Congratulations to our U19 Soccer Team who beat Coláiste Mhuire Buttevant in the John Murphy Cup Final which was played in Carrigaline Thursday the 3rd of February.

St. Peter’s were leading 3-0 at half time with impressive goals from Alex Linehan (2) and Kristian O’Callaghan. Buttevant  managed to come back in the second half and scored two goals.

Dance of a different beat!

Report  By: Mr. Ryan

The neutral venue of Carrigaline AFC was the scene of one of the most spirited and organised displays of soccer St. Peter’s senior boys’ team have ever produced. Our girls have had stylish success in the past winning Munster and All Ireland Schools’ B titles and so it was finally time for the lads to step up and match that, at least in part.

Amid chants and songs led by our band of severely dedicated sixth years, St. Peter’s dominated the first half. The passing was smooth and controlled, razor sharp at times, pure quality. Well taken goals by Christian O’Callaghan and the superb Alex Lenihan (a brace) put the lads head and shoulders above at the break –a mallet-like hammering, 3-0. It was always going to be difficult to come back from that, but credit must be given to the opposition who refused to give in.

The lads from Buttevant were a solid and confident group and their midfield were a real a presence. They grew into the game, but they were cut down by a snappy defence that chopped away smoothly and swept up any would-be attacks. Buttevant did get a penalty to get them back in it and they followed up soon after with another to make it 3-2. But players like James Desmond and Denis O’Brien worked hard on the fringes and kept control, their never say die attitude, further highlights.

At times the North Cork school did have plenty to shout about and they hammered their own drum hopefully. In the final seconds there were a few close shaves, but the St. Peter’s keeper Daniel Moynihan was a safe pair of hands and in the end. St. Peter’s had the better composure. No doubt about it. They had the better supporters, who had their rivals dancing to a different beat. They had the better management, real dedication. They simply had the better team too…

There’ll be a lot to comb over in advance of the All Ireland semi final but for now it’s time to celebrate.

E Ryan