Windmill U17 3-2 Armagh City

Windmill U17s travelled to Tandragee 3G on Saturday morning to play Armagh, who had beaten the lads twice in the league this year, so they went into the game as favourites. 

The opening 20 minutes were very tight with both midfields battling to get on top. Conor Owens and Martin Keenan gradually started to run the game but Windmill couldn't find the killer pass to release their speedy forwards Jordan Pinnington and Jay Kelly.

A lapse in concentration allowed Armagh to take the lead on 22 minutes with their 1st real meaningful attack of the game. This goal gave them a real confidence boost and they got a second just before half-time. Ronan MacMahon in the Windmill goal made a brilliant save to deny the Armagh forward but the rebound fell kindly at his feet for him to tap into the empty net, with the keeper stranded. 


At the start of the second half Windmill came out with a high intensity approach to the game that forced Armagh into making several mistakes. One of these mistakes was capitalised on by Conor Owens who nipped in front of his marker and expertly tucked the ball away. Windmill were now on top and started to boss the game. Jordan Pinnington was unlucky with an effort from distance. But from their next corner, Oleg Kravchenko was well placed to put the ball into the back of the net.

As the half wore on, Windmill continued to run the game and should have added to their tally but the game finished 2v2 in normal time.

In extra time the Windmill management team introduced Josh Munroe to the game which gave them an added dimension up front. Halfway through the first period of extra time, Jay Kelly was released on the wing. He beat two men and beautifully side footed what proved to be the winner into the net.

The Stars survived a late scare when in stoppage time, Armagh's right back ventured forward and hit a thunderbolt from 35 yards that smashed off the crossbar. There were fantastic scenes when the ref blew for full time and the young players realised they had done it. It was an incredible performance to come back from two goals down and they now play Coagh Utd in the Mid-Ulster Shield Final on a date to be announced.


Team: Ronan MacMahon, Joe McAteer, Aaron Gregory, Wayne Heaney, Oleg Kravchenko, Conor Owens, Michael Jordan, Martin Keenan, Jordan Pinnington, Gary McAleavey, Jay Kelly.

Subs: Niall McParland, Josh Munroe, Ciaran McManus, Rory O'Hare, Aaron Bradley