This minor division 4 team have been coming together very well over the season so far and have made it to this stage of the championship on merit.
There is a great mix of u17, u16 and a fair sprinkling of u15 players and is great to see so many lads getting football matches at this age.
Dunderry were the opposition and the setting of Seafield was in pristine condition with weather conditions only adding to the occasion.
Played in front of a large enough crowd the Cilles boys set about their task very early with Adrian Kavanagh and Eoghan McCloughan setting the tone in midfield.
Fiachra McNabb had a great first half chipping in with a hat trick of well taken goals added to before the break by Eoghan McCloughan.
(Fiacra McNabb’s tidy punch over the oncoming keeper, sterling display from the forward)
There were great first half defensive displays from Oisín Murphy and Daniel Dalton, which bred confidence into the likes of Robert Tanner and Evan Morgan who grew in confidence as the game progressed. We lead 4.06 to 1.01 at the half time whistle.
Upon the restart and with a few new players introduced our boys went at it early again and in the half saw Evan Kelly netting as well as Brian Butler.
Tadgh Bennet lead the line well up front as captain and chipped in with some good scores.
Danny Ehicoya came out of the nets and went up front and had notched up 3 points before the end. Josh McLoughlin got himself on to the scoresheet from wing back with a sweet point out on the wing.
(Tadhg Bennett eeks out some space in a congested forward line)
Overall there were some sweeping moves and some great passing throughout this fixture. That is a credit to Ronan Murphy, Stephen O’Brien and Joe Kellys stewardship.
(Some randomer invading the pitch, probably extinction rebellion or whatever)
It was a great game for the many supporters who turned out and were certainly not disappointed. Thanks to you all for supporting the lads. It means a lot to them.
7.16 to 2.02 was the final score. Roll on their first final!
Words: Ray Finlay
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