Young Duff stars shine

by Staff Reporter

CORDUFF Under-91A1 side hosted Ratoath Harps last weekend at Corduff Park in a tie hastily rearranged for the Dublin 15 venue after the Harps’ own grounds were called off due to the inclement weather.
It ensured that both sets of players got a game and it proved to be a cracker for all those who took in the tie.
Corduff had just edged a 3-2 victory when the sides last met on February 13 so both sides knew that they were in for a tough encounter.
Over the course of the four 12 minute quarters, Ratoath were slightly on top with their passing crisper against a gutsy Corduff side.
That work rate and effort limited Raoath to no more than one goal per quarter with goalkeeper John Pawlak, only back in the side after a three week hiatus, called upon on more than one occasion.
There was some moments of magic from the boys from Blanch but they were limited and cancelled out by a side who were the better team on the day. Taylor George’s tenth goal of the season as a consolation goal before a fairly earned free-kick by the Harps settled the affair.
Luke Munroe, meanwhile, earned his second man of the match award of the season following on from his excellent display against Balbriggan FC earlier in October.
He shaded the much coveted accolade just ahead of fellow defenders Callum Moore and Lucas Pinoncely.
Elsewhere, Tirone Ayinde from Corduff’s Under-14A side scored five goals against Rivervalley Rangers FC in the Under 14 Brendan McKenna Premier/A Cup quarter Final to set-up a mouth-watering semi-final against Corduff FC’s Under-14 Premier.
It is the first time the club will have two teams meeting each other in the semi-final of a competition like this, making for an intriguing battle.
At Under-13B level, Jack West had a superb second half performance in his sides 4-3 away defeat to St Mochta’s FC in the Irish Rail Cup semi-final.
West’s performance when coming on demonstrated his teams battling performance to never give up and to leave nothing on the pitch. The side gave 100% and take a huge amount of positives from a result that went against them.
In the Under-8s against Donnycarney FC, there were a wealth of good performances,
Eric Miengue weighed in with an impressive four goals along with Keith Ikwin and Alex Skabuls.
Great assists were laid on by Jayden Gannon and Alex Leonard with Oisin Kelly and Anthony Kobendza superb in defence as part of a great game.

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