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Rosario U16s stun Larne

By Staff Reporter
Larne Youth 0 -- Rosario 1

U16 NIBFA Cup quarter-final

A highly fancied Larne Youth outfit were knocked out of this season’s NIBFA Cup by a magnificent Rosario performance.

The game, played on Larne’s superb 4G surface, began with Rosario creating a number of clear cut chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Rosario seemed to surprise their opponents as Murray saw an early header crash off the bar while Colaluca had a couple of good chances before Murray missed an opportunity.

The only goal of the game was well-worked and clinically finished.

Devlin delivered an excellent pass to Colaluca and his pace took him away from the defenders before he slotted home from 12 yards.

In the second period Larne had the wind at their back and were able to attack for the first time in the game.

Rosario were aware that they would rely heavily on the pace and excellence of O’Hara and Hughes in the centre of the defence as well as midfield powerhouses McGonigle and Francis.

Not only did the quartet rise to the occasion the entire Rosario squad fought for their team.

Larne began the half patiently but as they struggled to create any chances their passing game quickly resorted to the long ball. With the brilliance of O’Hara and Hughes, Rosario were able to repel a wave of attacks, which never troubled Hynes in goal for Rosario.

The entire Rosario squad deserve special praise for the manner in which they not only played the game, but for their fantastic fighting spirit.

Hynes in goal was assured throughout, although he did not make any spectacular saves, his handling and composure helped give the defence an assured look.

At the back, captain Matty McCamley, Hughes, O’Hara and McPeake put in faultless performances.

In midfield McGonigle, Francis, Murray and Whiffen worked tirelessly and helped create a number of clear chances for Rosario in the opening half.

In attack both Devlin and Colaluca were immense. Not only did they fight for every ball, they gave the Larne back four a torrid time, linking well together for the goal and showing that they can be a handful for any defence anywhere in the country.  McGarry and McConville were introduced in the second period and their fresh legs helped Rosario protect their slender lead.

At the final whistle Rosario’s entire squad celebrated a memorable victory, taking them into the semi-final of the NIBFA Cup alongside Dungannon, Maiden City and either Lisburn Distillery or Foyle Harps.


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