Our U14’s 1st year boys soccer team played in the Leinster Cup final today 15th march as they took on Colaiste Choilm, Swords in Leixlip.They created history being the first ever 1st year team to play in a first year leinster cup final
As the ref blew the whistle the St Aidan’s fans created a great atmosphere as they cheered on the boys in white and green. It was clear they were desperate to bring the cup back to St Aidans.
The U14’s started off the game positively as they played some good, patient football. The ball was being played out to the right hand side where Stanley Raymond was playing. St Aidan’s first impact on the game was to get past the full back multiple times with great pace and ambition but the chances came to nothing. Adnaan Mustapha was also making a good impact on the game pinging balls left, right and centre, controlling the game.
Swords got a free kick at the edge of the box which looked very promising. It was indeed promising but Swords were unlucky, striking the ball well with a great free kick. They unfortunately hit the crossbar.
The Aidan’s boys marched on hoping to kill the other team’s spirit. The ref blew the whistle as the first half came to an end.
Both teams came out for the second half determined and focused on winning the game and some great football was played with St Aidans getting on top and limiting swords to very few chances in the second period.It seemed only a matter of time before St Aidans would get a chance as they were on top.
With ten minutes left in the game Mr Tunney and Mr O’ Brien decided that it was time to bring on subs as they brought on Adam Bennett and Emmanuel Upkai. Bennett made a real impact and he was soon one on one with the swords keeper. He shot but the keeper saved and then another player from Swords, with great skill, cleared the ball off the line.This would prove to be a crucial moment in the game.
In the last 5 minutes of the game Aidan’s got a corner that was wipped into the box but it was cleared. Out of nowhere Swords counter attacked from the Aidan’s corner and Dunne was left with two versus one. Aidan’s threw men forward to get the goal. Then the swords striker did a fake shot and Dunne dived in. The striker shot and Aidan’s goalkeeper, Callum Lambert, pulled off a great save but another Swords player was there waiting for the rebound and scored. Aidan’s still marched on but the game ended 1-0 to Swords.
Overall, it was a good day for Aidans as they played some exquisite football but unfortunately they couldn’t create any chances to put Swords away.
Up to this point he team had been unbeaten all season. This is an unbelievable feat and the staff and students of St. Aidan's are so proud of the team in getting to finals of the Leinster Cup. Mr. O Brien and Mr. Tunney have been their fantastic managers throughout the season and have consistently praised the dedication and committment of the team. Next up is the League Final and the whole school will be behind the lads again. Well done to all involved!!
By Tobi Adesanya (5th Year)