RDYSL win historic Kennedy Shield

The Roscommon & District Youth Schoolboys League made history on Saturday last when they captured the representative side’s first Kennedy Cup success by winning the Kennedy Shield.

An impressive 2-1 win over Dundalk at the University of Limerick brought home the first ever piece of silverware for the league since the competition was established in 1976.

St. John’s Athletic player, Cathal Ferry, scored both his side’s goals as they held on to beat the Louth side.

Coach Stephen Murphy said the result was a culmination of his side’s hard work throughout the competition.

“It was a great competition for us and we were competitive all the way. We started out as the 31st seed of 32 teams in the Kennedy Cup, based on previous results,” he said.

“In our group, we beat Mayo in Lecarrow and we were very competitive in our two defeats to Galway and top seeds, the Midlands.

“In the knockout rounds we beat Limerick away and then had a 4-0 win over North Eastern Counties (NEC).

“They were a great squad to work with, and they embraced the idea of playing the game without fear. It was fantastic to watch them pass the ball out from the back and work it through the lines even when under pressure.

“It was a great campaign overall and really satisfying to win our first piece of silverware and condemn that record to history,” he concluded.

RDYSL panel: Alan Conroy, Conor Kennedy, Freddie Kelly, Eoin Morgan, Eoin Collins (all Ballymoe FC), Sean Óg Bergin, Kevin Hester (both Castlerea Celtic), Diathí Gannon (Cloonfad United), Michael O’Hagan, Iarlaith O’Toole, Dylan Joyce (all Glen Celtic), Leo Anic, Ciarán Mulry, Aaron Bracken (all Roscommon Town), Donnacha Monaghan (Skyvalley Rovers), Paul O’Sullivan, Cathal Ferry, Seanie McDermott (all St. John’s Athletic), Tadhg Morris, Sean McDonnell (both Strokestown United).

Management: Stephen Murphy, Kevin Morgan, Stevie Joyce. Head of Academy: Paul Greene. League Secretary: Padraic Clarke.