Our Under-19 boys have booked their place in the final of the West Dublin Metropolitan League after an emphatic win against St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge in the semi-final on Monday 21st January.
The Collinstown lads, playing their first game back since the Christmas break, started brightly and had a couple of chances to take the lead early on before an inch-perfect pass from Josh McDonagh put Kian Delaney through who chipped the ball over the keeper to put our lads 1-0 up. A second goal for Collinstown and Kian soon followed after he beat what seemed like the whole St Michael’s defence before unleashing a shot that the keeper could only parry into the net. The score remained the same at the break with Collinstown dominating much of the play and chances.
The second half was only two minutes old when Jake Purcell hit a dipping volley from 30 yards that many professional players would be proud of to put Collinstown 3-0 up. St Michael’s responded soon after to get back into the game and send a message to Collinstown that the contest was not over yet.
But almost immediately Collinstown responded and it was that man again, Jake Purcell, with an almost carbon copy of his first goal, another 30 yard volley that put Collinstown 4-1 up and effectively killed off the game.
Jake then bagged himself another goal to cap off an eight-minute hat-trick and send Collinstown well on their way to the final.
Kian Delaney, a thorn in the side of the St Michael’s defence all day, was not going to be outscored by Jake and bagged himself a hat-trick too, soon after. It was almost a separate competition between both lads to see who would get the most goals on the day. That contest finished in a draw with both grabbing four goals apiece to wrap up an 8-2 victory for Collinstown.