Kilkenny & DL3
South Dublin SL0
THERE was another goal-scoring show from the Kilkenny & District League’s under-13s when they dismantled South Dublin in their inter-league meeting in Castlecomer.
Big things were expected from the Cats after their recent 5-0 victory over North East Countries (NEC). They didn’t disappoint, chalking up a 3-0 victory in stylish fashion.
Justin Cahill immediately made his impact on the game. A solid force in the backline, he didn’t allow Dublin the opportunity to even take a glance at the goal.
While Cahill was leading the team at the back, Dylan Doyle was dominating up front. Putting fear in the eyes of Dublin’s ’keeper Jon Fagan his trickery almost put the Cats ahead early on. More lovely play from Sean Manogue almost put the hosts 1-0 up in the opening minutes, but a timely intervention from Adam Jordan in the Dublin back four closed down that opportunity.
Although the score was 0-0 at half-time Kilkenny made an immediate impact on their return to the field. They took the lead in spectacular fashion, Colm Whelan stepping up to a free-kick just outside the box and whipping it straight to the net.
South Dublin were stunned by that strike; it only motivated the rest of the Kilkenny schoolboys as they pushed on, ready to destroy their opponents.
Dylan Doyle continued to be a nuisance to the Dublin defence, but some great defending from Michael Maughan helped Dublin prevent Kilkenny from doubling their lead.
A patient Kilkenny continued to dominate possession, keeping the ball comfortably in the Dublin half. Their work paid off when Dylan Doyle whipped a teasing ball across the box. The Dublin ’keeper Fagan tried getting his hand to the delivery, but couldn’t stop Jack Barcoe from adding the finishing touch.
Miguel Barry tried to get his team back into the game but Justin Cahill was back on the scene, denying Dublin a scoring opportunity. Defender Adam Jordan came into the Kilkenny half to take an excellent free kick, but this was expertly saved by the Cats’ goalkeeper Dean Mason.
Kilkenny went close to adding a third when Whelan fizzed a corner into the box. Substitute Eoin Brennan was a whisker away from scoring, but saw his effort hit the woodwork.
The final nail in the coffin came just seconds before the end of the match. Cillian Power showed great pace to sprint into the box, then deliver an excellent pass which Sean Comerford drove home.
The win leaves Kilkenny joint top of their group with Kildare, but the Cats have played one game more. Kildare will take on the South Dublin League on April 7, before the final round of group games are played on April 14 - Kilkenny take on the Midlands, while Kildare will face off against the NEC.
Kilkenny & DL: Dean Mason (Michael Walsh), Cathal Jordan, Sean Manogue, Cathal Holland, Justin Cahill, Sean Comerford, Colm Whelan, Ned Kirwan, Eoin Cody (Cillian Power), Dylan Doyle (Owen Dowling), Jack Barcoe (Eoin Brennan).
South Dublin SL: Jon Fagan (Dean Riordan), Diamond Moya, Michael Maughan, Adam Jordan (Jacob Kelly), Cian McGrone (Trevor Duffy), Gavin Nugent, Bradley Neddy (Wes Saughan), Ryan Henderson, Miguel Barry, Ben Doyle, Jack Larkin (Eoin Carey).
The Kilkenny under-12s also tasted victory against North Dublin on the day, scoring a convincing 4-0 win over their rivals at Castlecomer.
The win was Kilkenny’s third in the competition and pushed them three points clear of South Dublin (who have now played all their games) and Kildare, at the top of Group B.
The Kitttens have one game left in the group stages, a meeting with the Midlands League on April 14. A draw will be enough to guarantee their place in the Leinster final against either the North Dublin Schoolboys League or Carlow, which will be held on the weekend of April 27/28.