Under 9A League Play-off
Ag Renyolds Cup
Castleknock Celtic 3
Swords Rovers 2
Under-10A team had a fine win to capture the Ag Reynolds Cup, coming back from 2
goals down with six minutes left remaining, to win with the last kick of the
The match started
very badly for the Castleknock youngsters, captained and inspired by Paul Daly.
The occasion seemed to get to them, and
they conceded two goals in the first quarter against a strong and fast Swords
Rovers team. They were probably lucky to be only two down as a couple of great
tackles from Ian McSharry and Sean Hanney kept out certain goals. Luckily the
break came and the team regrouped and from then on dominated the game with a
strong showing from goalkeeper Adam Weafer and the tough tackling defence of
Mark Conroy, Sean Hanney and Shane Dunne. The midfield began to dominate with
skilful passing and strong running. The interplay between Sean Hoare, Ian
McSharry, Roddy Collins, Kevin Flanagan and Paul Daly was a joy to behold as
they pushed Swords back on the defensive. For the second and third quarters,
they pushed forward seeking a breakthrough goal. Star forwards Eoghan Bradshaw
and Gavin Boyne were foiled on a number of occasions by good defence and
At the start of the
fourth quarter the boys were told that if you get one you'll get three. However
it was still looking poor with about six minutes to go. Then came the decisive
move of the match. Adam Weafer found Roddy Collins with some space in midfield.
He beat a player and as he moved forward, he gave a fantastic defence splitting
pass to Gavin Boyne. Gavin still had their big centre half to beat. He pushed
the ball past him and shot from the edge of the box right into he top corner of
the net. A fantastic goal.
This lifted the team
and they surged forward. With a minute to go Shane Dunne passed to Kevin
Flanagan free on the left wing. He cut inside and hit a hard, high shot that the
keeper could only parry into the net. They were level now and heading into
injury time with the tension growing. More great work in defence by Mark Conroy
as he gave the ball to the superb Sean Hoare in midfield. His through ball found
Gavin Boyne in a tussle with the centre half again. And again Gavin won the
ball, rounded the centre half and calmly slotted the ball to the bottom corner
of the net.
The scenes of jubilation
were incredible. It took the referee five minutes to restore order to officially
whistle for the end of the match.
It was a well
deserved victory for Castleknock who merited a trophy for their excellent
season. They play brilliant football, good ball skills, flowing moves, dribbling
and wonderful shooting. In all
matches during the year, they scored an incredible 124 goals.
Swords Rovers who were well served by their goalkeeper, centre half and a
midlieder of exception quality.