5th Nov 2015

The Junior footballers finished up before the midterm break against Clonburris. Apologies for the delay but below are the final match report and player profiles.

Scoil Mhuire 2-2
Clonburris 3-3

The Scoil Mhuire lads ended their campaign against Clonburris in Monastery Road, Clondalkin on Tuesday 20/10/15. The cold weather didn’t affect either team and the football on show was a joy to watch. Clonburris started the brighter, however, the Scoil Mhuire defence put their bodies on the line to keep the opposition at bay and the Lucan boys registered the first score of the game grabbing a goal on the counter attack.
Scoil Mhuire were on the back foot for the rest of the half however, and only for some fantastic defending the game could have been over as a contest at half time. Sam Sebastine was the pick of the bunch in the first half as he made block after block and stuck his head where most wouldn’t put their foot! The Woodview/Airlie Heights boys went into the break 1-0 to 2-2 down but they were extremely positive as they knew they hadn’t played anywhere near their potential yet.
The boys started the second half extremely well and began to play the free flowing football the supporters had been used to seeing over the last five weeks. The deficit was shortened early on with a point from Fionn Buckley, however Clonburris got a goal against the run of play. After bombarding the Clonburris goal Scoil Mhuire were rewarded five minutes from time with 1-1 in quick succession after some great link up play between Tommy Mulhall and Harry Watkins. This led to a tense finale as Scoil Mhuire tried to break down the stubborn Clonburris defence to find the equaliser. It was not meant to be however, and the Clondalkin boys tagged on a late point to leave 4 between the teams and register a well-deserved win.
This is the end of a very positive campaign for the Junior footballers. 27 boys from 4th and 5th class represented their school over the five weeks which saw them win three games and only lose narrowly on two occasions. Mr. Kirwan and Mr. Neylon would like to thank everyone who provided lifts to matches and supported the boys over the last few weeks. It’s something that makes our job much easier and we really appreciate it.

Charlie Byrne – A gentle giant off the pitch who would go through a brick wall on it. Charlie represented our Senior footballers in Croke park on Tuesday which tells you everything.

Killian Gormley – Killian’s never say die attitude is incredible. I think he has covered every blade of grass in Lucan, Rathcoole and Clondalkin over the five weeks. A real warrior.

Niall Higgins – For such a big lad Niall possesses fantastic skill. He is one of those players you can put anywhere on the pitch and he will do the job without complaining.

Max Hennessey – Another boy who would run through a brick wall. Max has a fantastic ability to run as fast when he’s soloing. One for the future.

Daniel Kane – This boy has the heart of a lion and the skill to match. A consistent performer who always makes the right decision. Daniel also represented the school in Croke Park on Tuesday.

Aryan Rawat – Aryan was contemplating not playing gaelic this year and thank god he changed his mind! What a player. He has a fantastic ability to read the game and attacks the ball all the time. Brilliant defender.

Fionn Buckley – Our go to man. This boy was our outlet when we were under pressure and popped up with many important scores. A great team player as well to link up the play.

Titas Dubinskas – Titas is a nippy corner forward who gave his markers a torrid time in every game. His unselfish play set up his team mates on many occasions.

James Foley – The playmaker. A real silky player who pulls the strings from centre forward. He always has his head up and is able to make those “eye of a needle” passes. Class act.

Kevin Gormley – Every team needs a Kevin Gormley. His determination is really something to be admired. There is never a 50/50 with Kevin, it’s simply his ball. Great midfielder.

Jamie Hoey – Jamie joined the panel late and proved how much of a loss he was with a fantastic debut in our third game. Jamie is a real team player and he had a stormer in goal in our final game.

Seán Treanor – This boy never complains, goes about his business quietly and is very consistent. Seán always attacks the ball and never gives up. If you get by Seán, it won’t be long until he catches you. A great defender.

Robert Keher – Robert is a fantastic footballer. He played midfield in all our five games which tells it’s own story. A class act who has real fire in the belly.

Garreth McDonnell – Garreth is another footballer who prides himself on his kick passing. Garreth always looks to hit the early ball which is a dream for our inside forwards.

Jack Hyland – If I was going into battle I would be bringing Jack Hyland with me. Like the other defenders he is extremely brave. Out and out defender who has mastered the art of tackling.

Alex O’Toole – If there is a job to be done on the pitch Alex is your man. He has played in both attack and defence over the last few weeks and he was brilliant in both. Always gives 100%.

Edward Nabulele – A natural defender who doesn’t give his marker a minutes rest. I wouldn’t like to be marked by him!

Alex Turley – In soccer Alex would be a “fox in the box”. In this case we’ll call him the “hare in the square”. Unbelievable pace and always pops up with a goal. Fantastic player.

Paul Sherlock – Paul has the heart of a lion and always makes the right choice. A modest footballer who goes about his business quietly.

Gallas Kebana – Probably the most improved player on the team. When we told the lads to go home and practice certain skills Gallas always showed improvement in the next game. A modern day wing forward who will run all day long.

Conor Carroll – A very smart footballer. He makes runs off the ball to make space for his team mates. Very undelfish in possession and always looks for a pass.

Liam Dunphy – A small lad with a big heart. Liam is a fearless lad who attacks every ball even if he has no right to! Shows great promise as a player.

Tom Martin – Tom is a very neat footballer. He’s the type of lad you know you can rely on to keep possession. A real team player.

Matthew O’Reilly – Matthew is the type of player that takes all the pressure off his team mates. When you’re under the cosh you give the ball to Tom and he will win it. Great target man.

Sam Sebastine – What a find! Anyone who under estimates him because of his size are quickly brought back down to earth. Plays the game at 100 miles an hour and would put his head where I wouldn’t put my foot!

Nikolas Simeunovic – Nikolas showed his class in the third game this year when he collected a ball and quickly fed James Foley to score at a pivotal time. Nothing seems to faze him.

Harry Watkins – A boy who played his first game in our final game. A nippy corner forward who made intelligent runs and really impressed. One to watch next year.