Douglas Community School 2, Cresent Comprehensive College 1
(Rob Lehane, Eoghan Murphy)
On Tuesday 22 March at Pike Rovers Grounds Limerick, our senior soccer team captured the Munster Youth Cup with a magnificent 2-1 victory over Crescent Comprehensive College of Limerick.
The first half was a tight affair with neither side having many clear cut chances and both defences coming out on top. Josh Kra and Eoghan Murphy were looking extremely solid in their centre half partnership while Stephen Bunney was getting through a trojan amount of work in midfield and was a major physical prescence throughout the tie. He broke up play very well and also distributed the ball efficiently.
At half-time manager Mr Kevin Ronayne urged his team to attack more and try and be more creative in possession. The lads clearly set about their business with far more energy and attacking guise in the second period. We were rewarded for our excellent football with a brilliant goal ten minutes into the second half when the industrious Bunney won a header in midfield, the ball broke to Eoin Cremin and with a delightful through ball he set up Rob Lehane for a one-on-one with the Cresent keeper. Rob didn’t panic and as the keeper advanced to narrow the angle Rob lofted the ball over him with a superb chip. A brilliant goal from an outstanding player, his 13th goal of a wonderful year for the school.
The second goal arrived courtesy of man-of-the-match and undoubtedly player of the year, Eoghan Murphy. Graham Cullinane, who was orchestrating the midfield from the first whistle delivered an excellent free kick and Murphy’s finish was in keeping with the standards he had set all year, a sublime take down and volley that was truly superb.
Cresent snuck in for a dubious consolation goal but our team had the belief and determination necessary to see the game out for a memorable victory. Our back four of Jack Wilkins, Eoghan Murphy, Josh Kra and Captain fantastic Andrew Lehane were immense throughout, and even when they were breached on the odd occasion Cian Hammond was alive and alert to snuff out any possible danger. In midfield Cullinane and Bunney were excellent; on the wings Luke O’ Sullivan was a constant threat going forward while also fulfilling his defensive duties when required. Eoin Cremin was immense throughout, working tirelessly and making incisive runs cutting the cresent back four apart. Up front Darren O’ Sullivan, who recently returned from a serious injury, was back to his brilliant best and was himself unlucky to be ruled offside for a deadly finish to a flowing move. Much has been said and written about Rob Lehane. On this occasion Rob was simply brilliant. His pace was electrifying, his touch sublime, and his ball control and dribbling skills a wonder to behold. Our subs too played a sigifcant part with Shaun Healy, Paul Beale and Cormac McCarthy giving everything when they came on at vital stages of the second half.
Our old friend from Limerick Michael Molyneaux presented the cup to captain Andrew Lehane afterwards to the delight of the squad and the travelling faithful. A big thanks to teachers Mr Sean Fahy and Mr John O’ Leary who accompanied the traveeling support to the game. The squad showed a togetherness and unity that got them this result. They can be extremely proud of their efforts. A County Cup still remains to challenge for and the lads are now fully focussed on this task.
Cian Hammond, Jack Wilkins, Eoghan Murphy, Andrew Lehane, Luke O’ Sullivan, Eoin Cremin, Graham Cullinane, Stephen Bunnie, Rob Lehane, Darren O’ Sullivan, Cian Ryder, Cormac McCarthy, Paul Beale, Shaun Healy, Jack Buckley, Eoghan O’ Connell, Andy O’ Connell, Adrian O’ Connell, Billy Davis, Djamal Tirab, Padraig O’ Flynn, Michael Forrest, John Daly.