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U-14 Challenge Game Report by Peter Murphy   26/10/2018

U-14 Challenge Game Report by Peter Murphy

De La Salle Vs Skibbereen Community School 


The De La Salle U14 team recently took to the field for the first time this year to play a strongly contested challenge game against Skibbereen Community School in the Tom Creedon Park here in Macroom. 

The De La Salle team (DLS) started the better with Alexander Asling linking up with Colm Bradley in the first minute to kick the first score of the match. However, it didn’t take the Skibbereen team long to reply, scoring 1-3 in quick succession. De La Salle's  Jack Sweeney dominated his third of the field at centre back and linked well with his team mates Sam Pickering and Cian Kelleher to create some good chances in the early stages however unfortunately DLS would live to rue these. With DLS pushing numbers forward on the attack, they were caught off guard in the 16th minute on the counter attack, with a powerful shot hitting the crossbar and giving  DLS goalie Dylan Connolly no chance Just a minute later the Skibbereen team would have a chance to push themselves 10 points ahead of De La Salle however they were denied by Connolly in goal who covered his angles well to keep De La Salle in the game.  

De La Salle bounced back through Zack Ryan who, after battling well with his man, finished a fantastic shot low to the opposing ‘keeper’s right-hand side. Asling added a great point from the left-hand side of the goal before half time, but the final score of the half came from Sam Pickering whose point reduced the deficit to just three points. The half time score coming in at De La Salle 1-5, Skibbereen CS 2-5. 

De La Salle kicked off the second half just the way they finished the first, with a score, this time from the newly introduced Ciarán Foley. Jack Sweeney backed that score with a point of his own, and another point two minutes later, raising his personal tally to 0-3. However, the Skibb  boys bounced back once again, and despite Dylan Connolly’s best efforts, they netted their third goal of the day. Skibb added another point shortly thereafter, but DLS refused to back down with Oisin O’Sullivan teeing up Cian Kelleher to strike low and past the Skibb net minder. The final exchanges saw both sides use their full benches to good avail. The standard of competition remained as high as ever with end to end plays seeing numerous points being exchanged. Skibb finished the stronger of the two sides, netting a goal and increasing their point tally to 10. Both sides can rest assured that their strength in depth is magnificent. The final score accumulating to De La Salle 2-11 Skibbereen 4-10.  





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