Thomastown United Under 13 A's dream of continuing on their SFAI journey came to an abrupt end on Saturday at the hands of North End United of Wexford in a hard fought 2-1 defeat away from home.
In difficult windy conditions, Thomastown were the better side in the first half and piled on the pressure on North End. The boys were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty mid way through the first half when Éanna O' Keeffe was cleaned out of it by the North End keeper, despite what looked like the referee pointing to the spot, the penalty was not given. Thomastown dusted themselves off and continued to threaten taking full advantage of the strong wind. With four minutes to half time, a superbly taken free kick from thirty yards out from Colm Treacy found its way to the back of the net.
With conditions worsening in the second half, the Thomastown defensive line was under immense pressure, but stood firm with the back three consisting of Cian Farrell, Shane Simpson and Conor Monks all playing superbly. Thomastown found it hard to get up the pitch and unfortunately all their good work of the first half came undone mid way through the second half when there was a communication error at the back which allowed North End back into the game. With a pep in their tail, North End continued to press and eventually with eight minutes to go they bagged their second after Thomastown failed to clear the ball in the box from a free kick, even though the Thomastown defence was adamant that it was a hand ball. Despite this devastating blow, in Thomastown's true style, they never gave up and continued to battle on. With minutes to go, from a well taken corner from Éanna O' Keeffe, Thomastown were unlucky not to get the equaliser when the ball was cleared off the line from a Seán Denieffe header. The boys continued to battle with Conor Monks coming up from defence and was almost in on goal but for the quick reactions of the keeper. Unfortunately they were unable to get over the line and although this defeat will be hard to take, they now must concentrate on finishing the mini season as strong as possible in preparation for next years league and cup.