All-Ireland First Year Soccer Semi-Final 2014-15

All-Ireland First Year Soccer Semi-Final


Thursday, April 30th 2015 

O’Connell School | 3 : 0 | Community College Dunmanway Cork

Following on from their highly impressive victory in Leinster, Mr Colm O’Connell’s First Year soccer team have now reached the All-Ireland Final, yes folks, THE ALL-IRELAND FINAL. It’s the first time since 1977 that OCS will have contested such a final and heartfelt congratulations to the manager and all the squad concerned on this fantastic achievement.

On a beautiful day on a fantastic surface in Clonmel Town, the stage was set for the boys from O’Connell School who started brightly and made the early running in the first half. A super strike from the impressive OCS work-horse Lloyd Lawless gave O’Connell’s the lead in the 19th minute. This goal was a signal for the boys from Dublin to attack further and this is exactly what they did for the next 11 minutes. Just rewards were delivered when the ever-alert Evan Crosbie struck for goal number two when he latched onto a rebound from the Cork ‘keeper to pounce and strike home just before half-time.

In the second half, the team from Cork went for broke and put OCS under fierce pressure from the kick-off. However our ‘keeper Denis ROBU was quite outstanding and his assurance under the high ball was vital in the second half. Again the famous OCS resolve and determination came to the fore and Jordan ‘BONES’ BOYLAN, David OPREA, Sebastian CORCAN and Jamie MURPHY were SUPERB at the back.  The lively Trot PARROTT at centre-midfield crashed a tremendous effort against the bar in the second-half. The Cork team continued to push forward in search of a goal and they were caught on the break when Troy PARROTT broke through their defence and buried the ball in the net. OCS were now in the driving seat and the Cork team were truly beaten.

The OCS midfield engine was controlled by Troy PARROTT, Lloyd LAWLESS, the excellent Scott SHANNON and Evan CROSBIE. Up front, Eduard IACOB and Leon WHEELOCK were a constant threat. In the second half, OCS brought on Antoni SNIEZEK, Corey CUMMINS and Scott COUGHLAN and all three performed excellently. At the final whistle, OCS were 3-0 up and ON THEIR WAY TO AN ALL-IRELAND FINAL. Well done and thanks especially to the team’s manager MR O’CONNELL for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to the squad.


Under 15 Soccer Minor League – Semi-Final 2014-15

UNDER 15 Soccer Minor League Semi-Final


April 15th 2015

O’Connell School | 3 : 1 | Our Lady of Mercy Drimnagh

The stage was set for Mr Hurley and his Under 15 soccer squad in Clontarf. This was it now, the Dublin League Metropolitan semi-final with O’Connells at home (as group winners) against a fancied team from Drimnagh. OCS were quick at the start and set off probing the diamond midfield formation on show from Drimnagh. Some great work in midfield by the busy Conor Darcy and the steely Leon Murphy helped to steady the OCS ship and the skilful Darcy completed a swift move down the middle with a blast to the Drimnagh net in the 20th minute. This was the signal for the boys from North Richmond Street to put this game beyond the reach of the opposition. A quick intercept from the ever-alert Precious Adenubi put O’Connells two up just before half-time and now OCS were in a commanding lead.

A further goal fromman-of-the-match Conor Darcy in the second half really put this game beyond the reach of the Drimnagh boys but they did get in for a headed goal with five minutes left. However it was too late at that stage for a come-back. OCS were victorious and in the final. 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, Jordan Wynne, Leon Murphy and Troy Parrott worked hard for the cause. Up front Precious Adenubi and Gareth Gifford were always alert for the quick break. Ryan Corcoran, Jonathan Dowdall, Kevin Cardosa and Jake Taaffe came on in the second half and all played very well. Thanks especially to the team’s manager MR HURLEY for all his hard work, commitment and dedication to the squad.


Under 15 Soccer Minor League – New Cross College Finglas

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.



Under 17 Soccer League – Adamstown College

UNDER 17 Soccer League


28th November 2014

O’Connell School | 3 : 4 | Adamstown College

Away for our third group game in the league, the boys from North Richmond Street put in a great performance but even though they were 2-0 up, OCS sadly lost out on a final score line of 4-3. Scoreless at half time, a sublime and quite brilliant strike from Jordan Wynne put us 1-0 up and this was quickly followed by a second goal from a neat finish by Conor Darcy. However the forced withdrawal of both Dylan Kelly and Mark Corcoran through injury in the second half allowed Adamstown to get back into the game. The OCS lads were devastated to concede two quick goals to Adamstown. Matters settled down for a while but two breakaways allowed Adamstown to further increase their lead. Even though a further late goal from the in-form Conor Darcy reduced the margin, there just wasn’t enough time for OCS to grab an equaliser. Goalkeeper Calvin Kanda was steady throughout and the four lads at the back, Craig Fagan, Michael Storey, Dylan Kelly and Jordan Wynne were solid. Across the middle, Jordan Mc Cann, Adam Kavanagh, Mark Corcoran and man-of-the–match Conor Darcy were busy and business-like. Up front, Dean Murphy and Anthony White were sharp and always alert for the opportunity to strike on goal. Substitutes Dylan Gifford and Nasser Mossy were used in the second half while Cameron Donegan and Gary Gannon were not used today.


Under 15 Soccer Minor Cup – Portmarnock C.S.

UNDER 15 Minor Cup


24th November 2014

O’Connell School | 3 : 2 | Portmarnock C.S.

A superb performance from the OCS lads who notched up a most impressive victory away to a very solid team from Portmarnock. In this, the second round of the Minor Cup, conditions were very heavy underfoot and the pitch cut up quite badly early on. Kyle Reid kept O’Connells in the game in the first half with a series of super saves and it was a Conor Darcy header that allowed OCS to grab the lead in the twentieth minute. Portmarnock equalised on the stroke of half time and the game was evenly poised at the break. A wonderful strike from man-of-the-match Troy Parrott put OCS in the lead again just after the break. At this stage Kyle Reid really showed his class and ability in goal as he made a series of brilliant stops which meant that the O’Connell’s lead remained intact. Indeed the Portmarnock pressure was quite intense and they eventually equalised following a goal-mouth scramble with ten minutes to go. However, Troy Parrott wasn’t finished and he slotted home a late penalty following a foul on Conor Darcy in the box. Victory for OCS! The four warriors at the back, Cian Macken, Ade Benjamin, Richard Nugent and Ross Burnett were excellent. Across the middle, Conor Darcy, Jordan Wynne, Leon Murphy and Precious Adenubi were solid. Up front Troy Parrott and Gareth Dowling were always alert for the quick break. Kevin Cordosa and Gerard Loftus came on in the second half and both played very well. Jake Taaffe and Cameron O’Brien were unused substitutes today.



Under 15 Soccer Minor League – St Tiernan’s College

UNDER 15 Soccer Minor League


12th March 2015

O’Connell School | 7 : 0 | St Tiernan’s College

This was a most convincing display from the OCS lads at home to a physically stronger outfit from Dundrum. The underfoot conditions were extremely difficult on a wet and windy day in Clontarf but once again the OCS resolve was to the fore as the lads stormed into the cup semi-final. St Tiernan’s had a number of very good players and the midfield battle was a joy to behold as the OCS lads kept the opposition in check with some fantastic tackling and tracking back. An early goal from the impressive Ade Adebanjo set O’Connells on their way and this was followed by a quick free kick to the net by the busy Troy Parrott. The ever-alert Precious Adenubi added a third before half-time with a neat flick to the net and at this stage the weather deteriorated with a heavy downpour that turned the pitch into a very slippery surface, just like an ice-rink. However the OCS boys brought their ice skates with them and further goals in the second half from young Parrott, Gareth Dowling, captain Conor Darcy and Richard Nugent meant that OCS were through to the last four in the competition.

Kyle Reid was solid in goal, making one fantastic Petr Cech-like save in the second half. Ross Burnett, Cian Macken, Ade Adebanjo and Richard Nugent were very accomplished at the back. Precious Adenubi, Jordan Wynne, Conor Darcy and man-of-the match Leon Murphy were very busy throughout. Up front Troy Parrott and Gareth Dowling worked very hard for the cause. Jonathan Dowdall, Jake Taaffe and Calum Osborne were all used and all three did very well when introduced in the second half.



Under 17 Soccer League – New Cross College Finglas

UNDER 17 Soccer League 2014-15


17th November 2014

O’Connell School | 2 : 11 | New Cross College Finglas

Away for our second group game in the league, the boys from OCS were short a few of their regular players in this clash at Charlestown. The score line certainly reflects the gulf in class on this occasion as OCS had put in a good performance in the Cup against this solid team from Finglas. However there was only ever going to be one winner in this game and New Cross quickly raced into a six goal lead. Tyler Cumberton scored a brace for OCS in the second half. His first effort was a spectacular lob from the halfway line, very similar to a famous goal that David Beckham once scored for Manchester United against Wimbledon in 1996. Goalkeeper Dylan Kelly has to be commended for his performance in goal as he was very busy throughout and made a number of spectacular saves. At the back Peter Carr, Craig Fagan, Patrick McGuinness and Leroy Quinn tried hard at all times but were unable to halt the tidal waves of attacks from a very sharp team from New Cross College. Across the middle Adam Kavanagh, Jordan Wynne, Mark Corcoran and Dean Murphy were busy. Up front, Nasser Mossy and Tyler Cumberton kept running at the Finglas defence and did cause some problems especially in the second half. Substitues Gary Gannon and Indrajit Chhantyal were impressive when introduced in the second half.


Under 17 Soccer League – Castleknock College

UNDER 17 Soccer League 2014-15


15th October 2014

O’Connell School | 2 : 2 | Castleknock College

At home for our first group game in the league, the boys from OCS began their group stage with this 2-2 draw against a strong outfit from Castleknock College. An early headed goal from the flourishing Conor Darcy put OCS into a commanding and deserved 1-0 lead heading towards half time. However Castleknock equalised on the stroke of the 40th minute when a quick break saw their striker finish neatly on a one-to-one with our outstanding ‘keeper Kieran Comerford. The four lads at the back, Craig Fagan, Cameron Donegan, Dylan Kelly and Peter Carr were solid. Across the middle, Dean Murphy, Adam Kavanagh, Jordan McCann and man-of-the–match Mark Corcoran were excellent. Up front, Nasser Mossey and Tyler Cumberton (making his debut) were sharp and always alert for the quick break. Indeed it was a snap shot from the work-horse Tyler Cumberton that restored the advantage for OCS in the second half. The OCS defence then came under a huge amount of pressure in the second half and but for the heroics of Kieran ‘The Cat’ Comerford in goal, OCS would surely have been beaten. The relentless pressure from Castleknock paid off late in the second half when they equalised following a break on the left. 2-2 was the final score and the lads from OCS were lucky in the end to scrape a draw. Substitutes Michael Storey, Leroy Quinn and Dylan Gifford were all used today.


Under 17 Soccer Cup – Patrician College/New Cross College Finglas

UNDER 17 Soccer Cup


October 7th 2014

O’Connell School | 2 : 5 | Patrician College/New Cross College Finglas

Away for our first outing in the Junior Cup this year and hopes were high on our journey to Finglas. The boys from OCS fought well against a solid team from the former Patrician College but lost out on a final score-line of 5-2. An early 2-0 lead was built up by New Cross College but a superb strike from man-of-the-match Adam Kavanagh brought OCS back into the game. A further strike from New Cross put them 3-1 up but once again captain fantastic Adam Kavanagh replied for OCS and the score was 3-2 heading for half-time. A spectacular shot on the OCS goal from 40 yards found the net on the stroke of half-time and there the score remained until the 75th minute when a New Cross College break-away found the target again. Kieran Comerford was brave in goal and the four lads at the back, Dean Murphy, Cian Macken, Craig Fagan and Mark Corcoran were excellent and very solid in the tackle. Across the middle, Leroy Quinn, Jordan McCann, Conor Darcy and Adam Kavanagh gave everything. Up front, Nasser Mossey and Evan Pierce were sharp and always alert for the quick break. Substitutes Tyler Cumberton, Michael Storey, Dylan Kelly and Dylan Gifford were all used today.


Under 14 Dublin Gaelic Football Final

Dublin Under 14 Final

Friday January 09, 2015

O’Connell School vs Colaiste Chillian

This was the match we had been waiting an eternity for. The game was fixed for the first Friday back after the Christmas holidays. The elite management team of Mr. Farrelly and Mr. Levins were somewhat anxious that our star athletes may have overindulged on mince pies and Christmas pudding. However, it was a mighty relief that the boys had vigilantly stuck to the vegetable and high protein diet that had been advised!! They looked to be in great shape.

There was a certain degree of nervousness and excitement all week in the lead up to the game, which of course is a natural part of participating in a final. The atmosphere got tenser as the days dropped off; and finally the Friday was upon us.

All week we had experienced typical January weather. It was cold…very cold in fact. It was windy. It was wet. It was grey. It was dreary. Friday brought no change to that weather. We met as usual in the canteen area. The OCS boys were excited and eager to get going. We changed into our gear in the canteen and made sure that everybody was in full school gear and ready to go. Mr. Canning parked the bus and OCS boys embarked in full voice and were filled with confidence.

We arrived at St. Brigid’s grounds in Blanchardstown and headed straight for the changing rooms. Jerseys were distributed, positions announced and tactics discussed. The OCS boys sat and listened eagerly to the wisdom of Messer’s Farrelly and Levins. After a rebel rousing ‘do we want to win this?’ speech from the two bearded figures of inspiration, the OCS boys took to the field.

To say that the wind was strong would be an understatement. A hurricane-type wind was blowing diagonally across the pitch. Our Captain on the day, Richard Nugent went in for the toss of the coin. We elected to play against the storm in the first half. This meant that the OCS boys would have to defend for their lives for the first half; a challenge that they accepted.

The ball was thrown in and our midfield duo of Cian Macken and Troy Parrott won possession and immediately put down a marker of what was to come in this game. This half really showed the spirit of the OCS boys. We started with an excellent goal dispatched by the hard working and skilful Evan Crosbie. It was the dream start in such challenging conditions. Colaiste Chillain responded to this attack and scored a point. They began to dominate possession and the wind was a huge factor. The ball was travelling easily for them yet they were not inflicting too much damage. The OCS full back line of David Oprea, Callum Osbourne and Jordan Boylan were outstanding as was our goalkeeper Kyle Reid. They were protected by the equally impressive half back line of Denis Robu, Scott Shannon and Ross Burnett. Our defence countered wave after wave of attack and broke up the flow of the Clondalkin schools play. We then conceded 2-2 which was unfortunate, before Cian Macken got a point back for us. Richard Nugent then struck over an excellent free for us. The wind did not make it easy for him, but he expertly converted it; a goal behind and still in the game. Colaiste Chillian then scored 1-1 leaving us further behind, yet we did not panic. The OCS boys had been told not to worry if they found themselves trailing at half time. In fact, they had been told to expect it. These ingenious words from the management team eased any fears the OCS boys may have had. Trailing 3-3 to 1-2, we felt we were still in a strong position. Richard Nugent then went on a run that was against the run of play and sweetly struck our second goal. The OCS spirits were in full throttle again and we sensed that this game was ours for the taking in the second half. Relief rang all around when the referee signalled for half time.

Half Time brought a bit of respite for the OCS boys and we gathered together to rehydrate and get our breath back. The team huddle was initiated and the boys regained focus and knew that they would have tough thirty minutes ahead of them. The wind, although a major obstacle for us, was also a hindrance for Colaiste Chillian. It seemed to carry a lot of their shots and passes over the end line. The OCS tactics for the second half was to let the ball do the travelling, but on a low trajectory. Our full-forward line of Gerard Loftus, Kevin Cordosa and Ryan Corcoran excelled with this type of play. They combined a mixture of strength, skill and speed. This would prevail in the second half. Just behind them on the half forward line were Gareth Dowling, Richard Nugent and Evan Crosbie. These boys worked their socks off for the team. They were full of running and tackling and displayed a ‘never give up’ attitude that inspired the team.

We began the second half with a point from Ryan Corcoran, which was then followed by points from Cian Macken, Troy Parrott and Cian Macken again. We had drawn level. The old mantra of ‘take your points and the goals will follow’ was finally setting in. Colaiste Chillian then responded with their only point of the second half, from a free kick. Again, we found ourselves behind, but we dug deep and began to dictate play. Ross Burnett at centre half back and Troy Parrott in midfield were dominant and displayed some wonderfully skilful football. The ball stuck to their hands like glue and they created wave after wave of attack. Kevin Cordosa, playing at full forward and in the process reminding Ms. Shanahan of a Kerry Legend Eoin ‘the bomber’ Liston, was winning any high ball that was played into him. His fielding was exceptional and one in particular led to his opening goal. He caught a high ball over his head and turned on a sixpence, before delivering the ball to the back of the net. The goal was the turning point of the game. We were now in a winning position and there was less than ten minutes left on the clock. Our next attack again yielded a goal, and again it came from the boot of Kevin Cordosa. He did exceptionally well to keep a loose ball in play, before swivelling and throwing his left peg at the ball. The goalkeeper was ‘nutmegged’ and OCS raced into a five point lead. The travelling crowd from OCS went ecstatic and were led by Mr. Duffy in the celebrations. Five points ahead and less than three minutes remaining. The excitement seemed to distract the OCS boys and allowed Colaiste Chillian to grab a break in play. Their half forward, who was a thorn in our side, raced forward and slid the ball under the under the onrushing Kyle Reid, who in fairness had very little to do in the second half. It was back to two points and just under two minutes remaining. Reid kicked the ball out and again it was broken down by Colaiste Chillian. Mr. Farrelly and Mr. Levins were on the verge of being rushed to Blanchardstown hospital before Callum Osbourne came out and halted their attack. David Oprea, who had an outstanding game, picked up the loose ball and played it to safety, which allowed us to eat up some valuable seconds. A quick counter attack was then summoned and the ball fell to our trusty corner forward Gerard Loftus. Again, this was heart in mouth stuff as Gerard has a penchant for artistic football; however on this occasion Gerard heeded the trusty word of wisdom of his mentors and stuck the ball over the bar for the insurance point, we knew we wouldn’t be beaten but also a draw was not unlikely either. The referee indicated that there was half a minute left. Our forwards fell into position that delayed the kick out. Colaiste Chillian drove forward and spilled the ball. A loose ball is also a dangerous ball in these conditions. Callum Osbourne strode forward in a determined fashion and made sure that the ball was not going to bother Kyle Reid in goal. He drove the ball back down toward the opposition goal and before the ball touched the ground, the referee whistled and signalled the end of a dramatic season for the boys of O’Connell School. The utter relief and pure emotion on Osborne’s face was echoed through all of his teammates, managers and supporters.

The joyous scenes that followed were contrasted against the heart break in the faces of the students of Colaiste Chillian. The OCS boys shook hands and thanked the opposition for a tough, fair and enjoyable game, and then went back to celebrating among themselves. Richard Nugent as captain delivered an excellent speech upon receiving the plaque and did himself and his school proud.

It was a very proud day for all involved. That amazing feeling of winning returned to O’Connell’s after an absence of a few years.

The management team of Mr. Farrelly and Mr. Levins would like to thank all of the squad that were involved all season. Six games, six wins. The squad showed great dedication and determination from the word go. They did the school proud with not only their performances but also their sportsmanship throughout each and every game this season. This team has a lot of potential and hopefully in the years ahead of them in school, they can achieve more success at all levels from here on in.

A special thanks also to Ms. Shanahan who was and is a constant support of Gaelic games in the school. From booking fixtures, pitches and referees to organising the kit, she was an amazing addition to the back room team of this successful team.

Thanks also to Mr. Morris, Mr. Kilbride and Mr Canning for driving the team to all the games this year and for umpiring duties in those games.

Thanks also to Mr. Duffy for providing the opportunity to assemble a team and for the support shown throughout the year in term of fixtures and transport, particularly in the final for organising the travelling support and the healthy celebratory grub for the squad and supporters after the game.

Thanks also to our fellow staff members for the constant encouragement throughout the year.

Kyle Reid
Jordan Boylan Callum Osbourne David Oprea
Denis Robu Ross Burnett Scott Shannon
Troy Parrott Cian Macken
Gareth Dowling Richard Nugent Evan Crosbie
Gerard Loftus Kevin Cordosa Ryan Corcoran

Subs: Jovanny Juliette, Leon Wheelock, Corey Cummins, Cameron O’Brien, Ade Benjamin, Jordan Wynne

In absentia: Scott Coughlan, Lloyd Lawless, Jamille Ablaza