St. Patrick’s Corduff – 8

Scoil Mhuire – 5

The boy’s soccer team played their league opener away to St. Patrick’s, Corduff in what turned out to be a thriller.

Scoil Mhuire opened the scoring on 10 minutes. After great work from Cian Moran, Adam McNulty beat the offside trap and slotted the ball neatly under the advancing keeper. St. Patrick’s quickly drew level however with a very well taken goal.

The Airlie Heights lads got straight back to business and Calum Byrne scored a contender for goal of the season when he connected sweetly with a half volley on the edge of the box. Sam Kennedy scored Scoil Mhuire’s third after Adam McNulty unselfishly assisted him.

Scoil Mhuire’s defence of Emmet Kelleher, Adam Harrington, Jamie Harrington and Seán Coleman along with goalkeeper Aaron Geoghegan really had been excellent all half. However, two fortuitous long balls resulted in two goals for St. Patrick’s just before half time which left the sides level.

Fresh legs were needed at half time and Sean Murphy, Krish Rawat and Sean Ryan replaced Emmet Kelleher, Sean Coleman and Cian Moran respectively.

St. Patrick’s got a fourth shortly after the restart but after great work down the left by Zac O’Sullivan, Noah Shiels powered home a header from close range to level matters. Sam Kennedy added a fifth with a superb finish from outside the box shortly after.

Craig Wilson and Harry Lynam came on and really impressed on the wings however, it wasn’t to be as St. Patrick’s took over in the last fifteen minutes and won 8-5 in the end.