THE Kilkenny CBS may have missed out on All-Ireland hurling glory this season, but their senior soccer team served up classy football when capturing the Leinster schools title for the first, brushing aside reigning champions, Oatlands College (Dublin) with consummate ease in the final in Tallaght Stadium.
To be fair to Oatlands, they hung on to the coat tails of the hugely talented CBS for as long as they could but in terms of the outcome the writing was on the wall from a long way out. The score was 2-1 to the Kilkenny boys for quite a while, but when goal number three was registered the floodgates opened and three more followed in quick succession.
The scoreline wouldn’t surprise those familiar with this CBS team. They have been finding the net with amazingly regularity all season. The quality in the squad is beyond question, and when manager Paul Boyle placed Wexford Youths midfield dynamo, Joe Keohane alongside Republic of Ireland youths star, Robbie Slater in the middle of the park in a reshuffle, there was only ever going to be one result.
Netminder supreme Jason Mahony was relatively busy in the early stages. He was bang on his game and was a hugely steadying influence at the back. A rearguard marshalled by Cathal O’Leary and captain fantastic Nathan West built a strong platform for victory as Oatlands tried in vain to breach a solid and disciplined back four.
Jason Hennessy ran himself into the ground in a match that was played at a frantic pace. Up front Eoin Kavanagh and classy international Seanie Maguire tormented the opposing defence with speed and trickery all afternoon. They bagged four goals between them. The buzzing Kavanagh netted a fantastic hat-trick.
The scoring was completed by the excellent Slater and Aaron Molloy.
This was a victory for a strong squad of players who worked their socks off all season to make their dream come true. Team mentors Paul Boyle and David Ryan always had a good plan to get the best out of the players.
Kilkenny CBS squad - Jason Mahony (Freebooters), Gavin Bourke (Evergreen), Ivor O’Brien (Evergreen), Cathal O’Leary (Freebooters), Nathan West, capt (Waterford United), Joe Keohane (Wexford Youths), Aaron Molloy (Freebooters), Jason Hennessy (Freebooters), Robbie Slater ( UCD), Sean Maguire (Waterford United), Eoin Kavanagh (Freebooters), Adam Farrell (Evergreen), Colm Walsh (Evergreen), Ronan Moriarty (unattached), Eoin Delaney (Newpark), Evans Wallace (Fort Rangers), Edward Teehan (Evergreen), Andy Campion (unattached), Andrew Wall (Freebooters), David Kenny (Freebooters), David McGeary ( Evergreen), Adam Comerford (Newpark).
Manager: Paul Boyle; assistant manager, David Ryan.