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Alaya hat-trick the jewel in the crown for polished Palmerstown princes



THE pretty village of Palmerstown. The Dublin flags still flying from the neat cottages. Dean Rock works at the local Stewarts Care.

The Mill Lane is the most scenic of grounds. A leafy laneway leads down to the pitches. The Happy Valley.

On Saturday, it was the land of the Rising Sun.

The surface was like velvet. And this 15A1 duel decorated it.

The game was played in a wonderful sporting spirit. The brilliant Dave Penny hardly had to blow his whistle.

 The DDSL at it’s very best. Dedicated coaches summing up what schoolboy football is all about  – giving their time to give the kids a game of ball.

Fran Ray is the Godfather of the DDSL. It’s days like this that underline the great work he has done for this city.

A young chap fished in the adjoining river. And the influence of Fran Ray will ensure that the DDSL, and its lovely river, will always flow on.

Two people brought the deck chairs. They were rewarded with a goal-of-the-season. It came from Blessington’s Matthew Callìnan, the most assured of central defenders.

Palmerstown kept playing it out from the back. Their goalkeeper, Finn Connell, has Pep’s feet. And Allison’s gloves.

The Palmerstown centre-forward, Owen Alaya, would pose problems for any defence with his power and pace, and finishing ability. He went home with the match ball.

Blessington’s Kevin Boc is also strong in possession, and a superb dribbler. He worked hard to open doors.

It was his impressive team-mate, Cian Quinn, who tucked in a penalty to give the visitors the lead in the 16th minute.

They were level on the half-hour when Alaya held off a couple of challenges to drill a shot in at the hospital end.

Two minutes into the second period, Jamie Moore’s pass enabled Alaya score his second, but two minutes later came the Callinan cannonball.

Matthew was in the centre-circle when he struck the sweetest right-footer that sped through the air and dipped under the bar, despite the best efforts of Connell.

Finn then had to make the save-of-the day to deny Aaron Keogh from point-blank range inside the box.

Three minutes from time, Alaya skipped clear to record his hat-trick, yet Daragh Walsh came within a whisker of making it 3-3.

Just before the close, Moore’s strike from the left parcelled up the Palmerstown points.     

PALMERSTOWN FC: Finn Connell; Alan Coakley, Jamie Moore, Jack Byrne, Jack Rooney, Owen Alaya, Adam Roche, Luke McGovern, Finn O’Donoghue, Conor Dalton, Matthew Dunne, Evan Lambert, Ross Farrell. Managers: Fran Coakley, Kevin Rooney, Jeff Byrne.

BLESSINGTON AFC: Szymon Kozlowski; Jack McManus, Matthew Callinan, Lee Carroll, Sean Cooke, Billy Moore, Dillon O’Leary, Aaron Keogh, Kevin Boc, Cian Quinn, Cian Nugent, Kyle Kelly, Daragh Walsh, Zach Power. Manager: Eoin O’Donovan.

Referee: Dave Penny

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