Soccer 2010 - 2011

 

Soccer continues to grow from strength to strength in St Francis College with another successful year after a narrow defeat in last years All-Ireland final. There are now four school teams competing at first year, U-14, U-16 and U-18 levels at Munster level as well as the local Cork schools cup competition. We also saw David O Leary from sixth year being called up to the Irish U-17 International squad and had several students represent Cork in every age group.

 

First Year Munster Cup

For the third year running, our first years qualified for the final of the First Year Cup which is a very difficult competition to win, comprising of 42 teams playing at an A level.

 

In the group stages our first years beat Colaiste Mhuire of Cobh 4-2 before losing 1-0 to Ballincollig CS in which all of our 28 man squad got a run out. In round 2, a hat-trick from Cathal Dold rounded off a 5-1 beating of St.Colmans, Fermoy before the same player scored twice against Cashel in a 5-0 win in round three.

 

Rochestown were drawn against Ballincollig CS again in the Munster Quarter Final and after a very tough game and extra time, went through 2-1 after Cathal Dold scored with 2 minutes of extra time left. It was extra time again in the semi-final against Crescent Comprehensive from Limerick with captain Shane Kingston scoring a wonder goal in the first half from 25 yards. It finished 1-1 in normal time but the character, desire and belief of this team shone through once again with Cathal Dold and Sam Collins finishing theLimerick side off with two goals in the last five minutes of extra time.

 

In the final against De La Salle, Waterford, Rochestown were twice in the lead through goals from Shane Kingston and Cathal Dold and looked to be heading for a second successive Munster Final win. However, a strong and pacey De La Salle side came back to draw 2-2 and then take the lead in quick succession to break Rochestown hearts. A cruel blow but these players have performed magnificently, none more so than in the final itself and should be very proud of the effort they gave the Roco jersey.

 

Congratulations to Cathal Dold who gets the first year Player of the Year with David Griffin getting the Most Improved Player award throughout all soccer teams.

First Year Munster Schools Finalists

 

 

U-14

In the Munster Cup, our U-14ís travelled to Kinsale and won  3-2  before beating Spioraid Naoimh 2-1 in round 2 with goals by Daniel Kingston and Eoghan Daly.

 

In round 3. Roco beat a physical Clonakilty team 2-1 with both goals coming from Cork player Eoghan Daly. In the quarter-final, despite going a goal up through Eoghan Daly again, Roco were very lucky to go out to eventual All-Ireland finalists Clonmel CBS by 2-1.

 

The Cork Schools Cup saw Roco take on Crosshaven in round one and win 5-1 with Kevin Flahive getting a hat-trick. In the quarter final, Clonakilty again were the opposition with Roco coming out 2-1 after extra time with superb goals from Mark Dolan and Daniel Kingston.

 

In the semi-final, Christians were the opposition. Rochestown got off to a great start going two goals up through George Gill and Daniel Kingston but CBC came back to draw level. However, a well taken goal by Daniel Kingston put Roco 3-2 up and into the final.

 

The final v Clonakilty was very much a one-sided affair with Roco putting in a majestic performance to beat the West Cork boys 4-0. A goal from David O Connor and a hat-trick from man of the match Daniel Kingston saw Roco crowned U14 Cork Colleges soccer champions for the first time ever. Well done to Mr.Murray, Mr. Connick and all the players involved.

 

Congratulations to Luke Carroll, our captain, who gets the U-14 Player of the Year. Well done also to Eoghan Daly, Ben McCauliffe and David King who won the All-Ireland with the Cork Kennedy Cup team also.

Under 14 Cork Schools Soccer Champions

 

U-16

Our U-16 started off Munster with a great win against Spioraid Naoimh, winning 3-1. Round 2 saw Roco have a much tougher tie against Colaiste Mhuire, Cobh and went down 4-0. Well done to Cian Murphy who gets the U-16 Player of the Year.

 

U-18

The U-18ís had only one game this year and were beaten 4-0 by Schull in round one of the Cork Schools Cup. Congratulations to David OíLeary who received a call up for the Irish U-17 International squad recently. David also gets our Player of the Year this year.

 

We would also like to thank the TYs for all their help throughout the year.