Salthill Devon New – 22nd March 2017
Salthill Devon U17s overcame a much fancied Tuam Celtic team to reach the final of the Jimmy Sullivan Youths Cup after a memorable 2-1 victory in the semi-final played in Drom last weekend. The Devon boys started the tie as underdogs following 2 losses to their opponents prior to this meeting, however, Devon manager, Mathew Sutton, had them well prepared and focused which was evident from the outset of this performance. Jack Dwyer opened the scoring after a superb solo run but then disaster struck as Salthill were reduced to 10 men shortly before half-time. The County Galway side equalised from resulting free-kick to leave the sides level at half-time and Devon with an up uphill task for the remainder of the game. It was ‘backs to the wall’ stuff for the home team in the second half as they worked tirelessly to keep the visitors at bay but they still managed to conjure chances one of which culminated in Jake Begley heading in the winning goal from an inch perfect cross to send the home crowd into raptures. The home side held on in the final moments to deservedly earn a place in this year’s final. Well done to all the lads and a special mention to club coach, Phil Trill, who assisted in preparing the team for the game. They look forward to the final in the coming weeks.
Salthill Devon’s U15 Premier League team recorded a 3-0 victory away to Tuam Celtic in miserable conditions last weekend to remain in contention for league honours as they cemented their 2nd place position. Mark Brady and Tom Lally’s team will hope to continue their winning ways and reach the final of this year’s Premier Cup when they take on league leaders Colga FC on Saturday in Clarinbridge.
Pat Lawless’s U15 Division 1 team climbed to the top of the table following a hard fought 2-0 win in Drom last Saturday. The first half was scoreless but the home team eventually opened the scoring
mid-way through the second half when Lewis Ferrer beat 3 defenders and slotted the ball past the impressive Cregmore goalkeeper. Adam O Connell completed the scoring when a wonder strike from 25 yards settled in the top right hand corner to ensure the win. This team will win the league if their nearest challengers, Kiltullagh FC, fail to defeat Kinvara in their last game of the season while Salthill have also qualified for the Division Cup Final to be played in Eamonn Deacy Park at a date yet to be determined.
In other news, Salthill Devon had one of the largest groups in last Friday’s St Patricks Day parade in Galway City. The atrocious weather did not curtail the spirit of the boys and girls in the academy and well done to all who took part.
The academy U9s entertained Athenry in Drom last Saturday while this weekend sees a selection of academy teams play Mervue Utd. Training resumes tomorrow and every Saturday morning for the academy from 9:30am. For further details contact Drom on 091 861862.