Today the boy’s soccer team participated in the County Carlow finals of the FAI 5-a-side schools competition. Having breezed through the qualifiers earlier in the week the boys were in for a shock at the huge step up in quality of the teams they faced today and the challenges they presented.
Despite some mistakes early on the boys began to settle down and played well as a team. On an extremely hot day the team defended well but attacking opportunities were few and far between. Aaron Davis and Conor Mulvany were working well and though difficult, created and converted a number of chances. Lee Doyle and Lee Bowes were under pressure in defense but between them and some outstanding goalkeeping from Aaron Kelly we managed to stay competitive throughout. Aaron Byrne was an exceptional substitute who made a huge impact in all three games. We drew our 3 games which was good enough to secure qualification for the South Leinster Finals which take place in Bunclody after the Easter holidays.
The boys team had their first outing of the year in the FAI schools 5-a-side competition today in the Carlow qualifiers. Having a great history of success in the competition in recent years the boys were a little nervous heading into the games but settled into their job well once they arrived in Carlow.
The boys were successful in all three games with very convincing victories and big scorelines. They played fantastically as a team and the skill level of their passing and goal scoring was a delight to watch for the spectators the team soon began to attract. Lee Bowes was in excellent scoring form with a long range thunderbolt into the top corner as well as a silky back-heeled finish. Aaron Kelly was very reliable in goals and Lee Doyle and John Mc Kiernan were rock solid in defense. In attack Aaron Davis and Conor Mulvany were a torment to their opposing defenders throughout the day while Kyle Davis and Aaron Byrne also chipped in with a few super goals. The boys put in a great performance whilst realizing that tougher challenges remain ahead.