East Antrim Schools FA Cup Final Under 14
St Killian’s College Garron Tower 3 – 1 Edmund Rice College Glengormley
The Year 10 soccer team completed a fantastic week for St Killian’s College by winning the EASFA under 14 Cup – the first time it has come to the Garron Tower campus.
It followed initial successes for the camogie team in the Fontenoys’ Cup final and for the under 16 Gaelic team in the Faul Cup.
The Year 10s and Edmund Rice played out an entertaining final with St Killian’s running out comfortable 3-1 winners. The opening exchanges signalled that this would be a physical battle with neither side willing to give up possession easily. Both sides had chances early on but the respective goalkeepers were up to the challenge, particularly Patrick Abram who not for the first time this season kept St Killian’s in the game.
St Killian’s opted for a fairly defensive set up with five along the back. The two central defenders Sean McMullan and Paul Rodgers dealt with everything that came their way with both wing backs, Fergus McCambridge and Kieran McCormick linking up well with the midfield. Chris Guiller, playing as a sweeper broke up play very effectively and was instrumental in starting attacks.
The St Killian’s central midfield partnership of captain Dano Scozzari and Jonathan McManus won their battle in this area of the pitch and Edmund Rice found it difficult to get a foothold in the game as the ball was moved quickly out to the wingers Harry Kilgore and Corey Beggs who were a constant menace.
The first St Killian’s goal came from a typically strong run from Dylan McLaughlin who crossed the ball for Jonathan McManus to smash home. St Killian’s were more relaxed in their play and generally controlled the tie up until half-time.
Edmund Rice came out for the second half really invigorated and it was not a huge surprise when Martin Reilly hit the equaliser after 8 minutes of the second half. However St Killian’s were quick to respond and they were back in control within 4 minutes, with Dylan McLaughlin and Jonathan McManus linking up for McManus to slot home his second.
St Killian’s then scored a third to put the match beyond doubt and it was the same partnership that had caused havoc in the Edmund Rice’s defence all day, combining for McManus to complete his hat trick.
St Killian’s : Patrick Abram, Paul Rodgers, Chris Guiller, Corey Beggs, Kieran McCormick, Cathal McDonnell, Fergus McCambridge, Gaetano Scozzari, Marc McKinstry, Harry Kilgore, Dylan McLaughlin, Jonathan McManus, Sean McMullan, Ben O’Boyle.