Waterford League 1 -
Clare League 1
Waterford winger Victor Madurwei heads for goal in the Inter League Youths Cup at Ozier Park on Sunday.
New Balance FAI Inter League Youth Challenge Cup
The Waterford League have advanced into the quarter-finals of the New Balance FAI Inter League Youth trophy after a 1-1 draw against the Clare League on Sunday afternoon last as Anthony Brown’s side came from behind to earn a point.
Clare had the first chance of the game on 11 minutes when Cian McDonagh whipped in a cross from the left that picked out the head of Evan Kelly, but his header was wide of the back post. Conor Whelan was just off target for the visitors soon afterward before Chiby Okoye headed narrowly wide.
James Stack was just off target with a well struck free-kick on 25 minutes before Waterford had their first chance on 38 minutes when Michael Brennan sent in a cross from the left that picked out the run of Stephen Imiren, but his stunning strike was tipped over the bar by Clare keeper Michael Garrihy.
Clare went close just before the sound of the half-time whistle when Conor Whelan got space out on the left but his dangerous cross was well cut out by Waterford goalkeeper Kyle Gahan. The visitors were on top at this stage of the game and Evan Kelly went close on 53 minutes, but his effort flashed inches wide of the target.
Waterford were denied the lead goal by the crossbar four minutes later when Stephen Imiren sent in a cross from the right that met the head of Peter Yaciuk O’Connor, but his close-range header came crashing back off the woodwork.
The lead goal from Clare came sixty seconds later when they won a free kick out on the right that saw Evan Kelly whip in a brilliant delivery to the back post where Harvey Cullinan was on hand to plant a header to the net from close range.
Clare could have doubled their lead on 62 minutes when Evan Kelly took a pass from Conor Whelan, but the left-footed shot from the right-side of the area was just inches wide of the target as they tried to put the game to bed.
Waterford refused to lie down and they got back on level terms on 65 minutes from the penalty spot when Stephen Imiren was brought to ground by Michael Garrihy and it was Niall McSweeney that found the net with a well dispatched spot-kick.
The hosts looked the more likely to grab a winner once getting back on level terms with Michael Brennan, John Kavanagh and Stephen Imiren all going close in the dying minutes but overall a share of the points was a fair outcome.
WATERFORD LEAGUE: Kyle Gahan, Niall McSweeney, John Tamen (Victor Maduweise `18) Liam Barber, Anthony Brown, Peter Yaciuk O’Connor, Conor Butler, Stephen Imiren, John Kavanagh, Billy O’Connor (Callum Stringer `78), Michael Brennan.
CLARE LEAGUE: Michael Garrihy, Alex Collins (Odhran Mearey `80), Michael Ludden (Lee Clohessy `73), Chiby Okoye, Emmett McMahon, Jamie Stack, Evan Kelly, Cian McDonagh (Thomas Coleman `68) Conor Whelan (Manus Doherty `68) Callum McNamara, Harvey Cullinan.
Referee: Ian O’Keeffe assisted by John Falconer and Gary Fitzgerald.