St. Brendan’s U15 Soccer

Carrick CBS 3 -v- St. Brendan’s 0

The Sem bow out in the Munster quarter final after a tough test against Carrick CBS. St. Brendan’s had their share of possession throughout the tie but they were outmuscled by the older and much more physical Carrick side. St. Brendan’s were missing Conor O Leary for this game through injury and had to re shape in order to fill the gap left by the strong and intelligent right back.The Sem started the game with four first years with Michael Lenihan, Dylan Murphy, Darragh Donohue and Paul O Shea all earning a place in the side.

Reece Hegarty and Ryan Kelliher had a difficult day up front with both players working hard to hold up the ball and make something happen for their side. Hegarty subsequently receiving a blow to the face seeing him miss several minutes on the field due to a bloody nose. Michael Devlin started on the left and tried his level best to force a way through with clever runs and passing play, but the windy conditions played a part in stopping the flow of the game for both sides. Carrick had a number of technically talented players with their left back and captain playing in the number 10 role being the stand out players.

It was 0-0 at the break with the Sem working hard in defence to keep Carrick at bay, great work and composure by Gary Cronin at left back along with Patrick Darcy and Dara Fleming in midfield kept the teams level. In the second half Carrick’s physical presence took control of the game with the Sem unable to get near the opposition goal. Carrick got the first after some good play by their captain. Try as they may the Sem could not prevent Carrick from getting the second goal, a mishit cross looped over the keeper and hit the back post with the rebound falling kindly to the Carrick striker. St. Brendan’s went to three at the back and pushed forward in an effort to get a goal back, and they gave the Carrick boys a great fight for the last 15 minutes. The Sem were pressing high with Devlin going close from a free kick. Dylan Murphy went through but was pulled down outside the box. Devlin floated a ball in aiming for Darragh Lyne and Lenihan but the Carrick defence cleared. Lenihan now in midfield was rallying the troops winning balls and starting attacks, all to no avail. Captain and goalkeeper Mark Kelliher was superb throughout making some spectacular saves. Carrick caught the Sem on the break in the last minute to finish the game off at 3-0. All credit to both teams for a fair and entertaining game.

Well done to all squad members involved this year who worked together. Next year looks promising for the Sem in this age category with thirteen of the squad still under age.


Mark Kelliher [GK], Keith O Leary [GK], Conor O Leary, Josh Fleming, Paul O Shea, Darragh Donohue, Micahel Lenihan, Gary Cronin, Tadgh Doolin, Darragh Lyne, Dara Fleming, Patrick Darcy, Peter O Sullivan, Michael Devlin, Dylan Murphy, Lee Downing, Ryan Kelliher, Mark Fennell, Reece Hegarty, Cian McCarthy, Cristian Marchetti, Kamil Radziszewki, Eoin Moynihan, Sean Cooper.

Coaches: Joseph Hurley & Trevor Nagle

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