McMullan Shield Final 2019

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Fermanagh and Western Schools U14 McMullan Shield Final

Devenish College 3 - 1 Omagh High School

Congratulations to our U14 Football team who recorded a 3-1 win in the Fermanagh and Western Schools McMullan Shield Final this morning. The game was played at a sunny Fisher Park in Ballinamallard against a very good Omagh High School team. With both teams drawing in the group matches of this competition the game promised to be a close and entertaining spectacle and it did not disappoint.

The game started with intensity with the mid-field battle proving to be crucial as both teams tried to get the upper hand. Devenish were edging the contest however Omagh always looked dangerous on the break. The Devenish attack were finding the Omagh defence hard to break down with their experienced centre back cutting out numerous attacks.

It took twenty minutes for the first score to be registered, when a Danny Wilson free-kick was expertly delivered into the box, with Alex Brownlee making a great run behind the defence and heading home from five yards.

Omagh responded positively and found an extra gear breaking down their left wing and Craig Hughes and Alex Brownlee had to be at their best to clear the danger.

The high intensity of the game was beginning to show with more space opening up on the pitch, however this played into the hands of our boys who used the space effectively with James Taylor holding the ball up and linking the play with his teammates.

Half-time seen a reshuffle with the introduction of Ethan Thompson and this brought some extra energy to the Devenish attack. Alex Magee dropped into mid-field and he had a super second half creating numerous chances. Jay Taylor helped break-up play and won a number of corners which increased the pressure on the Omagh side.

The wing backs Scott Wallace and Rory Browne also showed great composure to clear a number of dangerous attacks as Omagh battled to get a foothold in the game.

With 10 minutes of the second half gone an Alex Magee Corner found Craig Hughes in space and he headed home powerfully to double the lead.

Again Devenish found an extra gear and their passing game led by Danny Wilson was starving Omagh of possession. Omagh were opting for the long ball, however the Devenish defence proved solid.

A direct run up the middle from Jay Taylor forced a defensive slip-up and he capitalised using his strength to get behind the defenders and his strike from 25 yards floated over the keeper into the net putting our lads 3 ahead.

Omagh did not let their heads drop and rallied again with a long ball into the box finding their striker and a smart finish past Jay Mackey in the Devenish goal brought the score to 3-1.

In the remaining minutes the game opened up with the pace beginning to tell, however Ethan Thompson came close to scoring, as did Jack Gordon who worked tirelessly, however the final whistle brought the game to a close.

Mr Mowbray presented the medals to both teams with Captain Alex Brownlee collecting the Shield on behalf of his team.

Jay Taylor was awarded the player of the match for another outstanding performance for the team.

The McMullan shield will return to Devenish College for the 3rd Year running which is testament to the quality young players coming through the junior school.

Thanks must go to referee Craig Holley who marshalled the game very well and to Ballinamallard Football Club for the use of their top class facilities.

Thanks also to the large number of students, parents and family members who travelled to support the team it was greatly appreciated.

Thanks must also go to the Omagh High School squad for another excellent final which was a fine advertisement for schools football.

Finally congratulations to all the boys in the squad who have played this year, the standard of football throughout the competition has been fantastic.