Our under 13 boys led by Captain Jake Nourse came back from one nil down to beat KH five one to take the under 13 B league title.
The line up: In goals Daniel Sheerin, centre back Mark Donovan, sweeper Rod McAuliffe, left back Louis Prehn and right back Michael Brennan. In midfield on the right Jake Dempsey, centre mid. And conductor of the orchestra Jake Nourse and left midfield Cian Walley.
Up front on the right Hugh Harnett, centre forward Ben McTiernan and left wing Jakob Heins. On the bench: Jonas Zimmermann, Cian Griffiths, Nathan Smyth, Oisin Wynn, Reece Macarulay.
From the start we broke and Ben went one on one with the keeper but the keeper saved. KH broke down the pitch and won a corner and scored to go 1-0 up. Our lads lifted their game and Captain Jake Nourse pushed the team forward. Jake Dempsey was raiding down the right while Cian Walley held the KH right mid in check. Our back four were brill. Centre back Mark Donovan had the KH centre forward in his pocket, Left back Louis Prehn had the best game of the season, right back Michael Brennan was smashing balls down the line and holding the whole back line together was sweeper Rod McAuliffe. Goalkeeper Daniel Sheerin was calm and composed making his kicks fly hard outside the circle.
After 14 minutes we won a corner. The ball was swept out to ben McTiernan who smashed home to level the game at 1-1. After 18 minutes we broke forward and Ben drew the keeper swept the ball to Jakob who Pushed home to put us 2-1 up at the break.
Half Time St. Kilian’s 2 KH 1
The lads were asked to lift their game in the second half and sure enough from the start they poured forward. None more so than Ben McTiernan who was rampaging forward and he went on a solo run
And smashed home to put us 3-1 up. It was a great start to score after 2 minutes. Ben was causing havoc and again he won a ball went on a run to the end line and smashed a ball across the goal to Jakob Heins who deflected the ball at pace into the goal to put Kilians 4-1 up. KH came back and won a corner but we cleared the danger. Louis Prehn was smashing balls down the left to Cian Walley while Michael Brennan did the same down the right to Jake Dempsey. Rod and mark were winning tackle after tackle and Rods clearances were brill. Reece Macarulay and Cian Griffiths came on and played well. It was end to end but our boys worked their socks off closing KH down. We pushed forward and won a corner as the final whistle went. Jake pushed the ball out to Michael Brennan who smashed the ball home to make it 5-1.
It was a great win by the boys who combined skill with lots of hearth and spirit to beat a good KH team. The boys have done themselves proud, the school proud and their families proud. The primary Boys Louis Prehn, Nathan Smyth, Jonas Zimmermann, Oisin Wynn all contributed to getting us to the final. So well done primary boys. The squad rarely miss training and are a pleasure to coach. The future of Kilian’s hockey is bright.
Well Done Boys! and Coach Mervyn.
Final Score: St. Kilian’s 5 KH 1
Man of the Match: Ben McTiernan who scored 2, made 2 and caused havoc going forward.
Goal of the Match: Jakob Heins who smashed home from a cross from Ben.
Finally: Thanks to our to our wonderful Parents who have supported the boys all season and to Noel Donovan for the sweets for the boys.
Tom Parsons Head Coach