Warrenpoint Town Under 18s progressed to the National League Cup Final last Friday evening when they defeated Crusaders Under 18s 5-2 in Seaview .Warrenpoint Town went into this game as underdogs but they played their best game of the season to run out worthy winners. The opening goal came after 15 minutes when a poor clearance by the Crusaders goalkeeper fell to Keelan Mc Parland just inside the Crusaders half and he controlled it with one touch and with his second he cleverly lobed the keeper from all of 40 yards. The lead was however short lived as an uncharacteristic mix up in the Point defence between goalkeeper Adam Mc Alpine and Danny Mc Avoy lead to the equalizer being scored by the Crusaders centre forward. Warrenpoint to their credit continued to press Crusaders all over the pitch and centre forward Andy Fox and partner Matty Henning were creating opportunities and it was Henning who restored the Points lead when he curled a lovely shot into the top right hand corner of the net. Things got even better for the Point when the referee awarded them a free kick just outside the penalty area and Robbie Mc Ateer stepped up and hit a wonderful shot that the Crusaders keeper couldn’t keep out to make it 3-1. With moments remaining to go till half time a corner kick taken by Robbie Mc Ateer was met by the impressive James Magowan as he out jumped his marker and he superbly headed home from close range. Crusaders started the second half the stronger of the two teams and pushed to get themselves back into the game and Adam Mc Alpine was called into action on a number of occasions. The Point defence of Tieran Saul, Aaron Keogh,Danny Mc Avoy and Ethan Power were strong and courageous as they soaked up constant pressure but there was nothing they could do when the referee awarded a penalty after the Adam Mc Apine was deemed to have apprehended the Crusaders centre forward and he converted the resulting penalty into the bottom right hand corner of the net . With time running out James Magowan swung in a cross from the right hand side and he found Liam Mathers who calmly headed home to seal a well deserved 5-2 win and put the lads into the Final where they will meet Coleraine ,date and venue to be confirmed.
Man of the match was James Magowan who had an outstanding game in central midfield. (pictured below)
Our U18s produced an excellant display against Crusaders. Hopefully the first team can produce a similar display this coming Monday (26 March) when we play host to title chasing Crusaders at the Q Radio Arena. This match will be LIVE on Sky Sports. We are very excited as this is our first ever live television broadcast. Kick-off: 7.45pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.
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