Sexton Street CBS, Limerick 2 - 1¬†¬† Salesian College, Celbridge
Kevin Barry¬†¬†(2)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cian Bolger pen.
Sharp shooter Kevin Barry was the star of the show at the FAI Schools Umbro Senior Cup Final when he scored twice to secure victory for Mick Molyneaux's CBS Sexton Street Limerick side as they retained their coveted title with a 2-1 win over Salesian College, Celbridge.
Salesian College's performance was excellent throughout the 90 minutes but¬†luck was not on their side as Sexton Street CBS retained their grip on the FAI Schools Umbro Senior Cup
In a rattling tie that showed schools' soccer in a magnificent light the teams were together at a goal apiece until 10 minutes from time when Barry struck for the second time to grab glory for his school.
Limerick dominated the opening half during which they went ahead with a controversial goal from Barry.
Salesian shaded the second and their goal too came under controversial circumstances with a spot kick leading to Cian Bolger's
64th minute equaliser.
Ironically both goals followed penalties awarded against the respective goalkeepers, Paul Geraghty
of Celbridge and Limerick CBS net minder Brian Collopy
made amends by parrying the penalty but Barry
pounced for the lead goal. Collopy
was put in bother when his defender James Kelly
sold him short with a pass and again the goalkeeper was penalised by Kilkenny referee, Nicky Marnell,
who pointed to the spot.
The second half was mostly Salesian's thanks to the influence of three of the finest players on the park, Cian Bolger
(St. Kevin's), Robert Creevy
(Shamrock Rovers) and Jean Biansumba
(St. Kevin's) a tricky striker with lashings of ability and a fantastic work rate. Their spirited performance did not go unnoticed.
The tie looked to be heading into extra time but¬†one last attempt on goal by the Munster Champions produced a dramatic winner. Barry
popped up in the 80th minute to evade the keeper and placed the ball in the net with a superbly taken goal from an awkward angle to the delight of the travelling supporters.
Salesians looked like levelling proceedings in the dying seconds of injury time when young Biansumba
almost found the net but his close range effort went agonisingly wide of the left upright.
Celbridge had Limerick rattled on a number of occasions but CBS held their nerve to secure their second consecutive senior title. Limerick CBS
: Collopy, Allen, Kelly, √áollins, Mullins, Hughes, Lynch, Richardson, Clarke (c), Barry, Hanrahan Salesian College
: Geraghty, Walsh, Powderly, Bolger, Boyle, Brown, Molloy, Creevy (c), Biansumba, O'Brien, Mullen.