Rossglass County Under 11s produced their best performance of the season to win by four goals to one over a luckless Tollymore United at Dunleath Park on Saturday and now look forward to the Shield Cup Final.
A fired up Rossglass team got this Shield Cup semi-final off to the perfect start when Ryan Toner stole in through the Tollymore defence to calmly put County one up. Almost immediately after that Aidan Brannigan also found himself one on one with the Tollymore keeper before slotting home a second.
Rossglass continued to create chances with the best of these falling to striker Mark Curran who was working tirelessly up front. Curran fired narrowly wide following some great interplay between Codey Hutchinson and Aidan Brannigan down the right flank.
Just when it seemed that the floodgates might open, Tollymore mounted their fight back and it was a cracking goal that gave Patrick Hutchinson in the Rossglass goal absolutely no chance. That meant there was only one goal between the two sides at half-time and it was a nip and tuck affair after the break. The next goal was crucial and the County defence came under some pressure but KJ McCullough marshalled a the backline superbly thwarting numerous attacks.
At the other end Codey Hutchinson was terrorising the Tollymore defence as the diminutive attacker repeatedly found space down the left wing and it was from there that he cut in to clip the ball home from close range to claim the third and to ease Rossglass nerves. From that point on County dominated and it was rampaging midfielder Shay Curran who finally ended the encounter as a contest with a typically strong run into the Tollymore box before smashing the ball into the net to confirm County’s progression.
Well done Damien and all the boys.
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