Last week the Under-19 soccer team played both their group games in the Metropolitan Schools League.
On Wednesday the lads took on Marian College at home and knew a win would set them up to qualify from the group. With a weaker team due to the loss of a number of players on work experience, Collinstown started slowly and went 1-0 down to a strike from outside the box. On a day where Collinstown would miss a lot of chances Kian Delaney made no mistake when he broke clear soon after and slotted the ball past the keeper for his 1st goal of the afternoon to make it 1-1. Collinstown had much the better of it in the first half but the sides went in level at the break.
Collinstown took the lead early in the second half when a Brooklyn Ward cross looped over the keeper and went straight in to put our boys 2-1 up. Collinstown were now dominating the game and raced ahead to a 5-1 lead with 2 goals from Kian Delaney who bagged himself a hat-trick in the process and Joseph Maher with a lovely flick on from a corner.
The drama didn’t end there however, after numerous chances to finish off Marian, the team from Ballsbridge managed to scramble home the ball when a shot was parried by stand-in keeper for the day Kevin Dunne to make it 5-2. Another 2 goals quickly followed, one the ref judged to be over the line even though goal line technology would have shown Kevin clearly keeping it from crossing. It was 5-4 and a nervy 5 minutes lay in store for Collinstown but they held on to set up a winner-takes-all game with Oatlands College on Friday.
This game was very different to the Marian game. Oatlands controlled the play and had the best chances but were frustrated on the day by Jamie Moss and particularly Samad Allison who was a rock at the back all day. But Collinstown’s clinical finishing on the day was the difference.
The lads were down 2-1 with 10 minutes to go when the ball broke to Jake Purcell who made no mistake and slotted it past the keeper to draw Collinstown level with his second goal of the game. Kian Delaney made it 3-2 soon after to put Collinstown ahead for the first time. It was a smash-and-grab certainly with Collinstown having 3 shots on target and scoring 3 goals.
U19 football manager Mr Lanigan was delighted to top the group with 2 wins from 2 and it means the lads will have a home Semi-Final against St. Michael’s College after Christmas.
Man of the Match v Marian: Kian Delaney (3 goals)
Man of the Match v Oatlands: Samad Allison