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St Pauls Secure Leinster Senior Cup Win

CBS St Pauls 6 – Coláiste Choilm (Swords) 2

This game was far tighter than the results suggests though St Pauls thoroughly desearved their win in the end. They played better football and created more chances than their North County Dublin opponents.

The game started at a blistering pace with St Pauls passing the ball around very professionally on the even surface of the the all-weather pitch in Clontarf. Within 2 minutes of the start St Pauls went ahead. Captain Troy Carey sent over  a well-taken cornor from the right which centre-half Scott Fitzsimmons connected with at pace to plant his header in the bottom righ-hand cornor of CC’s net. However over-allobaration and dwelling on the ball at the back allowed CC to equalise giving Aaron McKenna in goal no chance. There was only 5 minutes on the clock and the score was 1-1! St Pauls responded in the best possible manner by continuing to pass the ball alá Barcelona till eventually Troy Carey powered a left-foot drive again into the bottom right cornor of CC’s net. Brunner pressed on and were rewarded with a third goal with a fine glancing header from striker Ciaran Horan.

The message at half-time was to continue at the same pace and not become complacent. Prophetic words. Shortly after the restart, a combination of not defending from the front and and not closing down an onrushing attacker, allowed CC to drive into the Brunner penalty box where a desperate challenge resulted in the award of a spot-kick. This was clinically dispatched with Arron Mckenna once again given no chance, 3-2 and game on! Brunner had taken their collective feet off the gas, could they now respond appropriately? The answer was a definite yes. Pure passing football created many further chances, the unluckiest player on the park was midfield dynamo William McAdams who hit the woodwork on 4 occassions.Further goals from Ciaran Horan and Troy Carey eventually broke CC’s resolve  and substitute Jake Carey added the final flourish with a neat well-drilled finish with virtually his first touch of the ball.

Overall this result should give St Pauls confidence going forward as they embark on their  Metropolitan League campaign and face into round 3 of their Leinster Cup adventure.

Team: 1. Arron McKenna 2. Kaiem Ali 3.Adam Bradley 4.Darren Prendergast  5. Scott Fitzsimmons 6. Nathan Slattery 7. Jordan O’Reilly 8.William McAdams 9. Ciarán Horan 10. Troy Carey 11. Sean Bannon 12. Jake Carey 13. Eric Douglas 14. Brandon Walsh

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