SMGS Soccer Update
SMGS qualified for the Senior Cup knockout rounds with a 5-3 league victory over Ashton, with lots of fringe players getting game time and showing the depth of the squad at this age level.
The first knock-out round pitted our lads against the current U17 and U19 all-Ireland Champions, Rochestown College. An incredible display from all the players gave SMGS a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to set-piece goals from Evan Murphy and Mark Cummins, and in the second half, a breakaway goal from James O'Connell gave us a 3-0 lead. Rochestown inevitably fought their way back, with goals in the 60th and 85th minute. But our boys maintained their composure to hold on to the lead, knocking out their illustrious opponents and advancing to the next round. Congratulations to all the boys for an incredible performance that will live long in the memory.
A tough first round draw against the always-strong Douglas team proved too much for our lads, going down 2-1 in a hard-fought game where our opponents deservedly progressed.
Having beaten Carrigaline in the first round, the U15 team faced an unknown adversary in Col. an Chraoibhin Fermoy, and we were soon one down as our opponents began well. However, our boys settled down and started to play their passing game to great effect, Conor Nolan equalizing with a drive from the edge of the box, Ryan O'Connor scoring from long range, Evan McCarthy waltzing his way through their defence from right-back to score. A scrappy final goal ensured a 4-1 victory and progress into the next round.
First Year Boys FUTSAL:
Our squad of 12 players competed in the First Year FUTSAL tournament, but came up against physically and technically superior sides. All players got a good run out, and the day was enjoyed by all.