East End march to Midlands Shield glory

Ciaran Brennan was the toast of Bennettsbridge after his four-goal haul earned East End United the under-13 Midlands Shield.

Ciaran Brennan was the toast of Bennettsbridge after his four-goal haul earned East End United the under-13 Midlands Shield.

The Kilkenny side proved too hot for Carlow’s St Pat’s Boys to handle, beating their hosts after extra-time on Saturday.

Although the game was played in blistering heat the tempo never dropped. Settling well, United took the lead when good work from midfielders David Blanchfield and Conor Murphy released Brennan to score the opener.

St Pat’s rallied, scoring either side of half-time to take the lead, but Brennan broke the Boys’ hearts when he netted a late leveller. St Pat’s piled on the pressure, but some great saves from Barry Lannon kept United in the game.

East End were a new team in extra-time, their fitness levels paying dividends as the Saints began to tire. Applying pressure, a Danny Coyne clearance fell to David Blanchfield, who delivered a great pass that allowed Brennan to complete his hat-trick. East End continued to play a passing game, Tim Corkery and Cillian Power teeing up Ciaran Brennan to net his fourth on a memorable day.