Nevin hat-trick hero for St. Francis
Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year Boys National Cup Semi Final
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Calasanctius College, Oranmore 0-4 St. Francis College, Rochestown
Pádraig Murphy (10), Harry Nevin (22, 45, 59)
ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN continue their winning streak in the FAI Schools competitions following their classy First Year Boys National Futsal title earlier in the season while the School also claimed a double in the Dr. Tony O’Neill Senior Cup and Tom Ticher Junior Cup twelve months previous.
They made little work of Oranmore select, Calasanctius College in the First Year Boys National Cup Semi Final in Ennis last Thursday (April 26) with Harry Nevin securing a fantastic hat-trick for his team.
The Connacht Champions got off to a bright start with some lovely passages of play from Ben Costello Stevan Healy and Gavin Smyth.
However it was Rochestown that penetrated the Oranmore defence first when Padraig Murphy struck a shot from nothing 20 yards out that landed in Melia’s top corner with 10 minutes on the clock.
Their lead was doubled twelve minutes later as Harry Nevin saw his initial strike palmed away by Evin Melia but the rebound feel nicely to Nevin to head home.
Oranmore netminder Melia pulled off a double save just before the interval to deny Roco duo Henderson and O’Mahony to keep his side in contention heading into the break
Midway through the second period, it was Nevin that struck again, dashing any comeback from the Oranmore side. Nevin rose highest in the box to head home from a Padraig Murphy set piece
Again Harry Nevin was inspiring some fluid play up front and this time it was sub goalkeeper Kyle McGowen that pulled off an exceptional save to deny the Nevin rocket
Nevin however completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark following an excellent individual solo run that save the keeper with no chance.
St. Francis College will now play St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny in this season’s Cup decider which is scheduled for the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh on Thursday, May 10 (KO 3pm)
CALASANCTIUS COLLEGE, ORANMORE | Evin Melia, Osker Seker, Hugh Costello, Darragh Neary, Myles Loughran, Rodney Filipe, Ben Costello, Cuan Quinlin, Gavin Smyth, Steven Healy (Captain), Rokib Adelo
SUBS | Rueben Kelliher, Dylan Madden, Kyle McGowen (GK), Seamus Fallon, Colm McDonagh
TEACHER | Ruth Broderick
ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN | Ryan Delaney, Derry Howard, Luis Dwan, Shane Tobin (Captain), Kevin Lyons, Evan O’Connor, Micheál O’Mahony, Harry Flanagan, Harry Nevin, Pádraig Murphy, Colin Henderson
SUBS | James Fox, Daniel Apaintaku, Jack Tierney, Evan Collins, Cian Buckley
TEACHERS | David Donovan, Patrick Croke
REFEREE | Martin O’Brien (Clare)