Lennon claim historic Ben Francis title – Dethrone six-time winners STETHS 4-2 on penalty kicks

first_img Tavis Grant, Christopher Randall, Kwesi Watts and Jason Johnson all scored for Lennon and when Dixon missed, sending his kick high over the crossbar, it was time for the massive Lennon support to storm the field in wild celebration. It was the second successive match that STETHS have taken to penalty kicks, after their thrilling contest in the semi-final against Clarendon, which was decided on sudden death penalty kicks. But Lennon, starved of a schoolboy title and having come close on a few occasion, were determined not to let this one slip and when they grabbed the early lead, outplaying STETHS in midfield, it seemed they were well on their way. STETHS responded as they normally do, with Dixon the driving force once again. The midfielder found James on the flank and the forward drifted inside and unleashed a wicked shot but found Mullings too good to beat. The Lennon keeper was at full-stretch to palm the ball over the crossbar in acrobatic fashion to deny James. As fate would have it, Mullings could do nothing about the resulting corner kick, and James found just enough space to nod home. Dethroned after six-successive lien on the Ben Francis knockout crown, STETHS will now turn their attention to the defense of their daCosta Cup title, according to technical director Wendell Downswell, after the disappointing loss. “We are disappointed, but it was a beautiful game. Lennon really ran at us, and while we responded with that late goal, it’s always a lottery when it comes to a penalty shootout,” said Downswell. “We will be ready for them again in the daCosta Cup semi-final. We want our revenge for this defeat, but congratulations to them for a great game,” he added. WESTERN BUREAU: Lennon High School’s long wait for a schoolboy football title is over. The Mocho-based institution, spurred on by their superb goalkeeper, Tyrone Mullings, surprised St Elizabeth Technical 4-2 in a penalty shootout for an historic lien on the ISSA/FLOW Ben Francis KO title, after ended regulation and extra time locked at 1-1 at Manchester High. Tavis Grant gave Lennon a deserved lead in the 16th minute with a torrid strike that caught the STETHS custodian Kenroy Wallace off guard. He had little time to react, as the ball cannoned off the underside of the cross bar and over the line for a 1-0. It took STETHS the entire second half to find the equaliser, again coming late in an important match, when Demar James headed home from close range in the 93rd minute, sending the match into extra time. “This is huge; this is everything to the school and the Lennon community. There will be massive celebrations come Monday,” said Lennon head coach Merron Gordon. Huge it was, as STETHS, who would have made it seven-straight knockout titles had they won it, wilted in the shootout, with Alex Thompson and the usually dependable Chris-Andrew Dixon missing badly. Nicholas Gayle and central defender Clifton Woodbine scored STETHS’ first two kicks from the spot. WILD CELEBRATIONlast_img read more


first_imgA DRUG dealer ordered out of Derry a few weeks ago was blasted to death in a shocking seaside murder in Co Donegal.Andrew ‘Andy’ Allen – known as Chubby – was hit several times when terrorists from the group Republican Action Against Drugs struck at his home in Links View in Buncrana.The gunmen struck at 9.2opm last night and were merciless in their assault. They opened up through a front window, fatally wounding Mr Allen who was from the nationalist Top of the Hill area of Derry’s Waterside. At least three gunmen were involved and Andy Allen, 25, died at the scene an hour later.Reliable sources say that Mr Allen, in his 40s, had been ordered out of Derry in the past few weeks.It’s understood dissident republicans were furious after a teenage relative of one of them was sold drugs by Allen who is said to have specialised in cocaine deals at nightlclubs.There are unsubstantiated claims that Mr Allen had started selling cocaine in Buncrana in recent weeks. RAAD – the dissident group – had warned that the Border “will not protect dealers from execution.”They had already tried to murder a man in Muff last year. The getaway car used in the shooting was found burned out in Fahan.Responding to the news of a serious shooting incident outside Buncrana tonight, Sinn Féin Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said “The community in Buncrana is shocked and horrified that a man has been shot in our town tonight.“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this extremely difficult time.”Deputy Mac Lochlainn also appealed to anyone with any information to come forward: “Anyone who was in the Lisfannon area tonight and may have any information – no matter how small it may seem – should come forward and contact the Gardaí immediately.” He told donegaldaily.com: “What happened was just horrendous. There is no other way to describe this.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDISSIDENT TERRORISTS MURDER DRUG DEALER IN DONEGAL HIT was last modified: February 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:andy allenbuncrana murderdonegal murderdrug deathsRAADlast_img read more