St Kil­ian's Com­mu­nity School

Bray People - - SCHOOL REPORT -

U-19 BOYS' SOC­CER

U-19 LE­IN­STER BOYS' SOC­CER SEMI-FI­NAL - DI­VI­SION 2 St Kil­ian's - 4 Scoil Mhuire - 1: St Kil­ian's CS have reached their first Le­in­ster fi­nal since 2002. On that oc­ca­sion, it was the U 15s who were beaten in the fi­nal but this year it's our U-19s lead by cap­tain, Sam Mul­li­gan who will take to the field.

Last Wed­nes­day 26th March, the U-19s pro­duced a very com­pre­hen­sive per­for­mance against Scoil Mhuire of Strokestown, Co. Roscom­mon to pro­ceed to the fi­nal. Played in Mullingar Celtic grounds, St Kil­ian's started a lit­tle slowly and were pun­ished for this af­ter three min­utes. A slight mix up in de­fence be­tween the cen­tre de­fence and the keeper, al­lowed Scoil Mhuire's striker to pounce for an easy tap in. This woke St. Kil­ian's up and from that mo­ment on, they took con­trol of the match.

The St. Kil­ian's play­ers pressed the op­po­si­tion at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and they could not cope with this. This pres­sure led to the 1st two goals for St. Kil­ian's. Both goals were scored by Adam Kelly from the penalty spot.

Sam Mul­li­gan chased down what seemed like a lost cause and it ended up with the de­fender tak­ing him down in the box. This led to the first penalty. Stephen Har­ris did like­wise for the sec­ond penalty. The ref­eree also de­cided to send the full back off for this tackle, which re­ally put St Kil­ians in the driv­ing seat. For the rest of the first half, St Kil­ian's laid siege to Scoil Mhuire's goal.

Ross Doyle cre­ated a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties and hit the post on two of these oc­ca­sions. Even­tu­ally the third goal came and this re­ally sealed the vic­tory. A bril­liant pass­ing move from de­fence to at­tack, with a num­ber of one twos was fin­ished with a sweet strike from Sam Mul­li­gan from the edge of the box. The sec­ond half was played at a very con­trolled pace by St. Kil­ian's.

They held pos­ses­sion for long pe­ri­ods in the half but Scoil Mhuire got large num­bers be­hind the ball and made it very dif­fi­cult to break down. On the few shots we did man­age to get off, the keeper from Scoil Mhuire pulled off some mag­nif­i­cent saves. Ross Doyle's hard work paid off mid-way through the 2nd half, when he found him­self in the box with just the keeper to beat. He made no mis­take.

St. Kil­ian's saw out the rest of the match very com­fort­ably and over­all they should be de­lighted with this per­for­mance. The de­fence of Barry O’Brien, Jor­don Ebbs, Adam Casserly and Stephen Downey were ex­tremely solid for the ma­jor­ity of the game. In mid­field, Ross Doyle, Michael Doyle and Adam Kelly proved to be a con­stant thorn for Scoil Mhuire. Up front, Sam Mul­li­gan and Stephen Har­ris pro­duced their usual very high stan­dard of per­for­mance. Even the subs that came on made their im­pact in this match; namely Ian Mahoney, Jamie Mc Grane and Stephen Kee­ley.

The Le­in­ster fi­nal in due to be played af­ter the Easter break against Coláiste Éanna of Rath­farn­ham. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for this groups of play­ers to achieve some­thing that St Kil­ian's CS has not done be­fore. We wish them the very best in this. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the squad and to Mr. Dug­gan and Mr. Dono­hue, the team's coaches. AN TAISCE SPRING CLEAN-UP

Well done to all the Tran­si­tion Years and 5LCA for their hard work in tidy­ing around the school and its sur­rounds on Thurs­day April 3rd. The stu­dents did tro­jan work and de­serve to be com­mended for their in­dus­try. Well done to ev­ery­one and thanks to Mr. Law­less for or­gan­is­ing this wor­thy event. LEAV­ING CERT ORAL EX­AMS

Best wishes to the Leav­ing Cert stu­dents who are cur­rently en­gaged in oral ex­am­i­na­tions in Ir­ish and Ger­man. VISIT TO AN­I­MAL SANC­TU­ARY

Mr. Kelly's 2V CSPE class are un­der­tak­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an­i­mal cru­elty and the or­gan­i­sa­tions that care for an­i­mals. To this end, the class are go­ing on a visit to Sharpe's Hill An­i­mal Sanc­tu­ary in Rath­drum on April 30th. Af­ter­wards, the class are go­ing to have an aware­ness rais­ing day in the school on the topic of an­i­mal wel­fare. Then the class will com­plete the ac­tion project, which ac­counts for 60% of the mark in the Ju­nior Cert CSPE exam. The class are en­thu­si­as­tic and are look­ing for­ward to the visit.

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