Phadraig at the double

by Gazette Reporter

Lucan school Colaiste Phadraig CBS were celebrating recently when both their soccer and hurling teams picked up Dublin titles at the end of their respective seasons.

The Roselawn school brought home their first silverware earlier this month when they claimed the Under-14 Dublin Colleges’ hurling C crown with an emphatic victory against St Paul’s of Raheny, which ended 8-11 to seven points in favour of Colaiste Phadraig, and delivered the school their first Under-14 title for 15 years, and their first soccer title since 2007.

Phadraig were never in trouble as they blitzed their opponents from the throw-in with a display of clinical finishing. Full forward Andrew Carroll was Lucan’s star performer with a fine individual display that saw him score 5-3 on the day. Centre forward Emmet Allen contributed 2-3 while captain Ben Coffey also knocked over 1-4 as Phadraig cruised to victory. Centre back Rob Ward impressed in the backline for Lucan while Gavin Millea added a fine point late on.

A spokesperson for the team said: “The team trained extremely hard throughout the year and the victory was just rewards for their commitment and dedication at training.”

On May 15, the Under-17 soccer team secured the FAI Schools Dublin Metropolitan Junior League Division 1 title when another consummate performance saw them defeat Colaiste Choilm from Swords 3-0 at the SDFL complex at Ballyowen Park.

Phadraig’s soccer stars had defeated the Leinster Junior Cup winners and All-Ireland finalists Marion College in the semi-final, and were determined to deliver the title back to Roselawn to mirror the hurler’s success for the school.

Lucan went one ahead in the first half with a well-constructed goal when Darragh Markey, Lucan’s Irish international midfielder, delivered a free kick into the box which was controlled by Josh Clifford who scored with an emphatic strike.

Conor Kane doubled their lead in the second stanza when he cut through the Choilm defence and finished inside the near post, and he repeated the trick soon afterward to seal a deserved win.

Speaking after the victory, team manager Mr Sweetman said: “There has been a lot of success with the younger teams in the school recently so it was only natural that we became more competitive at the older age groups. A lot of the team have contributed a huge amount to soccer over the past four or five years and it was great to finally see them be rewarded for their efforts.

“We are very proud of how the team has progressed since their first training session in September and they took on board what we were trying to achieve. We hope to keep progressing as a team into the senior ranks next year and hopefully we can push on and deliver the senior Under-19 title.”

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