Boys’ 5-a-side soccer 2018

On Thursday the 8th of March, 8 boys travelled to the MDL grounds to represent St. Anne’s in the FAI 5-a-side competition. The boys acquitted themselves brilliantly making it all the way to the final game of the day only to be defeated on penalties. The players who donned the St Anne’s jersey were Jack Coyle, Adam O’Sullivan, Kyle O’Brien, Daniel Byrne, Tino Borez, Conor Farrell, Olaf Sermake, and Robert Maguire.

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St. Anne’s opened the day with a 3-0 win over Headfort of Kells. The boys didn’t rest on their laurels however and went on to defeat Robinstown NS 6-2 perhaps inspired by seeking redemption for a defeat in basketball to the same opponents a few weeks earlier. The St. Anne’s lads were now on a roll and got a 6-3 victory over St Columbanus NS Ballivor aided by an excellent hat-trick from striker Daniel Byrne.

The final game of the group against Scoil Naomh Eoin was building up to be an epic encounter and so it was. Both teams entered the game having won all three previous games and so only the winner could progress. Every St Anne’s player gave their all but it was Adam O’Sullivan and Jack Coyle in particular who shone through. Jack pulled off some unbelievable saves that even David de Gea would have been proud of. Adam had shown outstanding leadership throughout the day but this was to be his finest hour producing two goals which he rocketed in from distance leaving the keeper with no chance. St Anne’s won the game 2-1 and so topped their group.

Scoil Olibheir Naofa Kilcloon having won their own group were to be St Anne’s final opponent on the day. The game was a titanic encounter finishing 2-2 after normal time and 3-3 after extra time. St Anne’s showed tremendous courage coming from behind on three separate occasions to draw level. Tino Borez was a clear man of the match getting 2 goals, 1 of which came with literally seconds to go to send the game to penalties.  Unfortunately it was not be our day and St Anne’s were defeated on penalties but the boys can hold their heads high having produced one of the best performances the St Anne’s soccer team has ever seen.

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