Harmony Row Under 17s produced a spectacular performance to defeat Hillwood 4-2 to lift the West Region Cup final on Saturday at Petershill Park.
They produced a powerful performance throughout this cup final, with only a thunderstorm after the hour mark halting their efficient performance.
It was typified by the energy shown by Harmony's Thomas Seagrave up front, who dazzled with his direct running and clever link-up play in the final third that really set the catalyst for a terrific team performance.
However, despite that, they failed to turn up in the first few minutes and were ruthlessly punished.
Thomas Harty was sent clean through on goal through the middle of the Harmony backline and tucked a superb finish away when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Credit must go to HR for how they responded, as they refused to allow the goal to unsettle their rhythm on the ball. Some of the football they played in the midfield was impressive, as Charlie Freedman and Kenny Duffy in particular were really grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.
Yet for all of HR’s composure in the midfield, at times it wasn’t there defensively. In the first 20 minutes they lost the ball in their own defensive third through a lack of composure and it threatened to cost them on a couple of occasions. However you must credit Hillwood for their strong pressing in the final third, and they made a game of it throughout the contest regardless of times when it threatened to run away from them.
Harmony soon got their act together defensively though, and started to combine extremely well in the final third.
An acrobatic effort from Seagrave went well over before Duffy blasted well over for HR as they turned the screw.
A clever passing move again got into the Hillwood final third, but Seagrave’s tame effort was easily saved by the goalkeeper.
Freedman was controlling the midfield in the middle, whilst Seagrave continued to cause Hillwood no end of problems with his endless energy.
Hillwood were getting occasional joy down both flanks, but despite some terrific crosses from Harty and Kyle McAvoy, there were no takers all too often.
The equaliser had always looked likely as the half wore on, and it deservedly came.
Just moments after Ross MacKenzie had nodded wide after some nervous goalkeeping from Hillwood, a long ball was sent in Seagrave’s direction, who nodded down for Chrissy Drennan to run on to and dispatch beyond the Hillwood goalkeeper.
Harmony Row continued to dominate towards the end of the half, winning all the aerial duels in the midfield.
Seagrave continued to be a menace in the final third, and he breezed away down the left on two occasions – one being touched goal-bound by a Hillwood defender before being sensationally clawed away by Daniel Lockie.