Lagan Harps, U-16 Champions League winners
Lagan Harps are the Donegal U-16 Champions success following in today’s final win over Kilmacrennan Celtic, at the Moss, Drumoghill.
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Keena Diver, Jack Parke and Ethan Coll (2) were the champions goalscorers with Diver and Parke hitting the net in the first 40 minutes.
Stephen Black scored from the penalty spot for the Kilmacrennan boys, who were desperately unlucky not have hit a couple of more goals.
They certainly had chances and Black, Carlos O’Reilly and Caolan Gallagher were unlucky not have found the net in the opening 40 minutes.
And Conor McFadden and O’Reilly missed what went down as goal scoring opportunities in the second 40 minutes.
After a tentative opening, both sides had a couple of half chances before Diver broke the deadlock on 21 minutes.
Diver, who had a good game throughout, stole in on the right wing to head Jack 0’Donnell’s corner to the roof of Darragh Russell’s net.
And Jordan Gallagher came within inches of making it 2-0 for Lagan shortly after when he drove over from inside the box.
The goal seemed to spur Kilmacrennan into action and Stephen Black made no mistake from the penalty spot after Jonathan Coady was a adjudged to have handled inside the box.
It seemed a harsh call and came seconds after Oisin Coady seemed to be impeded in the box out on the right hand side of the box,
But Lagan were back in front again four minutes from the half-time break thanks to a super strike from Jack Parke. Parke, who impressed throughout, let fly from 30 yards for a super strike after Lagan had won back possession on the edge of the box and the ball broke to him.
However, Kilmacrennan continued to enjoy their fair share of possession and Caolan Gallagher was desperately unlucky when Darren Ferry got back to take the ball off the line with Oisin Bonner beaten.
Driven on by Oisin Cassidy, by far and away Kilmacrennan’s best player, they continued to press on the resumption and Conor McDaid, after an inch perfect pass from Rory O’Donnell sent him clear, went agonisingly close to tying up the game.
That was on 50 minutes and three minutes later Ethan Coll, seconds after his introduction, pounced for goal number three from Lagan.
And Coll struck again seven minutes from the end to end any hope of a Kilmacrennan comeback.
Lagan were the better side though their 4-1 win was a little flattering for Glenn Gallagher’s boys.
LAGAN HARPS: Oisin Bonner; Jonathan Coady (Shay Harkin 56), Oran Downey, Dylan O’Brien (Jalen Rampose 75), Keenan Diver, Mark McDaid (Eoin O’Connor 51), James Martin (Ethan Coll (51), Jack Parke, Jack O’Donnell (Shay Harkin 67), Jordan Gallagher (Caoimhin Wheeler 51), Darren Ferry.
KILMACRENNAN CELTIC: Darragh Russell;Patrick Tobin (Bobby McGettigan 55), Oisin Cassidy, Caolan Gallagher, Kieran Black, Carlos O’Reilly, Pauric McGinty (Conor Coll 55), Rory O’Donnell, Stephen Black, Stephen McDaid (Conor McFadden h/t), Conor Black.
REFEREE: Vincent McLoughlin.