.

Rubben Marques did cause problems while chances continued to come and go in the second period before the vital second goal came midway through the half. Moore was again a key component as he picked out Kenna who headed home at the back stick.

And the game was put beyond any doubt when O’Callaghan played in Kenna who duly returned the favour for the striker to finish off with a deft header.

Despite the defeat, Corduff still could potentially represent Ireland at the Danone Nations Cup which takes place in Brazil this year with playoff games against the other quarter-finalists from this SFAI competition.

Last year, Malahide United produced a stunning performance when representing Ireland in London to see off some top level sides from the Netherlands and France to finish fourth in the world.

It follows their league cup success of a week earlier when Corduff defeated St Kevin’s Boys 3-1 in the Kevin Moran Cup final.

They also moved to the brink of the league crown with goals from Robert Rechitean and Jordan Travers handing them a 2-0 win over Ratoath to go six points clear with two rounds of matches to play.

With the Under-13 Joe Kirby Cup, Under-9 E-Flow Cup and Under-15 Molly Martin Cup also in the bag, it has been quite the season for the Duff.

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