CBS land soccer semi-final spot

CBS Kilkenny have booked themselves a Leinster semi-final spot, following a 5-2 win over Kilcullen school Cross and Passion College.

CBS Kilkenny have booked themselves a Leinster semi-final spot, following a 5-2 win over Kilcullen school Cross and Passion College.

The Carlow-Kilkenny champions got off to a slow start, with Cross and Passion having the better of the early exchanges on their synthetic surface. Their early dominance paid off when they seized on a wayward clearance and finished well from close range following a lightening quick break.

Gradually, however, the CBS began to dominate with Joe Keohane and Robbie Slater beginning to exert control in a congested midfield area. The pressure paid off for the CBS with a penalty awarded before half time, which Robbie Slater slotted.

Cross and Passion rallied in the second half and regained the lead with a penalty of their own shortly after the restart.

The CBS boys were not to be outdone, however, and when Nathan West was released from his defensive duties to link up with his Waterford United teammate Sean Maguire in a more advanced role, the CBS really began to turn the screw - first equalising with a fine drive from Robbie Slater before regaining the lead with a close range effort from Eoin Kavanagh.

Kavanagh netted his second, before Sean Maguire capped an impressive performance with a well-deserved fifth shortly before the finish.