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U16.5 Match Report   26/01/2022

U16.5 challenge game vs Bishopstown Community School

De La Salle Macroom faced Bishopstown Community School on a windy and cold afternoon in the impressive new Bishopstown astro pitch. The De La Salle players used the warm up to adapt to the bounce and speed of the ball on the fresh surface. After a good warm up and some words of motivation from the coaches, Cian Kiely and Shane Ryan, the team was called out and ready for throw in.

Bishopstown took first possession, but De La Salle were eager from the offset. Joe Mullane worked hard to win possession, making many runs which resulted in the first point for De La Salle, finished by Dennis Mullane. During the first half Joe Mullane continued to make life difficult for Bishopstown, running up and down the centre, connecting the back and forward line. However, Bishopstown composed themselves and started to lay on the pressure and test De La Salle’s defence. A few saves were made by Cian Desmond but Bishopstown eventually found the net. The result of the first quarter was 1:3 (Bishopstown) to 0:3 (De La Salle)

After the first quarter, cracks in De La Salle’s defence were shown, with Bishopstown tearing through the middle too easily. Although Macroom managed to put 4 points on the board, Bishopstown got 2 goals and 3 points. The first half ended 3:6 to 7 points.

During the half time break 3 subs came on to give new hope for De La Salle. Bishopstown proved too strong and consistent,  piling on the pressure and breaking through the centre and converting their chances. Even though the De La Salle boys work ethic could not be faulted, they just couldn't handle the pressure and fitness levels of the opposition and formed seldom more attacks. The pressing and tackling from bishopstown was too much for the boys to handle. A disappointing, but worthwhile, exercise for our boys.

Bishopstown -  5:09 De La Salle – 0:07

Match Report by Maciej Byrdziak (fourth year)

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