U15 Soccer St. Brendan’s 6 vs Limerick CBS 2

St. Brendan’s started their campaign at home to a tough Limerick CBS side boasting Irish U15 soccer u15International Tony Mambouana up front. The Sem had home advantage in this second round tie.

St. Brendan’s started the game on top and within 4 minutes a fantastic through ball from Paul O Shea found Emmett Finnan who beat his man before he was pulled down inside the box for a penalty. Up stepped Dylan Murphy but a brilliant save from the goalkeeper kept the game at 0-0. Soon after this the Sem did take the lead, a clever through ball from Finnan to Murphy and Murphy faked a shot with his right, pulling it back onto his left and smashing it into the top corner. The Sem had chances but complacency set in and Mambouana took the game by the scruff of the neck, latching onto a ball over the top before calming rounding the keeper and slotted it home. Five minutes later it was 2-1 to Limerick CBS, Mambouana again causing havoc with a mazy run past three defenders before crossing low from the byline, the ball finished by his strike partner. The Sem fought back immediately with Patrick Darcy bursting through the midfield straight from the tip off and after some grit and a slice of luck he found himself inside the box to finish in the corner, 2-2 at halftime.

Into the second half and the Sem showed true character with Paul O Shea, Micahel Lenihan and Darragh Donohue marking the danger man Mambouana out of the game. In the first minute the Sem got another penalty, Murphy showed nerve to take it, but the wind caught his strike and carried it over the bar. Limerick CBS then had a player sent off for a second yellow card. From here the game was theirs to win and win it they did in style. Murphy made it 3-2 with a poachers finish inside the 6 yard box. Peter O Sullivan beat three men on the wing with a blistering run before he buried the ball into the net to make it 4-2. Soon after it was 5-2 when Ryan Kelliher finished off a well worked move to score his first goal in three years for the Sem. Dylan Murphy then completed his hattrick to make it 6-2.

A great win for the Sem, Limerick fought to the final whistle and deserve great credit for the character and sportsmanship shown.


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