Congratulations to the Lakelands U16A team, managed by Dave Hegarty and John Reade, who won the U16 John Giles Cup final in Tallaght Stadium today (Sunday September 24th 2017) after extra time and penalties. The €12,000 solid silver trophy was lifted by Adam Buggy, the Lakelands hero goalkeeper, who made 3 saves during the tense penalty shoot-out.
Lakelands were playing the Harolds Cross A team who are currently 9 points ahead of Lakelands in the U16 Premier Division with 3 games in hand. Consequently, Lakelands would have started second favourite. However, that message clearly hadn’t got through to the Lakelands team who started the stronger and finished the stronger.
Harolds Cross may have had a couple of the best and most dangerous players on the pitch, but Lakelands were the better team as all 11 boys on the pitch player together as a unit. Dave and John continued to roll on and off subs to keep the team fresh in both halves and this proved to be a clever tactic.
Having gone a goal up in the first half, Lakelands went behind to two goals from Harolds Cross in the second half. However, they refused to lay down and fought back to equalise and take the game into extra time. Harold’s Cross scored first in extra time through a spot kick but once again, Lakelands scored to equalise. After 100 minutes of football on a really big pitch, Lakelands had given their all and had earned a penalty shootout.
Lakelands took the first penalty and were ahead 3-2 after 5 successful kicks. However, the next 4 kicks were all saved meaning Harolds Cross had to score with their 5th kick to keep the game alive. Adam Buggy made his third save of the shootout to give Lakelands the win and send the players, the management and the supporters into raptures.
In a first for Lakelands, the penalty shoot-out was live-streaming on Facebook by Sandra Taylor and the video can still be viewed on the Lakelands Facebook page.