TULLOW Community School soccer teams have enjoyed a successful spell recently by winning two south Leinster titles. Both the U13 and U15 teams will now advance to the Leinster quarter-finals.
Tullow Community School 6
St Kieran’s College 2
FOUR goals from Brian Byrne and a brace from Mark Sherratt powered Tullow past St Kieran’s in their U15 south Leinster final at IT Carlow. Having drawn with each other in their league game, a tight contest was expected.
Tullow played into a very strong wind in the first half and the object was to try and get to half time still in the game and they did exactly that. With 10 minutes to half time, Tullow broke when Adam Nolan played a lovely ball over the top and Mark Sherratt nipped in to give his side the lead.
The game was over as a contest as early as eight minutes into the second half as Tullow scored four goals between the third and eighth minutes. The first was a goal worthy of any final as Brian Byrne looked in trouble on the sideline until he flicked the ball with his heel over the defender’s head, beat two more players and smashed the ball into the bottom corner. Straight from tip-off, Tullow robbed the ball and Mark Sherratt sent a ball over the top for Brian Byrne to run onto and lob the keeper. Two minutes later, Tullow’s star man had his hat-trick when he smashed past the keeper from 30 yards.
Tullow made it five when Brian Byrne turned provider for Mark Sherratt to get his second with a lovely lob. Tullow emptied their bench and saw out the next 20 minutes easy when a great ball from Dillon Darcy saw Byrne get his fourth.
Tullow CS: Nathan Byrne, Killian Fagan, Diarmuid Deacon (Capt), Dylan Hanley, Dylan Gorman Comerford, Dillion Darcy, Pauric Deering, Eoghan Cunnane, Brian Byrne, Mark Sherratt, Adam Nolan, Cian Byrne, Sean McGrath, Stephen Murphy, Jack O’Neill
Tullow CS 2
Pres DLS 2
(Tullow win 3-2 aet)
Tullow CS first-years won the South Leinster league beating Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown in a thrilling game at IT Carlow.
Tullow got the opening goal inside two minutes when a brilliant through ball from Jack O’Neill found Jamie Fitzgerald who slotted past the keeper.
Just before the break, Tullow struck their second when Ben Ward went on a great run and smashed a shot from outside the box which the Pres keeper couldn’t hold and Finnan Crawford Collins was the first to react to the loose ball to score.
The second half saw Pres dominate from the kick off winning all the 50-50 balls. They could have scored a couple of goals before Dylan Hand went on a brilliant run and scored from 25 yards with a fine shot.
This seemed to wake Tullow up and they had opportunities to secure the game. They were made pay when Pres equalised with the last play of the game thanks to a Dylan Hand header.
Tullow started extra time well and Myles Hutton made a great run straight from the tip-off beating several players before crossing to Finnan Crawford Collins to tap into the net with just 40 seconds on the clock. This time Tullow saw out the remaining 19 minutes of extra time to hang on and win the title for the fifth time in eight years.
Tullow CS: Tom Pilkington, Cian Byrne, Cillian Fagan, Eoin Dempsey, Jack O’Neill (CAPT), Ben Ward, Jamie Fitzgerald, Keelan Byrne, Finnan Crawford Collins, Dara Curran, Myles Hutton, Adam Johnson, Lorcan Canavan, Shane Moran, Adam Pender