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Jay Keenan is the hero as Enniskillen retain Junior Cup crown

By Adam McKendry

Enniskillen Rangers successfully defended the Irish Junior Cup as they defeated Greenisland 2-0 at Windsor Park to make it back-to-back titles.

A double from Jay Keenan was the difference between the two sides as Rangers deservedly came out on top at the National Stadium.

Despite how the game went as a whole, it was Greenisland who were on top in the early stages and Darren Bell could only watch in agony as his strike thudded against the crossbar and away.

Having resisted the initial onslaught from their opponents, Enniskillen grew into the game and, after Mark Cutler was denied by Shane McCarron, Keenan made the breakthrough.

It came from 12 yards after Christopher Currie was hauled down inside the box by Gary Bell, and Keenan made no mistake with the spot-kick.

Greenisland started the second half the better of the two sides, but once again they couldn't seriously test Jerome Carleton in the Enniskillen goal.

Instead, Keenan was ruthless at the other end, the striker providing a deft finish to Currie's delightful pass in the 55th minute for his second.

And Enniskillen saw the game out in comfort despite replacements Andy Johnston and Jarno Glass missing chances to ensure the victory, but in the end it wasn't to matter.

Meanwhile, Linfield Rangers won the Harry Cavan Youth Cup, defeating Cliftonville Strollers 2-0 thanks to goals from Ethan Wynne and Adam Carroll.

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