BALDOYLE UNITED 4 DARNDALE 1
Scott LARKIN Aaron TROY Jack McDERMOT Luca ROMANO
A slow start from the boys could easily have been punished by a goal in the first minute and a corner conceded was lucky.
Still in the first ten minutes Baldoyle had yet to find their rhythm when Darndale struck with an unstoppable left foot drive.
Keeper Michael Eustace could do nothing to stop the goal during his brilliant performance.
Baldoyle were stung and hit back five minutes later with a break on the left involving Jack McDermot, Adam O Rourke and Aaron Troy resulting in a cross neatly tapped in by Scott Larkin to level the score.
From then United increased the pace to a level that had Darndale exhausted with brilliant midfield performances from Alex Whelan, Hayden O’ Neill, Callum Doyle and Jack Ranson.
Any threat from Darndale was quickly dealt with by outstanding central defending from Alex Duffy and Luca Romano and Alex McEleney.
Baldoyle were close to a half time lead when Alex Whelan’s left foot drive bounced back off the cross bar.
After the break Darndale were struggling with the pace Baldoyle had set but remained competitive and caused some nervous moments early in the second half.
But the pace took it’s toll and after a moment’s panic in the Baldoyle area the ball went to Alex Whelan who out paced the Darndale right side and released the unguarded Aaron Troy who took a touch to control and his finish was perfect.
Minutes later Jack Ranson won another typically tigrish tackle in midfield within seconds Jack McDermott was clean though and a calm finish gave Baldoyle some breathing space with 7 minutes left.
Darndale didn’t give in and continued to attack right to the end causing more skirmishes in the Baldoyle area, the last of which saw a break out from Aaron Troy whose cross pinged around the Darndale box before Luca Romano finished neatly for a 4-1 victory.
Fantastic display from the boys who are now clearly benefiting from the coaching of Rob, Stephen and Roberto