Posted: 6th April 2018

The Beautiful Game in Clongowes

Best of luck to the Senior Soccer Team and coaches Mr Noel Mason and Mr Liam McAuley in the Joe McGrath Shield Final tomorrow (or today if you’re reading this tomorrow…), Wednesday, April 11th, v Belvedere College SJ. The game will take place in Clongowes at 14.30.

Both teams progressed into this season’s showcase following narrow semi-final victories as Clongowes required spot kicks to see them past last year’s finalists Blackrock College following a 1-1 deadlock while Belvedere College overcame St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton 1-2 in Stella Maris with Charlie Smith grabbing the match winner.

Belvedere Head Coach Feidhlim Kelly will be in confident mood as he enters this clash, which is sure to impress. The Dublin side had a comfortable win over Castleknock College in the qualifying stages. Last season Kelly’s side defeated Clongowes in their semi-final outing in extra time with a Charlie Smith volley winning out that afternoon.

The Joe McGrath Shield was introduced by the Leinster Branch, Boys Section last year targeting senior cycle students in predominately rugby schools. All games were scheduled for a Wednesday afternoon when the students were on a half-day ensuring their academics weren’t affected. Schools such as Castleknock College, Blackrock College, St. Benildus College, St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton, St. David’s CBS, Artane and Firhouse Community College were invited to participate in 2018.

Dermot Kelly, Competition Organiser will oversee proceedings as kick off is pencilled in for 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon. Can Belvedere ensure a two in a row or will hosts Clongowes upset the odds?!

Clongowes Wood College

Sean Brogan, Paddy Culhane, JV Cummins, David Gannon, Nathan Lyons, Ciaran Lynch, Sean Lysaght, Ben Matuschka, James McCormick, Niall McCormick, Mike Medeiros, Colm Murphy, Oscar O’Connell Hussey, Pierce O’Connor, Eoin O’Leary, Mark O’Loan, Jack O’Quigley, Greg O’Reilly, Daniel Reilly, Max Rowan, Eric Scholarin, Cathal Tuohy, Karl Von Finckenstein.

Report courtesy of FAI Schools

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