St. Brendan’s First Year Soccer

1st year soccerSt. Clement’s 0 -v- St. Brendan’s 2

Report by Dylan Doona, 1st Year

St. Brendan’s had the tough task of playing St. Clement’s away in the last 16 of the Munster Cup. The Sem started the game without star striker Dylon Murphy who was injured. In stepped Mark Cooper as a makeshift centre forward. He had been preparing for the role as striker for the past two weeks and did a fantastic job throughout the game with his holdup play and running off the ball. St. Brendan’s lost the influential Liam Kelliher after 10 minutes due to illness, he was replaced by the energetic Ruari Doyle who kept things simple and worked hard for the team. St. Brendan’s were up for the task and soon got on top of the Limerick side with some clever play. Captain Michael Lenihan switched the play to the left back Liam Spillane, Spillane cut inside and glided past two defenders before unleashing a rocket of a shot to the bottom corner, the keeper rooted to the spot. Sipho O Neill was partnering Cooper upfront and could have scored early on but was unselfish and tried to pass to a teammate. O Neill was causing problems upfront with his physical presence and did a great job holding up the ball to bring his teammates into play. The Sem dominated possession for the first half with Paul O Shea and Darragh Donohue sweeping up anything St. Clement’s hit forward. Right back Ian Prendergast was winning his battle with the left winger and his vocal presence at the back kept the Sem organised. Caolan Ryan was a nightmare for the Limerick side, giving the side width and terrorising the defence with his pace and skill. Lenihan and the intelligent McGillicuddy kept the engine room ticking over with a solid tempo and slowing things down when needed.

Into the second half and St. Brendan’s gained control again but made things difficult for themselves at stages. Clement’s fought back but try as them may they could not get close to the Sem goal. Goalkeeper Eoghan Moynihan had a quite day but when called into action made some great decisions and dominated his area. The Sem got their second goal late in the second half after many wasted chances. Mark Cooper did well to hold up the ball before laying it onto Liam Spillane for a shot from the edge of the box, but the sneaky McGillicuddy took it from under his nose and smashed the ball into the top corner with his left. The Sem then had a goal disallowed with Padraig Looney scoring only to be ruled offside. All substitutes used contributed to a good performance but St. Brendan’s will need to work on many areas in order to progress.

They now face either Clonakilty or Carrigaline in the quarter final of the Munster competition with home advantage.

Coaches were Trevor Nagle & Joe Hurley

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