League of Ireland
Cavan Monaghan FP-1
A magnificent display from two sides. The points shared. The doom merchants speak of the talent dearth. Up and down the country over the next few months teams will prove them wrong.
FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter had to bang a few heads together to get this league up and running. What he had to bang together to get the u-15s going is best left unsaid. But his persistence is reaping rewards.
The beast from the east cut right through the warmest of garments at the superb St Aidans all-weather facility beside DCU. Bohs and Cav/Mon went about it with a pace and skill that warmed the heart.
For Bohs Thomas Considine and Destiny Idele were bright down the right hand side. They and hard working centre forward Liam McGrath combined for early chances.
Then Gavin Molloy, Dawson Devoy and Francky Hada combined beautifully for McGrath to force a corner. Left full Denis Smith willingly joined the attack and he hit one viciously across goal. Before half time Paddy Moore had two efforts on goal. One flew just over the bar the other was well saved at the near post.
Captain Chris Sombete, Bradley Okaidja and centre forward Aaron McCabe were prominent throughout for the visitors.. McCabe fighting an unequal battle against the much bigger Bohs defenders.
Having been the dominant side in the first half, Bohs took the lead early in the second when a hand ball decision in the area gave Devoy the chance to drive to the net from the penalty spot.
Most expected Bohs to pull away but a fighting spirit kept FP alive and shortly after they too were awarded a penalty. Having been brought down in the area, following a huge throw in from Okaidja, McCabe duly stepped up and slotted home to tie the game.
Bohs played some of their best stuff from there to the end, but a combination of unfortunate finishing by them and some last ditch defending from Cavan-Monaghan left the score at one a piece.