ROCK Celtic under-10s turned the tables on group stage conquerers Bellurgan to clinch the Lee Myles Lucchesi Cup organised by Woodview Celtic at DkIT on Saturday morning.
The seasiers suffered a 2-0 defeat to the red and black in the group stages, but exacted the ultimate revenge in the final to secure the title.
Rock opened their account with a 20 win over Quay Celtic, who ran themselves to a standstill but were outplayed for most of the game.
From the kick off Rock went on the offensive and were rewarded with two brilliant finishes from Fiachra O’Hanlon. Other chances fell to Josh Hanna, Mark Leavy, and Senan Carroll but some great goalkeeping and courageous defending by Quay kept the score respectable.
Rock suffered a blip in their second game, going down 2-0 to Bellurgan. Early Rock chances fell to Hanna, O’Hanlon and Leavy but Rock were unable to make the breakthrough and were hit with a sucker punch when the Bellurgan defence played the ball up field to their star forward Dillon Quinn who coolly dispatched to the net. Another long range shot from Quinn took a wicked deflection to make it make it 2-0.
Muirhevnamor struggled to deal with Rock’s skill and pace in their third game. Shots flew in from all angles, but with the Muirhevnamor keeper in outstanding form form the teams remained level at half time. Early in the second half Rock made the breakthrough when Fiachra O’Hanlon popped up with a near post finish to make it 1-0. Soon after Josh Hanna picked up the ball close to the half way line, took a step inside the opposition midfielder, looked up and into the top corner.
Not happy with their lot, Rock went in search of more & were rewarded with another super finish, this time from Dara Quinn.
Assured goalkeeping from Jamie Callen and some great tackling from Mark Gallaher, Adam Hoban and Gavin Lynch set the tone as Rock totally dominated theeir semi-final against Kells Blackwater. Steve Kamtchou, Dara Quinn, Josh Hanna and Fiachra O’Hanlon were in control in midfield while Conor Monghan had a great game up front. Amazingly, Kells somehow managed to take the lead with a superb free kick, but that stirred the seasiders into a further onslaught and two brilliant goals from Mark Leavy saved the day.
The final served up a hotly anticipated re-match with Bellurgan, who buoyed on by their earlier win fancied their chances. Two great saves by Jamie Callan, one that appeared to be heading into the bottom corner, ensured a third clean sheet of the day and another dominant defensive display by the Rock totally frustrated the Bellurgan forward line. The midfield of Steve Kamtchou, Dara Quinn, Fiachra O’Hanlon and Josh Hanna owned the ball for large spells in what was the team’s best performance of the day.
A stunning goal from Steve Kamtchou broke the deadlock early in the second half and Rock doubled their lead following a piece of magic from Mark Leavy, calmly curled a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area, putting the seal on a fine victory and the title for Rock.
Rock Celtic: Jamie Callan, Adam Hoban, Mark Gallagher, Gavin Lynch, Josh Hanna, Dara Quinn, Fiachra O’Hanlon, Steve Kamtchou, Sennan Carroll, Conor Monaghan, Mark Leavy.