Enda McGuill champions

The Bohemians U19s have been crowned Enda McGuill Cup winners after a 1-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic at Dalymount Park this evening.

A suburb finish from Jamie Mullins after 52 minutes was the difference between the sides in an entertaining decider.

Bohs, who lost out on penalties in the final of this competition away to Derry City this time last year, were by far the superior side in the opening 45 minutes with James McManus and Mullins causing problems for the Saints.

And Bohs started the second half in a similar vein with Mullins pouncing seven minutes in to rifle his shot past St Pat’s keeper Kian Clements.

His opposite number Reece Byrne was the busier of the two netminders for the remainder of the game but his efforts, and those of a resilient Bohs defence in front of him, kept the visitors at bay.

After the game, Bohs Head Coach Seán L’Estrange said: “It really was a game of two halves! We were absolutely brilliant in the first half but just couldn’t get the breakthrough.

“We went in at half-time and felt that if we persevered we would find it and to be fair to Jamie Mullins, what a finish for the goal.

“St Pat’s put us under serious pressure in the second half but I thought we showed great resilience to see out the game.

“There was a great Bohemians spirit about the performance throughout and that’s what we wanted to see from them.

“I’m delighted for the lads – some of these players went so close to winning it last year that I felt they really deserved to have something to show this season for all their efforts.

“There’s a lot of that team who will be playing U19s football again next season and they’re already out there talking about retaining it next season.”

Bohemians: Reece Byrne, Gavin O’Brien, Derinsola Adewale, Jake McCormack, Cian Byrne (C), Alex O’Brien (Rudhan Kane 90), Jack O’Reilly (Jamie Doyle 64), James McManus, Nickson Okosun (Peter Brogan 83), Jamie Mullins (Darragh Murtagh 85),  Aaron Doran.

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