Eircom FAI U21 Futsal League

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Futsal round-up: UCD edge out Bohs in 25 goal thriller

UCD have jumped to the top of the eircom U-21 Futsal League after defeating Bohemians in a remarkable 25 goal thriller. The Students edged out Bohs 13 - 12 in the highest scoring game to date.

UCD claimed top spot in the league after previously unbeaten Bray Wanderers were defeated 8 - 5 by St. Patrick's Athletic. Bray are now in second spot, one point ahead of Bohemians. There is just one series of fixtures to go before the league breaks into two semi-finals, which will determine which teams will contest the league final on April 29th in the National Basketball Arena.

Dundalk 2 Shamrock Rovers 11

SHAMROCK ROVERS are one point away from securing a top four slot in the eircom FAI Under-21 Futsal League as a result of this victory.

The Hoops mathematically need that single point from their final fixture to be sure of beating St Patrick’s Athletic into the play-offs.

But Dave Campbell’s side enjoy a superior goal difference to the Saints and know that should St Pats fail to beat Bohs they this weekend they will qualify anyway.

A hat-trick from Stephen Donegan and doublts from Glen Walsh, Stephen Maher, Mark Langtry and Dave Vickery gave Rovers the three points against the Lilywhites.

That was an impressive haul for Rovers considering some of their key players, including Ciaran Kilduff and Dane Massey, were away in the US playing in the Dallas Cup tournament.

But the overall score-line was more than unfortunate for Dundalk, who enjoyed a huge amount of possession but failed to turn it into goals.

Colin Finan and Tiernan Mulvenna found the net for Tommy Connolly’s Lilywhites.

Dundalk - Donal Greene; Paddy O'Connor, Stefan McKevitt, Liam Crawley, Colin Finan, Barry Woods, Shane Grimes, Tiernan Mulvenna. Goals: Finan Mulvenna.

Shamrock Rovers - John Perkins; Dave Vickery, Mark Langtry, Darren Murphy, Glen Walsh, Stephen Donegan, Stephen Maher. Goals: Donegan 3, Vickery 2, Langtry 2, Walsh 2, Maher 2.

Drogheda Utd (4) 6 Monaghan Utd (0) 2

DROGHEDA UNITED maintained their slim hopes of reaching the final four of the eircom FAI Under-21 Futsal League with a comprehensive victory over Monaghan United.

Sami Ristila’s Drogheda got off to a great start with Paul Matondo snatching two goals in the first five minutes.

Sean Brennan then made it 3-0 three minutes later then Jamie Walsh tapped home number four.

Tommy Toal pulled one back for Monaghan early in the second half.

Jamie Walsh restored Drogheda’s four goal advantage with a nice turn and finish with seven minutes left and Brennan made it 6-1 with two minutes left.

Shane Reavey grabbed a second for Monaghan but Thomas Carthy responded immediately for Drogheda to wrap up the scoring.

Drogheda Utd: Gabriel Sava; Paul Cobbe, Jamie Walsh, Monday Awoyimi, Thomas Carthy, Sean Brennan. Goals: Matondo 2, Brennan 2, Walsh, Carthy.

Monaghan Utd: Ronan McGann; Tommy Toal, Finbar Heffernan, Niall Flynn, Paddy Finnegan, Shane Reavey, Stephen Finnegan, Mark O’Connor. Goals: Toal.

Bohemians (2) 12 UCD (5) 13

UCD clinched their place in the final four of the eircom Under-21 Futsal League after winning a real nail-biter at IT Blanchardstown.

The Students got off to a blistering start with Eoin O’Cinneide and David Last each causing plenty of damage early on.

O’Cinneide in particular was a major influence in an impressive opening half which saw Bohs trail 5-2 at the break.

Brian Kelly and Philip McDonagh gave the Gypsies hope with two decent finishes early in the second half but then Timmy Purcell clicked into gear and grabbed four classy finishes.

With mercurial talent Alan Lynch producing a couple of clever strikes, Bohs kept plugging away looking to get back into the tie.

But when Ian Bermingham grabbed his second of the day followed by O’Cinneide’s third, the Students kept their noses in front.

Still Bohs fought back and even after Last clinched his hat-trick, Lynch took his tally for the afternoon to six to bring it back to 10-12.

Purcell then grabbed his fifth but Philip McDonagh smashed a beauty into the top corner to take it to 11-13 before Michael Mooney cut the lead to one with 25 seconds left.

Bohemians: Vincent Smith; Cillian O’Grady, James Lee, Brian Kelly, Michael Mooney, Ciaran Foy, Sean Trout, Philip McDonagh, Alan Lynch.
Goals: Lynch 6, McDonagh 2, O’Grady, Kelly, Mooney.

UCD: Darren Forsyth; Ger O’Callaghan, Ian Bermingham, Timmy Purcell, David Last, Declan O’Donnell, Eoin O’Cinneide, Scott Weir.
Goals: Purcell 5, Last 3, O’Cinneide 3, Bermingham 2.

Bray Wanderers (3) 5 St Patrick’s Ath (5) 8

ST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC kept their hopes of reaching the last four of the eircom FAI Under-21 Futsal League alive when they ended Bray’s unbeaten record today.

Wanderers took the lead after just 30 seconds with a close range finish from Gary McCabe but Kevin Cornwall equalised two minutes later.

McCabe put the Seagulls back in front but then two finishes from Joey Hayden gave the Saints the lead for the first time and then Cornwall brought it up to 4-2.

It was McCabe again who kept Bray in the hunt, producing an excellent turn and finish to the bottom corner in the eighth minute.

Anthony Costigan took the St Pat’s advantage back up to two with six minutes left in the half and the Saints went in 5-3 up at the break.

After eight minutes without a goal in the second half, McCabe finally reduced the St Pat’s lead back down to one with a lovely finish.

Cornwall put the Saints 6-4 in front with seven minutes left when he smashed home a low free-kick then he picked up his fourth of the afternoon three minutes later.

McCabe grabbed his fifth goal of the day to keep Bray in touch but Cornwall responded immediately to make it 8-5 to the Saints.

Bray Wanderers: Gavin Snodgrass; John Meagher, Sean Fitzgerald, Niall Merriman, Gary McCabe, John Broderick, Robbie Manley. Goals: McCabe 5.

St Patrick’s Athletic: Darragh Moore; Anthony Costigan, Nigel Pearson, Brian Rooney, Joey Hayden, Adam El Fridah, Kevin Cornwall,
16 Barry Slattery, 6 Ross O’Toole. Goals: Cornwall 5, Hayden 2, Costigan

6 goal burst sees Lynch rocket up the chart
A double hat-trick at the weekend has seen Bohs man Alan Lynch climb to second in the top scorer list in the eircom U-21 Futsal League.

Six goals against UCD at the weekend brings Lynch's tally for the season to 14. However, Ciaran Kilduff of Shamrock Rovers is still setting the pace for the goalscorers, with a remarkable 17 goals to his name so far in the tournament. UCD's Tim Purcell, who put five past Bohs at the weekend, is in third place with 13 goals.

Leading scorers:
Goals - Name Surname (Club)
17 - Ciaran Kilduff (Shamrock Rovers)
14 - Alan Lynch (Bohemians)
13 - Tim Purcell (UCD)
12 - David O'Sullivan (Bray Wanderers)
10 - Adam Crowther (St. Patrick's Athletic)
07 - Mark Langtry (Shamrock Rovers)
07 - Niall Merriman (Bray Wanderers)
07 - Sean Trout (Bohemians)
07 - Barry Woods (Dundalk)
06 - Aaron Timmons (Drogheda United)

Going into the final series of matches before the top four sides break away to play two semi-finals and a final, the league table looks like this: click here to see it

Next weekend's fixtures will take place on Saturday April 7th at the National Basketball Arena:

Drogheda United vs Shamrock Rovers (12noon)
Bray Wanderers vs UCD (1:15pm)
Dundalk vs Monaghan United (2:30pm)
Bohemians vs St. Patrick's Athletic (3:45pm

Posted by Luca Ranocchiari --> luca.ranocchiari@futsalplanet.com


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