Lehane strike secures cup for super City

Robert Lehane’s 80th-minute header captured the Enda McGuill Cup for Cork City U19s as they beat Dundalk in a cracking final at Oriel Park.

Lehane powered home Ross McCarthy’s right-wing cross from 12-yards to complete the league and cup double.

Dundalk were handed a dream start after just three minutes when Michael Osobe lashed home a volley after Glen Trainor’s cross was only half cleared.

The visitors responded well and deservedly drew level in the 19th minute when man of the match, Gary Buckley, smashed an exquisite 25-yard half-volley into the top right-hand corner.

They went in front after 35 minutes when centre-back Eoghan Murphy planted a free header past the helpless Farrelly. Then Dundalk equalised on the stroke of half-time, when Bob McKenna fired home for his 30th goal of the campaign.

However, Lehane popped up with the crucial late strike to give the Leesiders a deserved victory.

DUNDALK U19: Farrelly; Trainor (McDonald 88), Thomas, Byrne, McLaughlin; Martin (Brady 90), Keena, Osobe (McSorley 84), Leavy; McKenna, Reilly.

CORK CITY U19: Browne; Joyce, Murphy, Carroll, Forde; McCarthy, Kavanagh (O’Connell 75), Buckley, Kenny; Morrissey (Collins 82), Lehane.

Referee: Adrian Reile (Dublin).


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