Lawal leads Lucan to Tom Ticher national cup final

by Gazette Reporter

EMMANUEL Lawal, pictured above, was the hero for Colaiste Phadraig as he snatched a late winner to ensure Lucan CBS’s path to the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Tom Ticher Junior National Cup final this season following a tense encounter at the Peace Link, Clones last Friday.
They had last met St Eunan’s, Letterkenny, in 2010 when the Minor Cup catered for the Under-14 age group and it took penalties on that occasion to decide the winner.
The game finished 1-1 in extra time but it was Eunan’s who dominated the spot kicks to record a 4-1 win to progress to the national final.
This game was edging to penalties yet again but the Lucan star striker converted following some decent build up play by Josh Hogan for Lawal to slot past the hard-working Eoghan O’Boyle.
Jimmy Mwanga was the target man for the Leinster champions in the first half as the youngster had numerous chances to break the deadlock but O’Boyle was equal to the challenge for the Ulster outfit. Equally, St Eunan’s duo Zach Gorman and Conor O’Donnell linked well but couldn’t convert from distance.
Both sides were struggling to get a shot on target in the second period as the wind was proving difficult to contend with.
The stalemate remained and additional time was called. Yasser Maheant was gifted the opener two minutes in as he missed a sitter on the edge of the box.
The counter attack saw Shane Doherty one on one with goalkeeper Cian McGrane but his effort went inches wide of the mark.
Just when both sides were getting ready for penalties, up popped Lawal with the match winner with only seconds remaining on the clock.
Colaiste Phadraig now meet Oranmore men Calasanctius College in this year’s decider. Ruth Broderick’s charges won the Minor Cup 12 months previously so they’ll be favourites heading into the final.

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