St. Kilian’s

Bray People - - SCHOOLS REPORT -

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.

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