Shelbourne FC 1-3 Longford Town
Our U19s finished the season on a high with a superb 3-1 win away to Champions League hopefuls Shelbourne. First half goals from Daryl Carrigy & Daniel Smith and one from Karl Chambers mid way through the second period saw our lads record an impressive away victory under the watchful eye of Tony Cousins.
The Town started the game very well and should have been ahead as early as the 6th minute as Daryl Carrigy raced through on goal but saw his effort glance past the post. On 10 minutes though. he would make amends. A great move down the left saw Daniel Smith cross to the back post to the excellent Gary Naghten who cleverly headed down for Carrigy to volley home. Our lads where well on top and doubled there lead soon after. A great interception in midfield from Jordan Roe released Carrigy and he reversed a magnificent through ball to Daniel Smith who from a tight angle finished brilliantly to double Town's lead. The home side grew into it towards the end of the half and had there first effort on goal in the 34th minute, but Town saw out the half comfortably.
Shels started well second period and put on some pressure but our lads always looked dangerous on the break with Daryl Carrigy getting in behind on numerous occasions but not been able to add to his tally. Karl Chambers then put town 3 up. A great interception from Naghten allowed Chambers through on goal and he managed to lift the ball over the keeper from 20 yards. The home side did pull one back with 20 mins remaining but our lads defended resolutely to see out the game and take the three points.
Comments from Town U19 manager, Mark Connors
"Obviously very pleased with the performance from the boys. I thought we were excellent from start to finish. It was maybe our most complete performance and was a compilation of a lot of the things we have been trying to do all season coming together. Most of all I was delighted for the boys to get the result there efforts deserved. It means we have continued to improve every season and have got more points per game than the season before. We have some really good younger players in the group and where really looking forward to the longer season next year. I would like to thank all the players & staff for the efforts this season, and wish those players whose time with us the very best of luck in the future"