Joeys add to amazing run

by Gazette Reporter

ST JOSEPH’S Boys highly rated DDSL Under-14 Premier side claimed their second piece of silverware this season when they overcame Leixlip United after extra time at the DDSL Thunder Cup at the AUL Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The hugely talented squad, who already beat Linfield at the turn of the year to claim the Champions Cup, are still in the hunt for two more titles. The team are favourites to claim the league title and currently sit top having played less games than the teams around them. They also go into a third SFAI All-Ireland Cup final in a row this coming weekend.
On Saturday at the DDSL finals day, Joeys were made to scrap hard to take home the Thunder Cup after a tight and edgy battle with Leixlip.
In a closely contested first and second half, neither side could find the net but St Joseph’s finished in the ascendency and could have nicked it close to the death, however extra time was required.
In the first minute of the added 20, Festy Ebosele scored a goal worthy of winning any cup final. The youngster picked up the ball in his own half and went on a mazy run, evading four challenges before slotting home from just inside the box to spark wild celebrations.
St Joseph’s could have added to the score with a couple of further chances but they went a begging with the score remaining 1-0 and they claimed the cup at the final whistle.
The victory will act as a confidence boost for a side that is well accustomed to winning trophies.
Since Under-10 level, the John Bolger managed and Bernard Byrne coached team have amassed an impressive 12 trophies and are aiming for their third SFAI All Ireland title in a row this Saturday in Cork.
The Sallynoggin based side overcame Corinthians of Cork at Jackson Park to claim their second SFAI title last season and will face the same opposition at the home of Cobh Ramblers this coming Saturday in an attempt to make it three on the trot.
Although the feat has been achieved before, this St Joseph’s team have an opportunity to etch their name in history as one of a select few who have managed three successive SFAI titles.
Few would bet against them achieving it.

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