This Sunday at 2.30pm, Straide & Foxford United will take on Swinford in the U21 Division 2 Final at Solar 21 Park.
Swinford have remained unbeaten throughout the league campaign and reached the final with a 3-2 win after extra-time over Ballinrobe Town in the semi-final a few weeks ago. They are the top scorers in the competition scoring forty-six goals in just seven games while they have also been defensively strong conceding only ten goals in that time.
Callum Cairns and Conor Devaney have led the way in-front of goal with twelve goals each while others like Adorn Biju, Joe Brennan and Martin Murphy have been some of their best performers. Brennan has formed part of a strong defensive structure led by Ewan O’Grady in goal and Tj Groarke, Daniel Harrington and Matthew Devaney making up the rest of the back four.
Cian Reddington the League Three Player of the Month for August was one of their most influential players in their extra-time win over Ballinrobe Town as he came off the bench to score an equaliser before Cairns hit the winner with two minutes remaining.
Straide & Foxford United reached the final with a 1-0 win over Killala and made the semi-final stage with four wins from six league games. Nathan Boukioud got the winner against Killala and the striker has been the form player for Brian Wallace and Aiden Flatley’s side scoring ten goals so far while Kian Walsh and Connor Hanahoe have also chipped in with their fair share of goals.
Boukioud, Walsh, Eoghan Raniey, Cormac Turnbull and the impressive Kienan Smyth are all regular members of Aiden Flatley’s Premier Division side and they will need these players to be at their best if they are to prevail this weekend. The presence of Cian McHale in the squad is sure to give them a lift as the talented player has the ability to make a big difference now that he is available for selection.
When the two sides met earlier in the season Swinford ran out 7-3 winner’s but anyone that was at that game will remember that Swinford scored four of those goals in the final fifteen minutes. Swinford may be the side that come into this unbeaten and the favourites to pick up the cup on Sunday evening but they will be aware that their neighbours have enough quality in their squad to end the season with the bragging rights.
Straide & Foxford United v Swinford (Solar 21 Park, Castlebar, Sunday 2.30pm)