St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

St Paul’s Win, St Paul’s Lose – Brunner Under 17′s March On In Style!

CBS St Paul’s – 4  St Paul’s (Raheny) – 0 (Stella Maris Ground Drumcondra 20/11/2014)

This was a very exciting and competitive fixture which was a lot tighter for 60 minutes at least, than the score-line suggests.

The Brunner boys started with great purpose and almost scored within 15 seconds of the kick-off when Daniel McKenna surged through the Raheny defense to release Karl O’Hara whose goal bound shot was smothered by their on-rushing goalkeeper. From the ensuing corner the ball again fell to the Brunner left-winger who failed to control the ball with the goal at his mercy and the chance was lost. These early skirmishes set the tone for the rest of the half with the CBS team playing some delightful football, creating chances but not converting any. Raheny played their part too in a pulsating first half and were constantly dangerous and it needed stern defending from Seán Keenan in particular to keep them at bay. Jake Carey in goal was always alert and produced one flying one-handed save high to his left to to keep Raheny scoreless.

As the clock ticked towards half-time, Brunner’s ever-dynamic captain and mid-field dynamo William McAdams collected the ball just inside the Raheny half and drove towards their goal. With a series of gravity-defying swivels and close ball control, he created space for himself at the edge of the box and curled a low shot into the bottom corner of the Raheny net. It was a goal very similar in execution and style to the the recent Scottish winner at Celtic Park in the European Qualifiers, only better! There was only time for Raheny to tip off when the referee blew for the interval.

The opening exchanges of the 2nd. half followed a similar pattern to the first, the CBS team creating numerous chances but not taking any and Raheny always dangerous on the break. It took an other brave save from Jake Carey to deny Raheny an equaliser when he flung himself at a cross in the face of on-rushing Raheny attackers. Soon after (in the 58th. minute), substitute Karl Towell jinked his way down the Raheny left flank, turned inside  and crossed for Conor Duff to score at the near post with a well taken volley. It was a goal that the Brunner centre-forward  fully deserved as his constant running and unselfish closing down of defenders had been very impressive throughout. This 2nd. goal seemed to deal a blow to the Raheny team’s confidence and they were less of a threat from then on. Daniel McKenna scored Brunner’s third with a brilliantly executed volley into the top right hand corner of the Raheny net.

St Paul’s were now creating chances at will and with more composure on the ball Jordan O’Reilly may well have had a hat-trick. He hit the cross-bar twice with fiercely struck shots when more refined gently placed efforts might have given him the goals his fine over-all performance deserved. William McAdams completed the scoring for the home team with a tap-in following an assist from an energetic late substitute Dammy Sodeke.

This was as good a display of attacking football as this group of players have produced in the last year. It made a powerful statement of intent in this premiere league competition. They have the potential to emulate last year’s successes if given a fair share of the Football Gods’ elusive gift of luck and if all personnel can stay fit and available.

Squad: 1 Jake Carey 2. Seán Grouse 3. Seán Keenan 4. Darren Prendergast 5. Seán Bannon 6. Adam Bradley
7. Jordan O’Reilly 8. Daniel McKenna 9. Conor Duff 10. William McAdams 11. Karl O’Hara
12. Karl Towell 13  Dammy Sodeke 14. Kyle Fitzgerald 15. John Alymer

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