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Bridge United showcased their dominance on the pitch as they secured a comprehensive 3-0 triumph over Bridge Celtic in the final of the Micheal O’Gorman Youths Cup. This resounding victory not only earned them the coveted cup but also sealed the Youths League and Cup Double, marking a remarkable achievement for the team.
Right from the start of the game, Bridge United exhibited their superiority, creating a flurry of opportunities that were only thwarted by exceptional goalkeeping and resilient defending. Darragh Hayes, in particular, can count himself unlucky, with the opposing goalkeeper pulling off two remarkable saves and a defender making a crucial goal-line clearance to deny him a goal.
It was Ryan Perez who eventually broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute. Racing onto a precise through ball from Cian Austin, Perez calmly slipped the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper, igniting the scoring for Bridge United. Despite Bridge Celtic’s occasional dangerous breaks, Bridge United remained untroubled at the back. A Defensive six prevented threatening situations from arising and were instrumental in starting Bridge United’s attacks. The solid backline of Kyle Kirby, Niall Liddane, Liam Flynn and Luc FitzPatrick, complemented by goalkeeper Finn Murphy, ably protected by Dominic Griffin at CDM, ensured their opponents remained goalless throughout the match.
In the 35th minute, a well-placed through ball from Kyle Kirby found Jack O’Halloran, who maneuvered past challenges and exhibited composure to extend Bridge United’s lead. Merely two minutes later, Cian Austin showcased his acceleration, darting into the penalty area from a Jack O’Halloran through ball, only to be brought down. Undeterred, he converted the ensuing penalty with precision, sending the goalkeeper in the wrong direction.
Although Bridge United failed to capitalize on several chances in the second half, they continued to dominate the game. Darragh Hayes and Cian Austin both came close to adding to the scoreline but were denied by the opposing goalkeeper. Ryan Perez’s effort from outside the box also posed a threat, with Brendan Carey and Darragh Hayes teaming up to trouble the Celtic goalkeeper, who showcased impressive saves to keep the scoreline from further ballooning.
Bridge United’s control over the game remained unyielding as they made use of their full complement of substitutes. Even with fresh legs on the field, Bridge United never relinquished their grip on the match, affirming their status as worthy champions. The team’s hard work in the first half laid the foundation for their victory, and they were full value for their triumph.
Ryan Perez (22 mins)
Jack O’Halloran (35 mins)
Cian Austin (penalty) (38 mins)