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. We put in a solid performance but will need to improve for our next big day out in Bunclody.
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.
The school’s 5 a side soccer team were victorious on Wednesday in the SPAR sponsored FAI schools competition. Having come through the county qualifiers before Easter the boys knew they would need to up their work rate for the finals. This they did with great performances all round from everyone involved. They were composed and in control in all four games and now progress to the South Leinster finals in Bunclody knowing that with a similar attitude and hunger they can succeed once more.
In our first game we defeated Rathmore with goals from Conor Mulvany, Killian Walsh, Ciaran Mooney and Oisin Doyle who was to prove a menace to the oppositions defences all day.
In our next game we dominated Nurney with hat-tricks from both Ciaran Mooney and Oisin Doyle as well as quality strikes from Killian Walsh. Goal poacher supreme Marty Walsh also glided in to get his name on the scoresheet. Aaron Kelly was excellent in defence in this encounter.
Our third game was against Ardattin who’d defeated us in the qualifiers. The boys displayed no nerves. It was a solid 2-0 win with Oisin Doyle once again putting the ball in the net. Goalkeeper James Whelan was the main man in this game. He encouraged and guided his team from start to finish and made sure no mistakes were made.
Our final game was against Ballinkillen. This was the deciding game. Whoever won would go forward to represent Carlow in the south Leinster final. Team captain Killian Walsh worked his socks off in this game. He showed great skill and determination throughout and linked up well with Ciaran Mooney and Conor Mulvany. Aaron Davis was also excellent in defence. A 4-0 victory and qualification was our prize. Job done.
Next week brings a greater challenge. This team is ready.
FAI Girls 5 a side
Congratulations to our Girls 5 a side soccer team who played three matches in the Girls County final in St. Patrick’s F.C.
In our first match the girls played Tinryland .The team found their feet from the word go and their hard work paid off with a superb goal by Lauryn Quigley. Anna Lynch was rock solid in goals,in defence Lauren McGrath and Eva Kavanagh defended heroically while Lauryn McGrath and Ailbhe Maguire controlled midfield. Up front Amy Byrne and Megan King gave a great display.
The team’s second match was against Rathvilly.In a really tight contest the girls were unlucky to lose by a single goal.
The final match was against Old Leighlin. The girls played their hearts out and gave a great display but just came up short against a very strong Old Leighlin side.
Well done girls on an superb team display.
FAI Primary Schools Five a Side Competition
Congratulations to our girls soccer team who participated in the Carlow qualifiers on Wednesday the 6th of April. The girls were outstanding on the day and will be taking part in the county finals next week alongside our boys soccer team. We are looking forward to representing our school with both a female and a male team in the finals for the first time ever.
FAI Primary Schools Five a Side Competition
Our school’s soccer team participated in the Carlow qualifiers in St. Patrick’s F.C, Graiguecullen on Wednesday the 9th of March. Having had a very successful history in this competition in recent years our boys felt under pressure to deliver.
In our first game the team played a strong Tinryland side. Despite a shaky start we won the game 3-1 with goals from Oisin Doyle and Killian Walsh and strong performances from Conor Mulvany and Aaron Kelly in goals.
Our second game produced some outstanding play from our team with some excellent passing and well worked goals. We were convincing winners over Carlow Educate Together. Killian Walsh, Oisin Doyle, Aaron Davis, James Whelan and Marty Walsh all got on the scoresheet here. Ciaran Mooney and Conor Mulvany again were also in outstanding form.
Our final game was against Ardattin. In the first half our team were in total control but despite this could not convert our possession into goals. We then scored first and our concentration immediately slipped. Ardattin scored two goals in quick succession and we were defeated 2-1.
It was a shock defeat and meant qualifying was out of our control. Luckily other results went our way and we qualified for the Carlow Finals which take place after Easter. The team has no shortage of talent with the F.A.I officials noting the names of a number of our players throughout the tournament. However a big improvement in concentration will be needed in the Carlow Finals to make sure we qualify for South Leinster.
Ready to kick off.
Minding the Goal
On the attack.
FAI 5 a side Leinster Final
The school soccer team made the long journey to Navan,County Meath this morning hoping to clinch the Leinster title and progress to the national finals in the Aviva Stadium.
The boys made a good start with a convincing 2-0 victory.In the second game they once again opened strongly and opened up a 2-0 half time lead.They failed to maintain their momentum in the second half however and went down at the end by a 3-2 scoreline.Their confidence dented they never got going in the last game and thus were eliminated from the contest.
Nontheless the school is very proud of this team for making it to the last sixteen in the competition.
Leinster Final Team
A pause in play
Covering the dropping ball
Our defence under pressure.
A race for possession.
Keeping your opponent at bay.
South Leinster Champions!!
Having won the Co. Carlow 5-a-side championship just before Easter the boys were out in Bunclody today to compete in the South Leinster finals. The boys had a tough task ahead of them as they were to face the very best schools in Wicklow and Wexford. However they took to their task with great confidence and no little skill. When the day’s battles were complete our own heroes stood out as the and much admired and popular winners. The team consisted of James Whelan, Cathal Foley, Sean Moran,Sean Mulvany,Dylan Doyle, Oisin Doyle, Bradley Walsh and Killian Walsh. The boys worked tirelessly and must also be commended on their behaviour and attitude towards the referees,officials and their various opponents.
We got off to a rocky start in our first group game and conceded two early goals. Sean Moran pulled one goal back with a super long range effort but we couldn’t score again and were defeated 2-1.
All eyes on the dropping ball.
He soars into the air for the header.
A tense moment.
In our next game we were much more focused and had a convincing 3-0 victory. Dylan Doyle scored the 3 goals here and Killian Walsh and Oisin Doyle also gave great performances.
Lining up the shot.
This is going to be my ball.
Sidestepping his opponent.
In our final group game a lack of concentration put the team under a little pressure.Despite going 2-0 up with fine goals from Dylan Doyle and Sean Moran we somehow managed to lose this advantage and drew the game 2-2. Great defending from Oisin Doyle and Bradley Walsh just about kept us in the game near the end. After a few nervous minutes wait the FAI officials confirmed we’d made the semi final stage on goal difference.
On the volley.
At this point our boys really showed their true class. We won this semi-final 3-1 with two goals from Dylan Doyle and one from Sean Mulvany. Cathal Foley deserves great credit for his defending in this one.
In the final we were set to play St. Leonard’s from Wexford. Despite losing to this team in our first group game the boys were now brimming with confidence heading into the final.Two goals again from Dylan Doyle and one from Sean Mulvany helped us to a 3-0 victory.James Whelan was immense in goals with some fabulous saves and Sean Moran’s leadership ensured no silly mistakes were made in the closing minutes. It was a tired but happy team that made it’s way back to Hacketstown as South Leinster Champions!
The happy victors.
With the FAI representative.