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U14 Football   15/02/2019

Cork u14 B Football League 1

Coláiste an Chroí Naofa 3:05 v Coláiste De La Salle 8:09 

De La Salle began their highly awaited u14 football campaign in a cold and blustery Carrignavar on the 14th of February and the game lived up to its expectations. A strong attacking performance supported by a resilient defensive effort led to a comprehensive victory.

The game began brightly in favour of Chroí Naofa and their early pressure almost paid off, forcing an excellent save from Stiofáin McSweeney. However, De La Salle gained a foothold in the match and after ten minutes an excellent turn from Ciarán Foley put Zack Ryan through on goal and he made no mistake with a low driven finish into the bottom corner. Their dominance did not let up there, when the superb Jack Sweeney dispossessed his man in midfield and played a brilliant ball over the top for Zack Ryan, who had his initial shot saved but finished smartly on the rebound. Growing in confidence, with Sam Pickering controlling proceedings in midfield, De La Salle hit the back of the net again through a mazy run and top corner finish from Joe O’Mullane. A minute later, Joe O’Mullane registered De La Salle’s first point from a close-range free kick after good play from Noah O’Leary. A quick counter attack, against the run of play led to a point from Chroí Naofa and from the resulting kick out they had a goal chance, but it was smartly stopped by Stiofáin McSweeney. From this, Chroí Naofa grew in confidence and were almost rewarded with a goal only for a superb Illan Walsh block to deny them. This instigated an immediate counter attack, and which was converted by Joe O’Mullane from a tight angle. On the brink of half time, some positive play from Alexander Asling led to Sam Pickering receiving the ball and lobbing the keeper from 20 yards out.

HT score:

Chroí Naofa 0:03 (3)

DLS 4:02 (14)

After a dull few minutes, Chroí Naofa cut the deficit by scoring 1:02 unanswered. Their pressure continued and they almost had another goal, but the goalmouth scramble was cleared by Sam Pickering. However, after 13 minutes were gone in the second half, Chroí Naofa were awarded a penalty after their full forward was hauled down in the square. The penalty was converted however, Stiofáin McSweeney almost got a hand to it. De La Salle weathered the storm and a powerful run from centre back by Jack Sweeney resulted in a point. After several chances went astray for Chroí Naofa, Joe O’Mullane punished them with a clinical point. From there on, De La Salle did not look back, with Alexander Asling pulling strings in centre forward, they scored three quick fire goals to seal the tie, the most spectacular goal was scored when Cian Kelleher fielded the ball and lobbed the ball through to Charlie Kelleher who made no mistake and finished smartly into the bottom left corner.

FT score:

Chroí Naofa 3:05

DLS 8:09

Scorers for De La Salle: Joe O’Mullane (2-04, 0-1 free); Zack Ryan (2-03); Cian Kelleher (2-00); Sam Pickering (1-00); Charlie Kelleher (1-00); Jack Sweeney (0-01); Fionn Kelleher (0-01)

Report by 4th year students Seán O’Riordan, Jk Long and Shane Hodman.

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