Aisling Annacotty pip Pike Rovers in Ger Ryan Cup final

Aisling Annacotty pip Pike Rovers in Ger Ryan Cup final

Christy O'Dwyer of LDL presents the Ger Ryan Cup to Aisling captain Killian Moloney

Aisling Annacotty captured the Ger Ryan Youth Cup with a well deserved 2-1 win over rivals Pike Rvs at Jackman Park on Thursday evening.

After winning 4-1 in a game between the sides two weeks back, Pike were strong favourites going into the tie.

However they came up against an Aisling side that showed more hunger and commitment on the night.

Aisling took a 1-0 lead in at the break after Ben Kennedy's shot was deflected into the path on top scorer Tommy Canty who fired to the back of the net.

Pike did improve after the break and got back on terms when Barry Coleman's shot struck a bundle of bodies on the ground to ricochet  over the line.

However rather than crumble Aisling struck back within minutes to regain the lead.

Ben Kennedy showed great strength to break away from tow physically stronger Pike defenders before showing a deft touch to knock the ball past the advancing keeper.

A rock solid Aisling defence in which Sean Madden was particularly impressive, held Pike at bay until the final whistle.

Aisling Annacotty: Oisin Hayes; Sean Madden; Gabriel O'Dwyer; Graham Bourke; James White; Sean O'Kane; Dylan O'Neill; Peter O'Grady; Tommy Canty; Ben Kennedy; Killian Moloney. Subs: Tom Ryan; Jack Canny; Rob Lazarut; Adam Belazi; Mark Collins; Cathal Murphy; Dean Callinane

Pike Rvs: Adam Doherty; Jason Keane; Ronan Cahill; Adam Lipper; Evan Hudner; TJ O'Dwyer; James Lyons; Barry Coleman; Kyle Duhig; Cian Power; Brian Thompson. Subs: Ben Doherty; Sean Reed Wasik; Ollie Plunket; Ethan Butler; Brandon Guiry

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