U-16 Boys Basketball Collinstown Park Community College v Celbridge CC.
The school basketball U-16s team continued to impress with their recent form. The first quarter was something of a MVP performance from Anthony Emmett with him bucketing six points. The hosts started the second quarter as leaders. CPCC dominated the second quarter and had the majority of the ball. They punished the visitors with some clinical buckets from Conor Nolan and Kyria Tembe which brought the score line to 20-12 in favour of CPCC. The third quarter produced an excellent and exciting individual performance from Dylan Downey who brought his points tally to eight. CPCC led 36-21 going into the last quarter and finished victorious with a convincing 40-23 win for the home team.
MVP/Man of the Match: Dylan Downey
School football is back!
Our U-19s School boys’ football team kicked of their campaign on Thursday the 5th with a cup game and Mr Lanigan’s first match in charge. The opponents were Old Bawn CS from Tallaght. The game kicked off at 10:30am in our home pitch inside our school grounds.
The formation set out for the home side was a 3-4-3, Antonio Conte-esque. CPCC had the upper hand in the first moments of the game. Old Bawn, against the run of play, forced CPCC shot stopper David Ward into a save early. CPCC should have taken the lead and capitalised on an Old Bawn defensive error but Matthew Reynolds failed to do so as he had his effort cleared off the line.
There was nothing to split the sides after 15 minutes. Shelbourne’s Kian Delaney began to cause our opponents hassle down the right hand side and earned a free kick, which Cian McGovern took and it agonisingly rolled passed the post.
The traveling side took a lead through our defence’s moment of hesitation when the CPCC back line stopped and anticipated an offside decision. Unfortunately for them, Old Bawn’s No 8 slotted home and split the teams. But CPCC didn’t learn from the previous goal and just before half time the No 8 scored his second of the match. This forced the gaffer into changes and a change of formation.
Half time score 0-2
The second period started and finally the hosts CPCC got out of first gear. Early on Reynolds broke and was too generous in the final third and the chance went abegging. The Collinstown front three are blessed with pace but never used it correctly and the away side abruptly broke and won a corner which was sloppily dealt with and the third goal slowly trickled in. The No 8 from Old Bawn was a force to be reckoned with and ultimately bagged his hat-trick before full time.
It was a bad day at the office for the home team. After the game there were some positive comments from manager Mr Lanigan, who said: “The boys were unlucky today, we had a couple of good chances at 0-0. If one had’ve gone in, it would have been a whole different game”. He also mentioned how they were missing many key players to injury.
T.Y Reporter: Josh McDonagh