Town’s double dreams dashed

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mountjoy United 2 Fivemiletown United 1

FIVEMILETOWN United's dreams of an U18 double were scuppered by Mountjoy United following a 2-1 defeat to the Omagh side in the Lowry-Corry Cup final last Wednesday.
After clinching the Fermanagh and Western youth division title, Town were on their way to cup success after Scott Johnston's early goal, but goals from Luke Stockdale and Joshua Graham truend the game around for for Mountjoy.
The Omagh boys began full of intent with both Graham and strike-partner namesake Dalton unsettling the 'Town backline in the opening minutes.
Fivemiletown thought they'd unpicked the 'Joy defence after 13 minutes, but Ewan Haire's clever pass to Scott Johnston was pulled back for offside. Five minutes later, Dalton Graham pushed a shot to the wrong side of the goal.
Moments later though and the deadlock would be broken, as Johnston found enough room at the edge of the box to curl a left foot shot beyond Jack Cambell to give Town the lead.
Mountjoy got back on terms in the 33rd minute when a lofted free kick into the box was not dealt with, and the ball fell into the path of defender Luke Stockdale, who had the simplest of tasks from several yards out.
Five minutes later, Mountjoy had turned the game in their favour when again Dalton Graham linked up with Joshua Graham, whose low finish from the edge of the box was too strong for Town keeper Adam Brown.
Fivemiletown did have a chance to draw level again just before the interval when Johnston found himself in space, but Mountjoy skipper Ryan McFarland's brilliantly timed tackle denied the equaliser.
Fivemiltown's Kyle McVitty thought he'd done everything right just after the break when he controlled a Dan Moffat cross and maneuvered past 'Joy keeper Jack Campbell, but from a tight angle he couldn't steer the ball home from close range and the Mountjoy lead remained.
The evening's heat began to take their toll on the young players as fatigue set in, and the pace of the game dropped. Johnston was still the main attacking threat for Fivemiletown and he was trying to exert his influence, but to little avail. After jinking through several tackles on 80 minutes, he was bundled over on the edge of the box.
Within scoring range, the resulting free-kick couldn't clear the wall and the chance, along with the game, was lost.
Fivemiletown United - Adam Brown, Padraig Murphy (Dylan Wilson 77), Wayne Nicholl, Joel Little, Reece Smyton, Dan Moffatt, Ewan Haire, Scott Johnston, Rory Lowry (Jordan Harron 80), Kyle McVitty, Dylan Noble (Jamie Keenan 90+4).


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