There were huge celebrations in Mullingar over the weekend as the finals of the U12 and U13 SFAI Subway Championship and Plate took place at the home of Mullingar Athletic.

On Saturday, the opening game saw Cavan/Monaghan and Longford battle it out for the U13 SFAI Subway Plate, and a superb performance from the CMUL youngsters saw them run out 2-1 winners.

U12 and U13 SFAI Subway Finals collage 1920052018

Senan Mullen’s free-kick was the talk of the sideline at the break – his wonderful strike sending the eventual winners in at the interval with a 1-0 lead.

CMUL goalkeeper Bonnie McKiernan was another who stood out, proving a very stern opponent for the likes of Longford’s Rasheed Yeboah and Paddy Moran who tested the young net-minder.

The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Cavan/Monaghan then doubled their tally – this time Adam Tierney was the one who forced the ball over line.

Longford did hit back when Josh Kelly finished excellently after a sweeping move, but the day belonged to CMUL.

Next up was the U12 SFAI Subway Plate Final which featured WWEC and Ahtlone, and it was the latter who emerged victorious, eventually winning 2-0.

Those watching on only had to wait a couple of minutes for the opening goal, Brandon Wykes converting after some lovely control in the box.

His first touch perfectly set the ball up for him to fire past Sean Meade, and Athlone held that advantage at half-time.

WWEC, to their credit, battled their way back into the game, with the likes of Evan Geary and Barry Walsh threatening.

However, a real chance at goal only came when Ty Corcoran headed narrowly over the crossbar.

Had the ball crept in perhaps the end result would have been different, but from there Athlone gathered momentum and eventually made it 2-0 when Thomas Farrell squeezed the ball in at the near post.

On Sunday it was the turn of the DDSL, Mayo and Cork in the U12 and U13 SFAI Subway Championship Finals, with DDSL and Mayo up first in the U12 contest.

And what a battle it was, with Mayo scoring two second half goals to clinch the prize.

It was an incredible game, with the DDSL taking the lead through Ryan Kelly when he put the ball over the line at the back post.

Anthony Dodd impressed immensely in the centre for the Dubliners, acting as the pivot for the team to turn defence into attack, but he could only watch on in the second half as Mayo fought back.

Gavin Forry, who picked up the Player of the Match Award, was instrumental in the comeback, while it was Eoin Elding who equalised with a cool finish after good work on the left.

POTM U12 and U13 Subway Finals 20052018

Forry then came to the fore, using his pace and power on the left to force an opening for Thomas Morley to score the all-important winner, sending the Mayo players and fans into huge celebrations.

Having watched that game from the sideline, the DDSL U13 team then faced Cork, and they came away 2-1 winners in a tie that sparked into life when Adam Murphy scored a brilliant header.

Jamie Murphy assisted with a whipped cross form the right, and he was a threat throughout, while Franco Umen tried his best on the flank for Cork.

After the break Murphy bagged his second, turning in the ball in after Kevin Zefi had raided down the right and sent in a teasing cross.

Cork hit back from the penalty spot shortly after that courtesy of Joe O’Brien-Whitmarsh, and they pressed late on but another goal did not come as they lost out to their Dublin rivals for a second year.

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