The boys from 1st and 2nd had an amazing day on Mr. O’Rourke’s farm in Tipperary. They got to feed the hens, collect eggs, build walls, hammer nails, run through a meadow, find out all about rearing cattle, play football, do an assault course, ride on a pony and cart, pet a goat, go on a trampoline, do an assault course, visit an old house, examine historical artefacts, and eat some delicious home-cooked food. Many thanks to Tom, Terry and all of the family, friends and neighbours for giving us all such a memorable welcome and for helping us have a wonderful day in the sunny countryside.
We played St Ultan’s, Cherry Orchard in the League semi-final this week and managed to avenge our defeat by the same opposition in the Pegasus Cup by coming away with a 2-1 win. It was a fantastic performance by the whole squad and every player was superb. Jake and Darragh were our scorers on the day and we would have been further ahead but for some great saves from Igor and a dubious offside call. Our excellent opponents hit back early in the second half and it took a huge effort to prevent them from grabbing an equaliser. We now await the outcome of the other semifinal to see who we will meet in the final. Well done boys; you were all heroes and the whole school is very proud of your efforts and the admirable way you conduct yourselves on the pitch.
Junior and Senior Infants and some of their parents went on a symbol hunt with Ms. Sherry – we found stop signs, children crossing signs and even place name signs. We had great fun ticking off the signs we saw on our clipboards!
We played our final two league games this week. Our first game was against St. Nicholas of Myra School and despite an even first half we managed to pull away in the second half and won 8-2 in the end. The scorers were Igor, Evan, Jake, Darragh and Dylan with Aaron Bewley and Darragh Ryan having outstanding games. Sean MacPeake made his debut for the team in the second half.
Our final league game was against our local rivals, St. Joseph’s from East Wall where the league title was at stake. Joey’s needed to win the match but we just needed to draw. The match turned out to be a cracking game with little between the teams. On a very blustery day in Ringsend Park we scored first through Jake and then Igor rattled the underside of the bar with a rocket-like free-kick. Joey’s danger-man, their number 8, equalised with a high shot from the edge of our box and it was level at halftime. Igor put us in front again with a tremendous solo goal after a nice pass from Jake. Igor dribbled past a couple of defenders and the goalkeeper before backheeling the ball into the net from a tight angle. What a goal! Again Joey’s equalised, this time from a freekick which sailed high over Cian and into the roof of the net. Ringsend continued to attack and Dylan rifled an unstoppable half-volley into the net from the edge of their box to put us 3-2 up. Joey’s, however, refused to throw in the towel and continued to press for another goal. It looked like they had grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time only for Rhys to produce an unbelievable goal-line clearance after Cian had saved from their striker. Then came the final whistle and a touchline invasion of jubilant supporters. Well done to all of the players on a fantastic win against a very good St. Joseph’s team. All of the players were heroes on the day but special mention must go to Aaron, Darragh and Tymek for outstanding play throughout. All of our subs got some game time too and young Tadhg Healy played his first game for the school team.
We are now through to the semi-finals of the League Competition where we could face St. Ultan’s again. They beat us 4-1 in the Pegasus Cup so we will be looking to avenge that defeat this time around.
We began the season with a defeat in the Pegasus Cup away to St. Ultan’s, Cherry Orchard. Igor scored our goal in a 4-1 defeat. Our first league game was at home against St. Benedict’s and we came out on the right side of a 4-1 scoreline on this occasion. Igor (2), Dylan and Evan K were our scorers on the day. Two days later we played Plas Mhuire away at Stella Maris in Drumcondra. The team played some wonderful attacking football and had a very convincing 9-0 victory. Jake found the net on no fewer than 5 occasions with our other goals coming from Igor, Dylan, Aaron and Malcolm. We have 3 more league games to go this season. Our next outing is the Dublin 5-a-side blitz which takes place on Wednesday, April 2nd in Irishtown Stadium.
We played the 5-a-side blitz in terrible conditions in Irishtown last week and did really well to emerge from a very tough group to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament where we lost 2-1 despite dominating the game. All 8 squad members played well.
We played our third league match yesterday against Baggot Street. We led 4-0 at the break thanks to strikes from Jake (2) and Dylan (2). We brought on 10 subs at half-time but still managed to win the second half 3-2 with further goals from Jack, Jake and Evan K. It was a first competitive game for lots of the boys yesterday and they acquitted themselves very well. Oisin, Adam, Rhys, and Samuel performed excellently on their first time donning the school jersey. We have 2 more games left in the league which will be played after Easter. You can monitor our progress online at this web address: http://inform.fai.ie/league/Clubs/portals/FAISDublin/default.aspx?
The football season will begin in February. We have entered a team into the 11-a-side League and Cup competitions as well as the national 5-a-side competition. A squad of nearly 30 boys from 3rd to 6th classes have been training since Halloween in preparation for the new season. We have a few ‘friendly’ games arranged for the coming weeks. On Thursday, January 23rd, we will play Sheriff St. in Ringsend Park on the small Astro pitch. Then the following week we will play them again on their pitch. We’ve also arranged a trip to Ronanstown for the week after to play some 5-a-side matches there using the players who don’t make the first team squad. It is a reward for all of the younger children who have been training so well this year.
Mr. Booth has begun Hurling training as the school gets ready for the start of the Hurling league in Spring this year. We hope to build on some good performances last year and also to introduce some new, younger players to the team this year.
We hope all of the players enjoy the sporting year ahead.