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Soccer Glory

The Community School’s U-14½ soccer team brought home the South-East Munster Cup on last Thursday after an heroic victory over Blackwater Community School, Lismore. The competition had been under way since January and now it was down to the final two. Played at Peake Villa’s pitch in Thurles, the first chance in the game fell to Cashel’s David Wade but his well struck drive was saved. Blackwater quickly broke through and took the lead with their centre forward drilling the ball to the Cashel net. This was followed by a second Waterford goal from a long range shot that curled deceptively in the wind.

The Cashel boys had won all their previous games comfortably and had never trailed a team, so this was a real test. Their response was excellent. They regained control of the game. The Blackwater goalkeeper made brilliant saves to deny Paraic O’Donoghue, James Casey and Sean O’Halloran. Just before half-time David Wade’s looping shot finally found a way to beat the keeper.

Ten minutes into the second half Tommy Caulfield’s well delivered free kick was deftly finished into the bottom corner by Sean O’Halloran. Five minutes later, Brendan Ryan made it 3 – 2 with a superb finish from outside the box. CCS held this advantage till the end. They thus become the first school to win South-East Munster titles at both U14½ and U16 levels. As a deserved bonus, Cashel’s captain, James Casey, received the man-of-the-match award. Full marks too go to the team management of Mr. Michael Kennedy and Martin Coleman.

Team: Killian Loughman, Cillian O’Meara, James Cummins, Tommy Caulfield, Denis Fogarty, David Wade, Donnacha Quinn, James Casey, Sean O’Halloran, Paraic O’Donoghue, Brendan Ryan. Sub used: Christopher Hickey. Scorers: David Wade, Sean O’Halloran, Brendan Ryan – one goal each.