Result: ERSS 4 – Gael Colaiste Mhuire 1
Our under 15 team were in action today, playing Gael Colaiste Mhuire from Cork. We had a very fast start from kick off. The ball was played back to our keeper Henry Kirby, who spotted the run of our striker Conor O’Meara. Conor held off 2 defenders to allowed Manuel de la Cuevas Conde to get onto the ball and score.
The Gael school players were composed despite going behind so early, and put pressure on us for the next 10 minutes. Our midfield and back line dealt well with the pressure and allowed very little to reach our keeper.
We won a corner, taken by Manuel. We forced their keeper into a save from a Luke Raggett shot and Conor Norris scored from the rebound.
We again had to deal with a number of Gael school attacks. Dylan Walsh clearing a near goal from their corner, Conor Norris also clearing off the line from a shot outside the box. We were lucky with one of their shots hitting the cross-bar and this prompted a better passage of play from our team.
We broke from midfield using Luke Raggett’s great run down the right wing. Luke crossed into the box and Manuel’s slide into the box very nearly connected with the ball. Jamie Comerford done well to get the ball played back into the box and Luke Raggett’s shot just went over the bar via a deflection. With 10min remaining in the first half we pushed on for another goal. A corner from Luke was met by Manuel with his header just over.
With 4 minutes to go the Gael school had a free kick just outside the box. Our wall blocked the shot but the breaking ball fell to their player who forced a fantastic save from Henry Kirby. Henry was again quick to play the ball back up field to Conor O’Meara upfront. Conor held the ball up well and played in Manuel who slotted in our third goal, and Manuel’s second on the day.
Second half started with Gael Colaiste Mhuire coming out very strong. Conor Norris again at the back clearing their shot off the line, but we quickly turned this into attack through Dylan Walsh down the left wing, who’s shot forced a good save from their keeper.
Our defenders played well throughout the game, and had a spell in the second half here where they were immense. Zack Walsh and Conor Norris had to throw themselves into some blocks. Conor Quinn also back making sure we didn’t allow their players clear chances.
Midway through the second half we made some subs. Harry Farrell and Archie Farrell came in upfront. The boys were lively from the moment they came on, getting involved with great build up play.
With 10 minutes left Henry Kirby made a great save from close range and we went on the attack. Blake Wheeler made a great run, putting in Archie who passed onto Manuel and the ball was saved by their keeper. Dylan Walsh and Harry were involved in a build up that again put Manuel in, again forcing a save.
With 5 minutes to go, our persistence finally paid off with a well deserved fourth goal. Conor Quinn’s shot was punched away by their keeper into the path of Harry Farrell who scored.
The Gael school came back, forcing a foul in our box that lead to a penalty
Our final sub was Jack Walsh coming in at centre back to make sure we saw out the game. Jack and Zack Walsh were excellent at the back as we defended a number of corners with some very physical play from the other team.
Overall, a great game and well played by our boys. The win sees us into the Munster Trophy Final, where we will face either Newport or Killorglin.
We will also have a Quarter Final Game in the A Cup, so some busy weeks ahead for this team as they continue through both competitions.
Aidan Hanlon (2nd) Luke Raggett (2nd) Archie Farrell (3rd) Manuel de la Cuevas Conde (3rd) Blake Wheeler (3rd) Oran Shortiss Day (2nd) Cathal O’Brien (2nd) Reece Bourke (2nd) Conor Norris (3rd) Ronan O’Shea (2nd) Conor O’Meara (2nd) Ryan Jacob (3rd) Conor Quinn (3rd) Scott Wall (2nd) Dylan Walsh (2nd) Zack Walsh (2nd) Eoin Connolly (1st) Ryan Bartley (2nd) Ethan Ryan (2nd) Gavin Coady (2nd) Glenn Bompoh (2nd) Harry Farrell (1st) Henry Kirby (3rd) Jack Walsh (2nd) Jamie Comerford (2nd) Jay O’Gorman (1st)