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U16 A County Final Match Report   13/05/2022

U16 A County Final Match Report

De La Salle voyaged to Millstreet to face Patrician Academy of Mallow in the county title decider. The pitch was lined with spectators from both schools and towns, the stage was set for a classic. De La Salle had been dominant on their road to the final but this was expected to be a tougher test.

The game started and the crowd roared into life. Tom Browne knocked over an early free but Patrician academy responded with two from play. Beautiful free flowing football was on display from both sides however both sets of forwards were struggling to make ground. However, from nowhere Cian Desmond found a Patrician academy player bearing down one-on-one with his goal. Fortunately for De La Salle Desmond pulled off a spectacular save to deny Mallow.

Shortly after this De La Salle were working great scoring opportunities but they were struggling to convert. The next score came from a Colin Kelleher goal after a superb passage of play. Patrician Academy tried to bounce back but superb defensive structure, work rate and tackling kept them without a score. De La Salle worked another score before conceding a point again. However after a few more phases of play De La Salle full forward Jamie Hourihan scored a great goal to put De La Salle in the driving seat. Denis O Mullane and Tom Browne contributed further but their efforts were largely matched by Patrician academy. De La Salle were wasteful yet the half time score left Patrician academy with a lot to do.

Half time: De La Salle 2:05         Patrician Academy 0:05

The second half started and De La Salle started well, three fast Tom Browne points without reply put them in the driving seat. To add to Patrician academy’s misery they were reduced to fourteen men when their wing back was red carded. De La Salle were really dominating now. The coaches agreed to avail of a water break in the second half because of the sweltering conditions. The score left De La Salle with the game in their hands at:

De La Salle 2:08         Patrician Academy 0:05

Patrician Academy were determined to make a final push in the last quarter and they certainly increased the pressure. They knocked over a point but failed to spoil Cian Desmond’s clean sheet. On the other end Tom Browne kicked a free and De La Salle looked settled. That all changed however, when Mallow scored a goal from a counter attack paired with some untidiness at the back. This filled Patrician academy with belief and really spurred them on whereas De La Salle looked visibly rattled. Almost straight after Patrician academy reduced the gap to three with another goal. Time was almost up and De La Salle were praying for the whistle. With some good game management from coach Shane Ryan on the line De La Salle conserved possession and eventually the full-time whistle came.

It was an all round great performance from one to thirty on the matchday panel and De La Salle were deserving champions.

Full time score: De La Salle 2:09      Patrician Academy 2:06

The team would like to thank coaches Mr. Shane Ryan and Mr. Cian Kiely for their extreme commitment all year and to Mr. Steve Quinn who also assisted in the team’s training sessions.

De La Salle Team: Cian Desmond, David O’Riordan, Fionn Kelleher, David Lynch, Cian O’Sullivan, Sean O’Leary, Cormac Burke, Michael Downey, Ryan Sabas, Oisin O’Sullivan, Denis O’Mullane, Cian Kelleher, Colm Kelleher, Jamie Hourihan, Tom Browne Subs On: Jesse Kelleher, Conor Muller

Match Report by Liam McSweeney (Fourth Year)

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