Waterford Schoolboy League 0 -
Cork Schoolboy League 2
Kennedy Cup Final 2022
A brace from Darragh Lynch broke the hearts of the Waterford Schoolboy League as the wait for the Kennedy Cup continues as the Cork League ended a 33-year famine to deservedly land the 2022 decider at the UL this afternoon.
A first-half of limited chances looked certain to see both teams go in level at the break, but that was all to change in the second-minute of injury-time when Eoin Looney got a throw back from Matthew Kiernan before putting a ball into the area that saw Darragh Lynch head past a stranded Henry Kirby.
With manager Paul Cleary make a number of positional and tactical changes early in the second-half to try get a goal, they conceded a second goal from a set piece on 44 minutes. Jamie Horgan cracked in a free-kick that was saved by Kirby into the path of Lynch, and he applied a close-range finish.
Waterford were left with a mountain to climb at this stage, but they did have a chance to get back into the game two minutes later when Oisin Hallahan’s ball into the area found Bobby Keohan, but his attempted lob of keeper Rory Cullinane cleared the crossbar.
Adam Dobbyn picked up the ball out on the right-side from Gavin Mitchell on 50 minutes before letting fly with a brilliant effort from the top of the penalty area, but his stunning effort was superbly tipped around the posts by keeper Cullinane.
It was the crossbar that denied Cork a third goal two minutes later when Cormac Deane had an effort from the left side, and although Waterford fought to the end to try get back into the game with Oisin Hallahan’s shot flashing wide, it was a game to far for the young Blues.