LYIT 3 Belfast Metropolitan College 0
Letterkenny Institute of Technology finished their regular season with a convincing win over Belfast Metopolitan College on the college campus last night Wednesday. Having already secured a quarter final berth prior to the game manager Niall McGonagle used the game to give a run to some of the fringe players in the squad.
Belfast lined out with ex Werder Brmman and current Cliftonville star Liam Boyce in their ranks and he proved a real handful for the LYIT defence throughout the contest.
Letterkenny took the lead through Bonagee United poacher Aidan McLaughlin after he tapped into the empty net after fine build up play from Tommy Bonner and Paul McVeigh on 23 minutes.
LYIT centre backs Proinsias Forker and Mark Harkin had their hands full with Boyce and indeed he had the ball in the LYIT net on 29 minutes after a pull-back from the end line by Joe Finley. However the goal was ruled out, much to the annoyance of the visitors, as the referees assistant had adjudged that the ball had gone out of play prior to the former Irish League young player of the year applying the finish.
Tommy Bonner added the second for the Port Road students on 57 minutes after Oisin McMenamin`s shot from the edge of the box was only parried and the Finn Harps midfielder who is enjoying a fine run of form in the LYIT engine room confidently side footed home from 15 yards.
Thereafter Letterkenny were put on the back foot as the Belfast lads rallied and Letterkenny guilty of giving the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions and Lee McFadden had to be at his best to keep out efforts from Stephen Allen and Boyce twice.
> > However it was game, set and match for the LYIT lads as substitute Micheal Connolly scored a fantastic half-volley from 16 yards which gave the visiting keeper no chance.
> > LYIT: Lee McFadden, Josh Mailey, Barry McNamee, Mark Harkin, Proinsias Forker, Tommy Bonner, Emmet Patterson, Luke O’ Farrell, Aidan McLaughlin,
> > Oisin McMenamin, Paul McVeigh
> > Subs used: Micheal Connolly, Ryan Mangan
> > Belfast Metropolitan: Kyle Cherry, Darryl Evans, Jonathan Kane, Stuart Moore,
> > Jamie Fleming, Anthony Feeney, John Adams, Ryan McCartney, Calum Curtis,
> > Liam Boyce, Joe Finley, Stephen Allen