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St Paul’s Senior Team Edged Out In Dramatic Quarter-Final Penalty Shoot-Out.

Under 19 Metropolitan Senior League Quarter Final  – Stella Maris Ground Drumcondra – 5/12/2014
CBS St Paul’s 2 – CBS St David’s (Artane) 2
(St David’s win 5-3 on penalties a.e.t.)

This was a classic bitter-sweet experience for the St Paul’s team and management; the bitterness of defeat combined with the sweetness of a Brunner performance that was short on luck but high on strong character, commitment and skill.

St David’s were  a very good technical side who passed the ball expertly from side to side on the wide expanses of Richmond Road. They dominated the opening exchanges with their good play and were deserving of their opening score after 30 minutes. Thereafter St Paul’s came into the game but initially did not play with the fluency of recent games. However they did create some clear-cut chances but with no reward and the score remained 1-0 to the Artane team at half-time.

Within 10 minutes of the restart St Paul’s had equalized. A  long diagonal ball out of defense by “Big D”(Darren Prendergast) was just about met on the end-line by a strong-running Seán Bannon who crossed from the left for Jake Carey to score at the far post. Brunner were back in the game! From then on, in the manner of prize-fighters of old, both teams slogged it out, creating but not taking their chances in a highly competitive encounter. Big D at the back was heroic in his defending with many fine block challenges. He was ably assisted by his partners in the back-four and once again by net-minder Arron McKenna who produced one miraculous save when he was one-on-one with an in-rushing attacker. There was no further scoring and so extra-time ensued.

Disaster struck early in the first period of extra-time when the Brunner defense was adjudged to have fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. This was duly dispatched and once again St David’s were in pole position. But Brunner refused to concede defeat; they pressed and pressed, creating a series of chances. From one of these, a corner on the left ‘whipped’ over by  William McAdams, the ball fell to Darren Prendergast on the edge of the box. He took the ball on his chest, let it fall to the ground and hit it ever so sweetly on the half-volley. The ball ‘flew’ into the top corner. This was a goal worthy of any professional attacker from a defender delivering a man-of-the-match performance and was no more than his team-mates deserved given their battling endeavors. At full-time the score stood at 2-2 and so penalties became inevitable.

Sadly Lady Luck was not on St Paul’s side. and they went down 5-3 on spot-kicks.
Penalty Shoot-out.
1. St David’s score, St Paul’s score         1-1
2. St David’s score, St Paul’s miss           2-1
3. St David’s score, St Paul’s score         3-2
4. St David’s score, St Paul’s score         4-3
5. St David’s score, St Paul’s out!            5-3

It was a truly terrible way for this fine bunch of players to end their league campaign and their time together. In this game they had to deal with  injuries, a suspension and the effects of ‘ill-fitting footwear’ to come within a John Aldridge Shuffle of emerging victorious! Well done the Under 20 squad of 2014-2015 you did yourselves and the school proud.

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat these two impostors the same
…………………….. you’ll be a man, my son!

(If – Rudyard Kipling)


1 Arron McKenna 2 Kaiem Ali 3 Seán Keenan 4 Darren Prendergast 5 Scott Fitzsimmons 6 Conor Duff 7 Jordan O’Leary
8 Ciaran Horan 9 Jake Carey 10 William McAdams 11 Seán Bannon 12 Eric Douglas 13 Seán Grouse
14 Nathan Slattery 15 Karl Ivory

CBS St Paul’s Under 17/Under 19 2013-2014/2014-2015
Played: 13
Won: 11
Draw: 1
Lost: 1
For: 46
Against: 19

  • Dublin U-17 Metropolitan League Champions 2013/2014
  • Leinster U-17 League Champions 2013/2014
  • Dublin U-19 Metropolitan League QF 2014/2015
  • Leinster U-20 Dr. Tony O’Neill Cup Round 3 2014/2015


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