Enniskillen Royal played the first round of the U14 NI Intermediate Cup on Tuesday 4th October at the Forum in Enniskillen against Foyle College.
The game started brightly with chances for both sides but Foyle made a breakthrough when their midfielder curled a free kick in the bottom corner of Henry Key’s net following Aaron Smyton’s tackle. The ball bounced just in front of Henry’s gloves making a possible save very difficult even if he got close to the ball…
Our team pushed hard but couldn’t get a goal before half-time despite several very good chances for Jack Ovens and Callum Smyton. The post, a leg, a foot, a head prevented the ball from going through the line. It was the Siege of Derry once again!
After a deserved rest, the team came back with the same intentions and finally did level the score when Callum Smyton laid off Jack Ovens who struck a great shot into the top corner. Another Foyle free kick smashed the cross bar, and the visitors’ luck seemed to have at last deserted them. Enniskillen Royal got a second goal when Callum Smyton, using his strength and pace against a tiring Foyle team, rounded the keeper and struck the ball in the bottom corner.
The game was finally won when Eddie Keys placed a deflected shot passed the opposition’s goal keeper a few minutes before the final whistle.
Well done to a hardworking and talented team who never gave up and got an overall deserved victory. The next round will be played in Banbridge against New Bridge Integrated before half-term.