QUINN AND CARROLL FIRE DDSL 12S TO NATIONAL TITLE, BUT U13S FALL SHORT TO CORK IN DECIDER
AN SFAI National Under 12 title secured for the DDSL but no such prize for the Under 13s who went down 3-1 to Cork – both matches going on simultaneously on adjacent pitches as Cahir Park AFC in Tipperary this afternoon.
Alan Nolan and Ross Byrne coached Under 12s were impressive against a good Waterford Schoolboys side and superb goals from Archie Quinn of St Joseph’s Boys and Crumlin United’s Leighton Carroll delivered the cup for the Dubs with Quinn’s strike giving them an interval lead before Carroll nailed an insurance goal after Waterford had cleared twice off the line.
On the opposite grass pitch, the Under 13s, coached by Paul Nugent and Mark Clohessy endured a torrid opening period with goals from David Dunne and Joe Miskella (2) giving the Leesiders a commanding interval lead.
Conn O’Kelly of Shelbourne FC did pull one back for the Under 13s but the first half damage inflicted by an excellent Cork side could not be undone despite a vastly improved second half showing.
Said DDSL Academy Head Coach Mark Clohessy: “We’re really proud of the boys getting to a national inter-league final and It’s all part of the learning process and they have to learn to perform for 60 and not just 30 minutes, but we have no complaints whatsoever about the final outcome.”
Added Clohessy: “The damage done in the first half and we definitely played better in the second period. They were told some home truths in the dressing room at the interval and we re-galvanised them and asked them to go show how good footballers and team were and that’s what they did, so in that respect we’re happy with their second half response.”
“This has been a long process for all the players at both Under 12 and Under 13 and their parents, clubs and club coaches are to be thanked for the immense input and trust they have placed in the coaching staff and technical support.”
Clohessy coaches the Under 13s along with Paul Nugent and said: “We’re really proud of their efforts in getting to a national final and that includes those that didn’t make the travelling party. We’ve all learned from the process and they will all be better players as a result.
“It would be remiss of me not to thank DDSL Chairman Paddy Dempsey and Secretary George Victory for their unstinting support and also to mention physio Emma and our kit-man Niall and thank them for their sterling input on behalf of the Dublin District Schoolboys League.”