U15s Div 1 Kingscourt 0-4 Johnstown
Johnstown travelled to Kingscourt on Saturday and came out of top largely down the brilliance of hatrick hero Darren Finnegan.
The home team started the game at a good tempo and put the Johnstown rearguard under some early pressure with a number of corners. Johnstown responded well and started to play some good football and had some good opportunities to open the scoring. The lively Ciaran McCann shot into the side netting and he made the keeper work on a few occasions. The best chance of the half fell to Mark O’Leary who was put through on goal but his finish was well saved by the home keeper. Johnstown kept up this pressure and were nearly rewarded but for a goal line clearance from the Kingscourt defender. The away side were always a threat from set pieces and should have opened the scoring after an in swinging corner was met with the head of the Kingscourt centre half but he headed just over.
On resumption of the game Johnstown quickly began to dominate proceedings and within 5 minutes Johnstown got that all important opening goal. Adam Cummins intercepted the Kingscourt striker and played the ball forward to O’Connor who turned and found Darren Finnegan on the edge of the box. The latter showed some good footwork and turned and shot into the top corner. It wasn’t long before Johnstown were two up when Finnegan was played in on goal by Chinchilla and he calmly finished into the corner. Johnstown were on top for the remainder of the half and added two more goals. Chinchilla got the third of the game when he finished off a good move with a shot from just outside the box. Darren Finnegan got the final goal of the game and his hatrick with a neat finish from inside the box.
Best for the winners were: A. Cummins, A. O’Connor, C. McCann, Junior and MOTM D. Finnegan.
Team: D. Murphy, A. Barry, A. Cummins, G. Sheeran, P. Gaffney, A. O’ Connor, D. Finnegan, C. Davies, M. O’Leary, C. McCann, A. Chinchilla. Subs: A. McGovern, C. Leonard & R. Kelly