Tramore Crowned Champions in Five Goal Thriller

The Tramore squad celebrate their league win at the final whistle.

The Tramore squad celebrate their league win at the final whistle.

Tramore – 3
Villa – 2

The scorching sun which blazed down on Graun Park last Wednesday was matched by the play on the magnificent playing surface.

Tramore’s win over Waterford Crystal two days previously meant that victory in this game would give them the league title and when they raced into a three goal lead with only ten minutes remaining it was looking really good for the young seasiders.

The Villa however did their level best to try and ruin the celebration party when they pulled back two goals but following the exciting 50 minutes of play everything turned out fine for the Graun Park boys.

Oliver Power went close for the visitors early on but the Tramore goalkeeper Luke Kiely produced an excellent save.

Danny Haggin, the Villa goalkeeper then did well to keep a shot from Paddi O’Connor out of his net on 16 minutes. The play was moving at a frantic pace up and down the park at this stage and Tramore received a massive scare on 21 minutes when Will Bermingham rattled the crossbar with a bullet like shot.

Two minutes later however the home side went in front with a classic goal. Danny Haggin did extremely well to parry a shot from Elijah Fontygne and when the ball eventually broke into the path of Raymond Balugun, the central defender cracked the ball into the roof of the Villa net from 20 yards range.

Five minutes later Danny Haggin somehow managed to claw away a fine effort from James Power.

Following the change of ends Tramore took up the running once again and doubled their advantage three minutes into the second period when Elijah Fontygne found the net with a delightful angled shot from the right side of the penalty area.

Tramore’s Raymond Balugun scores a scorcher of a goal to give his side the lead against Villa in the  rst half.

Tramore’s Raymond Balugun scores a scorcher of a goal to give his side the lead against Villa in the  rst half.

The contest looked well and truly over on 44 minutes when Stephen Power finished off a great pass from Raymond Balugun.

Cian Burke, who had missed a good chance for the city side earlier, on pulled a goal back for the Villa on 46 minutes following a goalmouth scramble and three minutes later Cian Burke scored again following a mix-up in the Tramore defence.

At that stage the nerves were really jangling in the Tramore camp and it almost got worse in the last minute when Cian Burke was denied his hat-trick when his fierce drive came crashing back off Luke Kiely’s crossbar.

Seconds later the full time whistle was blown by David Allen and scenes of unbridled joy followed as the Tramore players and their parents and guardians danced with joy on the beautiful Graun Park surface. This was yet another glorious night for yet another terrific Tramore team.

TRAMORE: Luke Kiely, Geoff Thomas, Stephen Power, Raymond Balugun, Avery Coryell, Fionn Keating, Rory McConville, Paddi O’Connor, James Power, Tom Barry, Josh Clune, Elijah Fontygne.

VILLA: Danny Haggin, Shane Gaffney, Jamie Gaffney, Daryl Lannon, Jamie Cleary, Aidan Burke, Will Birmingham, Cian Burke, Jack Rogan, Jason Tiojfo, Zach Phelan, Ed Lambert, Oliver Power.

REFEREE: David Allen.

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