U-18 BOYS’ SOCCER St. Kilian’s 4, Colaiste Croabh Abhann 2: St. Kilian’s had a marvellous victory over a skilful Kilcoole side in the 1st round on the Leinster Cup on Friday last. The Bray school came from behind and their win was well deserved as they took the scoring chances presented to them and it was a whole team effort that secured the win. Kilcoole were on top for the first 20 minutes and went in front due to a headed goal following a corner. Indeed if it were not for the bravery and agility of ‘keeper, Corey Bishop, the deficit would have been worse for St.Kilian’s. Corey made a string of marvellous saves throughout the match, and his performance was one of the main reasons for the victory. The match turned in a five minute period towards the end of the 1st half. Following an accurate free kick by the effervescent Richard Walsh, the ball broke in the Kilcoole area, and Corie Flynn lashed it to the net. Almost directly afterwards, St.Kilian’s went into the lead following a deft opportunistic lob by Jason Clancy which left the opposing ‘keeper stranded. This was an excellent goal and it put St. Kilian’s in the driving seat at half-time. Stephen Kearney from 3rd year was the star of the 2nd half. He scored two excellent goals. This was no more than he deserved as he did Trojan work in leading the forward line all afternoon. Special mention must be given to the contribution of Alan Pyke, a 1st half sub. He worked extremely hard, set up the 3rd goal with a pinpoint pass to Kearney and almost scored from a corner, when his header thundered back off the crossbar. In addition, Luke McManus, the captain, Gavin Lacey, Aaron Earls and Jake Mulligan played resolutely across the back. Time and again this quartet repelled Kilcoole attacks as they pressed hard to find a lifeline. Kilcoole got a 2nd goal in the final minutes, but by then victory was certain for the Bray lads. As said earlier, this was a team performance. Jamie Doyle, Gary Hopkins, George Antia and Gary Kearns all made valuable contributions at various stages in the match for St. Kilian’s. Hopefully the team can improve in their next performance which will see them pitted against St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. Well done to all concerned.