County Junior Squad before the Bowl Final.
Broughshane was the venue for the final game of the 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup for Kyle Spiers’ junior squad. Taking on Scottish league side Motherwell in the final of the Bowl, Down found themselves behind once again to an early goal after neat play down the Motherwell right teed up their centre forward who made no mistake with a composed low finish.
Down responded well, equalising just minutes later after a lovely reverse pass by Captain Sharvin set the prolific Brown, through on goal. Brown found the bottom left hand corner with his finish to make it 1-1 and take his goal tally for the week to 5.
Down, who were now in the ascendency were causing all sorts of problems for the Motherwell defence and it seemed only a matter of time before they took the lead. Sharvin went close a couple of times with long range efforts but it was McClements who gave Down the lead after 20 minutes with a diving header from a Chambers cross.
Leading 2-1 Down continued to press home their dominance as Chambers went close with his finish after a driving run through the Motherwell midfield. Tobin then almost added to Downs lead when his header from a Chambers corner went just over. As the teams headed in for the half time interval Down were in control and could count themselves unlucky only to be 2-1 in front.
The second half began the way the first half ended with Down firmly in control and it was not long before it was 3-1 thanks to a Leo Brown penalty following a foul on Down forward Tobin.
Down who were rampant by this stage looked like scoring every time they attacked. Chambers went close after beating his man and firing in a left-footed shot on goal. Brown was next up to go close as the big striker, who was chasing down the Tournament Golden boot almost got his hat-trick but his effort, from a McArthur cross went just over.
Motherwell who were being outplayed almost got one back but their centre half’s header from the corner was well saved by Davidson in the Down goal. They went close again shortly later but once again Davidson was equal to the effort. A slack 5 minutes followed for Down, and they were punished when Motherwell forward Faulkner drilled home a finish after latching onto a low cross from the right to make it 3-2.
That goal brought Down back to life as moments later Brown almost sealed the victory for but the keeper got down well to save his shot. It was then Chambers turn to go close with a free kick that looked destined for the top right hand corner. However at the last second the keeper acrobatically tipped it over for a corner.
Disaster then struck for Down after Motherwell forward Faulkner was felled inside the box. He dusted himself down and slammed home the penalty to make it 3-3. Then in the dying embers of the match Motherwell completed the comeback. Faulkner flicked the ball in after Down failed to clear the ball from a corner to make it 4-3 and Motherwell took home the Bowl trophy.
Teams- Davidson, Garland, Dillon,Marshall, Kelly, McClements, Sharvin, Chambers, White, Brown, Tobin. Subs: Cannavan, Mitchell, Bates, Nelson, Graham, McArthur, McCloy.