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DYFC U-13's Shock League Champions in Cup Thriller

CMUL U13 Premier Cup QF: Drumlin Youths FC 1. Monaghan United 0

DYFC U-13's entertained the undefeated league Champions Monaghan United in the cup quarter final on Sunday in Emyvale. The DYFC lads have endured a tough league campaign as the transition to full size pitches & goals has proven to be a difficult learning experience for these 10-12yr olds.

In contrast the opposition have dominated the league remaining unbeaten thus far & with a team dominated with league players. On current form their would only be one result however nobody told the DYFC players & right from the kick-off the tone was set, DYFC went straight onto the attack & continually stretched the Monaghan Utd defence with the hardworking Killian Hackett causing problems with his direct running ably assisted by the subtle skills on Evan Skinnader, Tyler Dynes & Fionnan O Braonain.

In the first half DYFC had the more clearcut opportunities with Jake McGeough coming closest with a drive from the edge of the box that whistled over the bar, At the other end Monaghan Utd were limited to a few scrambles in the box which were mopped up by the DYFC midfield & defence. 

The message from Manager McGeough at halftime was for the DYFC lads to drive forward & support the strikers, as the 2nd half kicked off Monaghan Utd drove forward & only resolute work from the DYFC defence prevented them getting through, gradually the DYFC central midfield of Jake McGeough & Oisin McCaffrey gained control & started to use the ball & played some intricate balls forward to the attacking players, on 44mins DYFC got the breakthrough that they deserved after sustained pressure Jake McGeough lobbed the Monaghan Utd keeper to give DYFC a 1-0 lead.

The response from Monaghan Utd was immediate & it soon became obvious why they are unbeaten all season , attacking from every angle in search of an equaliser they just could not breakdown Oisin O Callaghan & his wonderful defence, crunching tackle after tackle the DYFC full backs of Peter Treanor & Eoin Duffy refused to give an inch, while Tiernan McGuare & Nathan McGeough performed like season pros dealing comfortably with everything that was thrown at them.

At the final whistle the DYFC lads celebrated among each other & respectfully shook hands with the Monaghan Utd players. This was a momentous victory for this team & the determination shown by the players has been missing all season, this grit as displayed by Fionnan O Braonain who shipped a heavy knock but would not give up was matched by his teammates on the day. 

In the cup semi-final we are drawn away to Cavan Shamrocks, this will be another massive game & the DYFC lads will have to repeat & improve on this performance to maintain their cup run.

Oisin O Callaghan, Eoin Duffy, Nathan McGeough, Tiernan Mc Guare, Peter Treanor, Evan Skinnader, Jake Mc Geough, Oisin Mc Caffrey, Fionnan O Braonain, Killian Hackett, Tyler Dynes, Sean Mc Cabe, James Breslin, Mark Deery, Gary Treanor


DYFC U12’s Fine Their Form

CMUL U12 Premier League: Drumlin Youths FC 3 Ballyjamesduff FC 2

DYFC U12’s put in a huge team effort on Saturday last in the parish field grounds to overcome a strong BJD team 3 goals to 2. Premier league been tough for this young side but last Saturday everyone just clicked and could of popped up with 6/7 goals on the day.  Some early shots from Ben O Brien and Jack Murphy really pushed BJD back into their own half of the field with DYFC Defence pushing high up the field.  Shae McKenna slotted home DYFC first goal with some find display from Ben and Jack. BJD came closed near the 20 minute mark and their equalizer came with a fine finish. DYFC kept up the pressure and 2 minutes from half time, Jack Murphy popped up with a fine goal after a long clearance from Caloan Tracy and neat past by shae mc kenna to push Murphy through.

Second half started steady with James McKenna covering very part of the pitch. Peter and Liam were solid in defence and Sean McCabe in goals was super when called on to pull of some fine saves. Alervo Mango was always a treat and unlucky not to score on the day. Shae Helferty came on for an injured James McKenna and was soon in the action with a fine goal after an assist from Shae McKenna to put DYFC 3 – 1 up. Oisin Skinnder came on and was also a threat from the start But BJD started to pile on the pressure and attack after attack came flooding in and with 5 minutes to go, they made it 3-2. DYFC held on till the final whistle went to get their first 3 points this year. well done lads and manager Kieran McKenna. Team on the day was: Sean McCabe, Peter Trenaor, Caloan Tracy, Ben O Brien, Shae Mc Kenna, James McKenna, Liam Trenaor, Jack Murphy, Alervo Mango, Shae Helferty, Oisin Skinnder