By Conor McKenna
Baldoyle U14s capped off a fantastic season with a comprehensive 8-2 thrashing over St. Francis Moatview. Baldoyle went out on the pitch knowing a win would hand them their first ever trophy. Baldoyle were quick out of the blocks and Sean Kane volleyed home from close range after a cross from Michael Farrelly. Michael scored 2 inside the next few minutes and Baldoyle were unlucky not to go in at half time with a clean sheet but St. Francis nicked a goal from close range. Baldoyle restored their 3 goal lead when Michael ran through the opposition defence. 4-1 Baldoyle at half time, we had one hand on that trophy!
Michael got his 4th and Baldoyle’s 5th straight from the tip-off. Abrán Collins, Conor O’Dwyer, Colum Motherway, Paul Seery and Conor McKenna at the back kept things tight at the back and Baldoyle drew ever closer to the trophy. Zak Smith scored one and Michael scored 2 more to confirm Baldoyle as champions. Conor McKenna had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside. St. Francis pulled one back but that didn’t nor couldn’t stop Baldoyle and when the referee blew the final whistle Baldoyle celebrated being the NDSL U14E champions 2016.
A great performance capped off a fantastic season for Baldoyle. I’d like to thanks James Dawson, Barry Collins and Des Farrelly for all their help and time given up, and also thanks to all the parents who stood on the line and shouted at every game no matter what the weather.