An impressive win today for our u15 soccer team, beating Waterpark College 3-0 in the first round of the Munster Minor Trophy.
10min in, a Luke Raggett corner put pressure on their defence who failed to clear, and Zack Walsh capitalised with a strike just inside the box. Some lovely passages of play from our team first half and we had the game well under control in some breezy conditions. Archie Farrell and Jamie Comerford made some good breaks, and we had some tight off-side decisions go against us. Henry Kirby kept us in the game with two good saves from breaks that went against the run of play towards the end of the half.
5min into the second half we made a number of subs. Conor Norris slotted seamlessly into centre back and we gained better control under some very windy conditions. Conor O’Meara, who was on the pitch 1 minute, made a brilliant run from left wing and scored our second.
Waterpark began to attack more at this point and our midfield two, Dylan Walsh and Conor Quinn worked well to limit their attacks. Again, Henry came to the rescue with a fantastic one-on-one save when we were opened up. Gabriel Durand came on to give us fresh legs on the wings and Harry Farrell came on for his debut to replace his older brother Archie as striker. Harry was energetic and his movement caused Waterpark some difficulties with our midfielders using the space created to attack. Reece Bourke’s introduction at left wing had an instant impact, playing a ball across goal, met by Conor O’Meara and almost scoring.
At 2-0 up, the team continued to push, playing some great football. We came under some pressure playing against the wind, but again Henry Kirby stepped up as keeper and made some vital interceptions on their floating corners. Ethan Ryan took over in midfield with 10min to go and added some more momentum to get the ball higher up the pitch.
Our third goal was down to the hard work of Blake Wheeler at left back, getting a lovely ball into Conor O’Meara, who slotted home his second. Blake had made many similar crosses all game, and we finally made the most of his pin-point balls into the box. Aidan Hanlon stepped in as centre back for the remaining time and help to hold onto the clean sheet with Scott Wall working tirelessly down the right to fend off their attacks as he had done all game.
Well done to all the players – a fantastic and entertaining game to watch!
Henry Kirby (3rd) - Eoin Connolly (1st) - Jack Walsh (2nd) - Zack Walsh (2nd) - Conor Norris (3rd) - Aidan Hanlon (2nd) - Scott Wall (2nd) - Blake Wheeler (3rd) - Reece Bourke (2nd) - Ryan Barkley (3rd) - Ryan Jacob (3rd) - Luke Raggett (2nd) - Manuel de la Cuevas Conde (3rd) - Gabriel Durand (3rd) - Dylan Walsh (2nd) - Ethan Ryan (2nd) - Conor Quinn (3rd) - Archie Farrell (3rd) - Jamie Comerford (2nd) - Oran Shortiss Day (2nd) - Conor O’Meara (2nd) - Harry Farrell (1st) - Marco Llerena (3rd)