Stephen Doherty presents cup to Fanad captain Darren McElwaine
Fanad United Youths clinched their second consecutive Donegal Youth League title on Saturday when they defeated Kilmacrennan Celtic Youths 3-2 in a rip roaring game at Traigh-a-Locha.
Fanad United Youths 3
Kilmacrennan Celtic Youths 2
Kilmacrennan had the first effort of the game in the 5th minute when a Ciaran Black header from a free kick produced a fine save from Eoghan Jordan. It was Fanad however who opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Keelan McGroddy pounced on a poor kick out by Darragh Russell and scored at the second attempt.
In the 10th minute Jonah Serrinha showed good skill to set up McGroddy but he fired over when well placed. 3 minutes later Kilmacrennan got an equaliser. Patrick Tobin hit a free kick from out wide into the box which was dropped by Eoghan Jordan and Ciaran Black pounced to score. Fanad did go ahead again on the half hour mark. Referee Marty McGarrigle adjudged that Jonah Serrinha was fouled in the box and Conor McHugh fired home from the spot. It certainly looked like a soft decision however.
Fanad started the 2nd half on the front foot and created a number of chances. 5 minutes into the half, Darragh Greene took a free kick out on the left which deceived everyone in the box but came back off the post and away to safety.
Five minutes later Darren McElwaine hit a free into the box which Padraig McGinty headed over. On the hour mark left back Shaun Kerr hit a fine shot from 25 yards which Darragh Russell done well to save.
Kilmacrennan kept going and got an equaliser with 20 minutes left. A goal kick was flicked on to right back Rhys Mullen who produced a superb finish into the top corner. However they were only level for five minutes as Fanad got the winner in spectacular fashion. Fanad were awarded a free some 35 yards out and Conor McHugh stepped up and fired the ball into the bottom corner. Kilmacrennan then played the last 8 minutes with 10 men as Oisin Cassidy saw red.
Fanad United Youths: Eoghan Jordan, Bernard McGettigan, Shaun Kerr, Fergus Friel, Peter Curran, Conor McHugh, Ryan Toye, Jonah Serrinha, Darren McElwaine, Keelan McGroddy (Darragh Greene 30), Padraig McGinty
Kilmacrennan Celtic Youths: Darragh Russell, Rhys Mullen, Oisin Cassidy, Darragh Doherty, Ciaran Black, Patrick Tobin, Eoin Watson, Oran Winston, Stevie McElwaine, Ciaran Tobin, Ryan McFadden