GLENCAR did all the hard work in the first half as they overcame the challenge of Lagan Harps in the Letterkenny & District U-14 Cup final at Leckview Park on Saturday.
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The side under the control of Joe Tourish and Martin Hunter saw Glencar go into the three-goal interval lead and they were coasting to victory. However, a much improved second half from Lagan saw them get back to within a hair’s breath of forcing extra-time on an occasion that was a credit to both teams.
Three goals in seven minutes set Glencar on their way. BJ Bandy opened the scoring on 12 minutes when his speculative shot from the edge of the area beat Ryan Lockhart. Then, only two minutes later, Gareth Doherty put clear daylight between the sides when he scored an absolute belter from the edge of the penalty area.
It got no better for Lagan before the interval as Bandy rose highest to head home a corner from Luke Nelis to create, what looked on the face of things, to be a comfortable interval advantage.
Ten minutes into the second half Stephen Gallagher headed past Chris Duddy to make something of a game of it before another goal on 47 minutes - this time an own goal by Ciaran Kelly after he and his goalkeeper got their wires momentary crossed - made for an interesting finish. And although Nelis hit the crossbar from the edge of the area for Glencar, Caolan Murry was just out of luck at the other end as he drove just wide.
Glencar: Chris Duddy; Ciaran Hunter, Rory McCrossan, Ciaran Kelly, Luke Nelis; Ryan McCoghlan, Enda McCormick, John McGranaghan, Adrian Delap; Gareth Doherty, BJ Banda. Subs: David O’Donnell, James Tourish, Patrick McColgan, Shane Doherty.
Lagan Harps: Ryan Lockhart; Sean McGettigan, Louis Cole, Damien Keys, Shane Meehan; Oran Higgins, Caolan Murray, Paul O’Brien, Shaun Crossan; Stephen Gallagher, Aaron McCready, Subs: Dylan McElhinney, Bernard McGee, Gareth Hamilton.
Referee: Vincent McLoughlin.