UNDER 15 Soccer Minor League
5th December 2014
O’Connell School | 8 : 2 | New Cross College Finglas
The old saying of “a game of two halves” certainly applies to this match which took place on a very cold afternoon in New Cross College on the Cappagh Road in Finglas. OCS were slow to start and were duly caught napping at the back when New Cross raced into a 2-0 lead. However great work in midfield by the busy Conor Darcy and the steely Leon Murphy helped to steady the ship and Gareth Gifford pulled one back for OCS with a very tidy finish just before the break. On a very tricky surface, OCS took control in the second half and duly equalised with a strike by the skilful Troy Parrott. This was the signal for the boys from North Richmond Street to put this game beyond the reach of New Cross College. A rapid burst of goals followed and OCS quickly established a commanding lead. A penalty from Troy Parrott and a brace from man-of-the –match Conor Darcy put OCS 5-2 up. A long range effort from Cian Macken (did Ross Burnett get a touch before it went in?) and another close finish from the ever-busy Gareth Gifford put OCS into a 7-2 lead. The final goal was worth waiting for and what a cracker it was! Leon Murphy picked up a loose ball on the edge of the New Cross box and unleashed a belter to the top corner. Certainly a screamer and a definite contender for goal of the season to date! A great victory for OCS in the league and certainly the future looks bright for this band of OCS brothers! Kyle Reid was solid in goal and made a number of great blocks when he was called upon. At the back, Cian Macken, Ade Benjamin, Richard Nugent and Ross Burnett were excellent. Across the middle, Conor Darcy, Calum Osborne, Leon Murphy and Kevin Cardosa worked hard for the cause. Up front Troy Parrott and Gareth Gifford were always alert for the quick break. Ryan Corcoran and Gerard Loftus came on in the second half and both played very well.
WELL DONE TO ONE AND ALL!