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FAI Louth U13 5 a side Soccer Champions

Monastery NS A and B teams played the preliminary round of this competition at Oriel Park in April. In the A team's section they beat Termonfechin and Dromiskin but encountered tough opposition from Dunleer. They then qualified to play Carlingford NS in a tough semi-final emerging winners with a score of 2-1. In a ding dong final against Callystown NS, Clogherhead, Monastery NS A team trailed for most of the game. However thanks to a late goal from Dean Kenny-Walsh they emerged as County Louth Champions on a score of 5-4.

The B team also played gallantly and almost won their section. They lost their final match to a strong Louth NS A team.

See photo of A team to the right. They now play in the North-Leinster Finals on May 6th.

FAI North-Leinster
U13 5 a side Soccer

Monastery NS, Louth champions created a unique double when they became North-Leinster U13 5 a side soccer champions for the second consecutive year. In keenly contested finals at the MDL grounds in Navan on May 6th they faced the Meath champions, Kentstown NS, Westmeath champions, St Colmcille's NS and Longford champions, Melview NS.

In the first match they faced Melview NS and after a slow start they emerged victorious on a score line of 4 - 2. Captain Tom Jackson bagged a hat trick and Jonathan Commins scored one also. Jay Crawley, Dean Kenny-Walsh and Conor O'Brien came off the subs bench in the second half and played brilliantly in their respective positions.

In the second match the Ardee lads faced a tough and physically big Kentstown NS. Darragh McCoy did a fantastic man to man marking job on the Kentstown centre forward ably assisted by Tiernan Corrigan who made some great tackles. Again captain Tom Jackson scored a hat trick and his striking partner Jonathan Commins also added another. Luke Dunne was superb in goal and made some great passes to his teammates. The final score was another victory for Monastery NS on a score line of 4 -3.

In the final game against St Colmcille's a draw or win was all that was necessary to be crowned champions. However Monastery NS started very slowly and struggled playing into the wind. St Colmcille's were firing on all guns and at half time they led the Ardee lads by 2 goals to one. In the second half Monastery NS went on the attack and dug deep to mount a series of attacks on the Mullingar lads. Again Tom Jackson, man of the match, pounced on every chance and got two great goals. And once more Jonathan Commins added another great goal and Tiernan Corrigan came from the back to stab a shot home. Luke Dunne in goals made some great second half saves. The final score was 4 -3 and Monastery NS now play in the Leinster Finals on May 13th at the MDL Grounds in Navan.

North Leinster U13 FAI 5 A SIDE CHAMPS

Aviva Health FAI Leinster
U13 5 aside Soccer

Monastery NS, Louth and North Leinster champions created a unique double when they became Leinster U13 5 aside soccer champions for the second consecutive year. In keenly contested Leinster finals at the MDL grounds in Navan on May 13th they faced the Dublin champions, Scoil Cholmcille, Ballybrack, South Leinster champions, Castlebridge NS, Wexford and Mid-Leinster champions, Durrow NS, Offaly.

In the first game Monastery NS faced the Dublin champions from Ballybrack. They started slowly and great saves from keeper Luke Dunne kept them in the game. Then the Ardee lads began to take control of the game with Tom Jackson and Jonathan Commins playing a series of sharp passes to each other for Tom to score the first goal. Darragh McCoy broke from the back to give beautiful pass up the line for Tom Jackson to pass to the on rushing Jonathan Commins who dispatched the ball to the net. 2 - 0 but the Ballybrack lads threatened again and scored a great goal. In the second half Tiernan Corrigan broke forward twice into the Ballybrack box and scored two goals. Tom Jackson added another goal near the end of match to leave the final score at 5 - 1 and two valuable points earned.

The second game was against a formidable and physically strong Castlebridge NS from Wexford and this was the best game of the finals. The Model County lads got off to a flier and scored two quick goals in succession. The Wexford centre forward was proving to be a real threat and the Ardee lads were rattled. However they slowly regained their composure and Jonathan Commins began to take control of midfield. Tom Jackson played a captain’s role and steadied the ship by scoring Monastery NS's first goal to leave the half time score at 2 - 1. In the second half Monastery NS took control of the game and applied serious pressure to the Wexford lads. However Castlebridge NS counter attacked and scored a great goal to go 3 -1 up with 5 minutes remaining. But the Ardee lads were not going to give up their Leinster title of last year easily and showed tremendous character when Tom Jackson added another goal to make it 3 - 2 to Wexford with 3 minutes remaining. Darragh McCoy was now in control at the back and Tiernan Corrigan was making surging runs forward. Jonathan Commins was passing beautifully and found Tom Jackson in his own half. Jackson went on a zig zag run into Castlebridge's half beating player after player and finally shooting through the defender's legs for the equaliser and his hat trick. It was now 3-3 and the Monastery NS supporters were on edge. In the final 30 seconds of the match Monastery NS won a corner that Jonathan Commins crossed into the box and following a scramble Tiernan Corrigan tapped the ball into the net. The referee blew full time and the Monastery NS lads were overjoyed to have staged such an incredible comeback. Monastery NS had now secured two wins and four points and a win or draw in the last game would suffice for victory.

In the last game Monastery NS faced a gallant Durrow NS, Mid-Leinster Champions. Jonathan Commins established a fantastic lead against the Offaly lads by scoring three goals in the first few minutes of this game. Durrow NS pulled one back but the Ardee lads were always in control. At the beginning of the second half Tiernan Corrigan added two goals to make it 5 - 1. Substitutes Jay Crawley, Conor O'Brien and Dean Kenny-Walsh came on and proved what a strong team Monastery NS have this year. Jay Crawley passed beautifully and scored a great goal. Conor O'Brien was marking his man well but scored a great goal shooting from the half way line. Dean Kenny-Walsh covered great ground and finished off a great move by tapping in a goal. Tiernan Corrigan came back on and added another for his hat trick. The final score was 9 - 3.

Monastery NS were crowned Aviva Health FAI Leinster champions for the second consecutive year and represent Leinster in the All Ireland Finals at the Aviva Stadium on May 28th. This is an incredible feat for a County Louth school.

The Monastery NS team is Luke Dunne, Darragh McCoy, Tiernan Corrigan, Jonathan Commins, Tom Jackson (Captain), Conor O'Brien, Dean Kenny-Walsh and Jay Crawley. The team is managed by Principal Jim McGee and teacher Leanna Cusack.

Monastery NS would like to thank Diane Fay, Administrative Officer FAI Schools and Mark Scanlon Meath Development Officer for the excellent organisation of all the regional events. Monastery NS would also like to thank FAI Regional Development Officer for Louth and former FAI League of Ireland stalwart Mick Neville.


Aviva Health FAI All Ireland
U13 5 aside Soccer
Final 2014

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