Thomastown United 2
Ormonde Villa 1
A BULLET-LIKE goal from Jack Barcoe saw Thomastown United grab the Under-11 Cup in fine style.
The tricky winger broke Ormonde Villa hearts when he pulled the trigger and scored a screamer to decide a thrilling game at Derdimus on Bank Holiday Monday.
The all-important match-winner arrived after just nine minutes and owed much to the hard-working Brian Staunton. Working his way up the right, Staunton whipped over a cross which went all the way to Barcoe, who was racing towards the back post.
Controlling the ball, it looked like Barcoe had taken play too far, but then he fired off a fierce strike which rocketed high into the Villa net.
The goal was one of many high points in a game which had started at a blistering pace. Ormonde Villa were quickest out of the blocks, taking just five minutes to open the scoring with a real stunner.
The city side were off the mark in spectacular fashion thanks to Ronan Buckley’s cracker. Keeping his eyes fixed on Jordan Molloy’s booming corner, Buckley met the ball at the edge of the box, connecting with a fierce half-volley that screamed past Thomastown goalkeeper Stevie Wemyss.
Such a goal could have rattled many teams - but not Thomastown, who drew level just two minutes later. David Griffin did the damage when collecting a long ball, then wriggled through two defenders before coolly poking a low shot past netminder David Campion.
Two minutes later United were celebrating again as Barcoe struck what proved to be the winner - but they had Wemyss to thank for having that lead. United’s Number One did brilliantly to save his side, getting behind Eoin O’Shea’s thumping long range strike and holding it to his chest.
United stayed on top after that and almost grabbed a third goal in the last seconds of the half. Rory Monks created the chance with a great run and pass out to Barcoe on the left, but his dangerous low cross was well cleared by Pauric Nolan.
The second half was all about the defences, as both Justin Cahill (Ormonde Villa) and Michael Murphy (Thomastown) excelled in keeping the other team’s strikers quiet. There was, however, almost a sting in the tail as Villa went agonisingly close to drawing level again.
Jordan Molloy was the unlucky player who was a whisker away from getting a deserved goal when, on 47 minutes, he pounced on a half-cleared corner. The midfielder drove in a looping shot, one which bounced in front of ’keeper Wemyss and sailed over his head, but the crossbar came to United’s rescue.
Thomastown United: Stevie Wemyss, Jack Cullen (Martin Walshe, 60 mins), Daithi Barron, Ned Kirwan, Michael Murphy, Colm Whelan, Adrian Mullins, David Griffin, Rory Monks, Brian Staunton, Jack Barcoe.
Ormonde Villa: David Campion, Tom Gormley (Jack Connolly, 55 mins), Joe Murphy, Ronan Buckley, Justin Cahill, Eoin O’Shea (Nathan Lawlor, 60 mins), Jordan Molloy, Dion Conroy, Eoin Wall, Gavin Walsh (Eoin Ryan, 49 mins), Pauric Nolan.
Referee: Jimmy Nolan. Linesmen: Ollie Falsey, Mitch Corrigan.