SFAI U-16 Skechers Cup: Belvedere FC 0-1 Cabinteely FC U-16 Premier
Our DDSL U-16 Premiers are through to the last sixteen of the SFAI Skechers Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Belvedere FC in the Clontarf Astro Complex.

In a repeat of last weekend’s SFAI Regional cup semi-final which saw Cabinteely run out 5-2 winners, Belvedere appeared to start the livelier. However it didn’t take long for Cabo to grow into the game with the movement of forward pair Billy Hendley and Oran Molony causing problems for the home side’s back four, with the latter heading over from close range after good work down the left by Eoghan Murphy.

The Belvedere goalkeeper was then tested again when Luke Dunne, a constant threat from dead-ball situations throughout, hit the target with his first free-kick of the game, forcing it to be palmed over the crossbar for a corner.

Down the other end of the pitch, Tottenham Hotspur FC bound Troy Parrot offered the biggest threat for the home side. Dropping deep to receive the ball, he was afforded little space by the Cabinteely defence with Jack Doran keeping him close throughout the majority of the match.

When Parrot did find himself some time to get his shot away his efforts were thwarted by goalkeeper Andy Lee Mitchell, who dove to his left preventing the Belvedere forward’s long-range shot from hitting the back of the net.

Then Cabinteely finally broke the deadlock with less than five minutes to go in the first half.

With more great work down the left-hand side of the pitch, the Belvedere goalkeeper found himself out of position as Molony’s header over the outrushing keeper seemed destined to put his side in the lead. An impressive last-ditch slide from one of the home side’s defenders prevented the ball from crossing the line, before Hendley’s impressive work to win the ball back set up the opportunity for left winger Eoghan Murphy to put the ball in the back of the net.

The second half saw a more aggressive attacking performance from Belvedere, forcing Cabinteely to defend quite deep at times. Andy Lee Mitchell was forced to pull off a string of impressive saves throughout before being judged to have fouled inside his own 18-yard area giving Parrot the opportunity to equalise from the spot with ten minutes to go.

A key moment in the game, the forward’s powerful penalty was struck high and right but Lee Mitchell, diving to his left, stretched out his right arm to pull off a fantastic save to round off a brilliant performance.

Cabinteely had several chances in the last moments of the game to kill off the tie but in the end their work was already complete.

The lads will host Crumlin United FC in the next round with the tie due to take place on February 18.

Squad: Andy Lee Mitchell, Ben Jackson, Jamie Nelson, Jack Doran, Paddy Glennon, Oggy Lovic, Jack Lundy, Oran Molony, Billy Hendley, Luke Dunne, Sam O’Catháin, Saul Roe, Eoghan Murphy, Tom Murphy, Adam Byrne and Charlie Dunne. Mentors: Dave Knight, Wes Moloney and Scott Lowrie.

Some great performances and deserved results by this hard-working squad!