LATE goals left Portadown Youth as under 11s’ Mid-Ulster Shield champions on Saturday following derby drama against Tandragee Rovers Youth.
The 3-2 scoreline arrived in the favour of Portadown Youth thanks to Gary Judt’s double and a fine Ethan Williamson effort.
Rovers were trailing at the break to Judt’s opening goal before a fine fightback to turn the tables.
Fans in Lurgan’s Gordon Playing Fields were served up a late treat as Portadown Youth regrouped to edge home.
“It looked as if we would be left to rue our missed chances when Tandragee took the lead at 2-1,” said Portadown Youth’s Karl Judt. “However, we equalised late on then scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the match.
“Following a great match, the trophy presentation by the Mid-Ulster Youth League’s Michael O’Kane to our captain, Adam Woolsey, was greeted with loud cheers.”
Rovers levelled the tie at 1-1 thanks to Harry McAdam’s strong run and shot which Jason Freeburn eventually turned home. McAdam then steered in Rovers’ second of the day to cap neat play by Jamie Berry and Aaron Haire.
“The boys deserve a lot of credit for reaching the final and playing extremely well,” said Tandragee Rovers Youth’s Paul Greenaway. “Hopefully, the players will be in a lot more finals down the line and can use this experience as part of the development process.
“I cannot fault the players’ commitment and they have put everything into this season.”
PORTADOWN YOUTH: Alex Wallace, Cameron Fox, Scott Turkington, Jay Weathered, Ethan Williamson, Gary Judt, Calum Coert, Adam Woolsey, Morgan Smyth, Joshua Smyth, Tom Barrett, Nathan Cowan, James Tedford, Matthew-Thomas Smyth.
TANDRAGEE ROVERS YOUTH: Jack Greenlee, Kyle Willoughby, Jonathan Grant, Cain McConville, Jack Scott, Oliver Greenlee, Jason Freeburn, Aaron Haire, Jamie Berry, Harry McAdam, Harry Adair, Jack Magill, Kyle Barton, David Douglas.