U15 PREMIER SKETCHERS NATIONAL CUP SEMI FINAL MATCH REPORT

Great day yesterday for our U15 premier team who have reached the SFAI Skechers U15 National Cup final – also known as the Evans Cup, the most prestigious national competition in schoolboys football. A 2-0 win at home to Douglas Hall saw us advance to the final.

On a glorious day at Marys Park in front of a massive crowd, our lads began the game at a high tempo taking the game to the Hall from the start. Douglas are a very good team who are leading the CSL u15 premier division. They were very well organised & disciplined and they proved difficult to break down. We created 3 good chances in the first 20 mins but couldn’t take them. Ronan Murphy & James O’Leary were causing Douglas all sorts of problems down the wings.

Then after 25 minutes, an expertly struck corner by James O’Leary was connected and finished to the net by Conor Docherty. This was Conor’s 17th goal from 13 games this season. Nothing more than we deserved at that point.

We were on top for the remainder of the half but Douglas defended well and it was 1 nil at the break.

The second half began with a bit more pressure from Douglas but the back 4 of Sean Thomas, Colm Murphy, Tadhg O’Donoghue and Kevin O’Dea defended brilliantly with Sean Dennehy in goal providing tremendous safety behind the back 4.

We continued to play good football and press forward creating some more chances. Then with 15 mins remaining, good play in midfield from Neil Cunnigham & Pierce Cummins released Jamie O’Driscoll over the top. Jamie expertly finished past the advancing keeper from 20 yards to give us 2 nil lead.

The result was never in doubt after this and we saw out the game comfortably to lead to wild celebrations at the final whistle.

This is an unbelievable achievement for this group of players – credit to all of 20 of them in the squad. They have gotten the reward for the effort they have put in throughout the season. This is St. Mary’s first schoolboys national cup final since 1981 – 36 years in the waiting. What a group of talented and dedicated young men.

Thanks to Douglas Hall for a very honest and gallant effort. Thanks to all of the supporters who made the day a great occassion. Thanks to the girls in the kitchen for providing the teas & coffees & refreshments for everybody. Thanks to all in the club who worked to make this a very special day at Marys Park.

Most of all, thanks to the players of our U15 Premier squad for making us so proud – you are credit to yourselves, your families and the club.

We now look forward to a final in Cork on 13th May next. We are absolutely delighted to make the final but we’re not satisfied – we now want to go and win the cup.

HON THE SAINTS

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