Tuesday, November 1, 2016
29 October, RSC, Waterford
The club's U17's brought the curtain down on the 2016 season at the RSC when they took on Pats in the semi-final of their National League but despite a brave effort it was the Dubs that went through to meet UCD in the final.
Pats came into this match as favourites having won the Northern Section of the league and to be honest they bossed much of the games, especially the first 45. Two headers during the first half gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break. Chances were few for the Gary Power's boys during the first half - Owen Wall came closest after half an hour.
The Blues came out for the second half after what was reported to be a right bollicking from the gaffer and it showed as they created several changes - Sean Roche, Colm Whelan and Shane Griffin each could have found the net but it was the visitors that did so with ten minutes remaining. Amazingly heads did not drop; rather the young Blues picked up the tempo and as Pats sat back in the belief that the result was in the bag, the possibility of a result for the Blues loomed. Adam Conway found the net with five minutes left from a bullet header following a corner on the right and then Sean Roche did likewise with only a minute of regular time left. Squeaky bum time for Pats as panic set in with the Blues coming at them in waves but they were rescued by the clock and perhaps deservedly won their way through to the final.
This really was a super effort by the Club's U17s who came up short in the biggest game of the season. Great credit is due to manager Gary Power and his squad from the manner in which they kept 'the Blues flag flying' right to the very end. Take a bow guys - well done!
Blues: Eoin Power, Dean Beresford, Ryan Holick, Adam Conway, Sam Hickey, Shane Griffin, Owen Wall, Sean Roche, Colm Whelan, Jack Larkin, Cian Flanagan. Subs: Sean Martin, Elvis Azah, Adam Feeney, Justin Croke, Evin Murphy, Jack Dolan.