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Proud in Defeat

Chanel vs Setanta Phibblestown

A sad day for Chanel as Phibblestown win 5-1.

Chanel were off to a great start with the opposition working hard to keep up.

It wasn't long though until Phibblestown scored making it 1-0, twenty minutes in. Phibblestown missed a one-on-one opportunity but minutes later a great counter attack goal made it 3-0.

A great pass by Conor Power through into Mckenzie Hamilton made it 3-1.

This elation didn't last long. Number 3 from the opposing side ran through and slotted it away to make it 4 - 1. The opposing striker ended the game with a cracker making a final score of 5-1.

Better luck next time Chanel.

TY Sports Reporters

Bobby Doyle

Sean Baker

A word from coach McCarthy...

There are reasons why we love watching live sport. Sometimes it’s the goals, the spectacle. Sometimes it is for something more intangible, but far more important. We go to see men with courage, heart, togetherness, spirit and discipline. I had the privilege to witness those qualities in abundance in Parnells yesterday afternoon.

Chanel came up against a quality side packed with big men and footballing ability. Despite having a few half chances early on with several interesting through balls for Byrne and Hamilton, Setanta scored two early goals and then added a third early in the second half. The large band of loyal followers feared the worst. They needn’t have. Evan Byrne was outstanding again in goals. Such was the quality of the Setanta side, he saved at least 3 certain goals.

Urged on by the redoubtable fullbacks Reece Moloney and Ben McGivern, Chanel created and scored a great goal when Hamilton was played in and thrashed the ball home. Tyler Moloney and Power began to bite into the tackles. Molloy, though often outnumbered continued to show and probe incessantly. Shane Byrne worked his socks off in the 9 slot and never stopped trying. Hamilton was put through again and could have reduced the deficit but from the rebound, Setanta added a fourth.

Even then Kalum Connolly was heroic at centre half. Lee Daly never stopped trying to make something happen. Beasley, Wallace, Darby and Choi came on and tried to make something happen. O’Neill and Hamilton left the fray before the end with injuries but just never died.

I learned a lot about the young men wearing the famous old red and black today. I was immensely proud of my band of loyal and brave warriors. Sometimes courage is when you keep getting back up off the floor, keep advancing and playing football even when you are up against a superior force. Well done U15s. We go again next week. Training is Wednesday and next Thursday we must beat Beneavin in our final league fixture to progress. One thing I am sure of, I have a squad of brave men. Thanks for the discipline and the toil. I am proud of you.

Chanel: Byrne; Mcgivern, Kalum C, Lee, Reece; Conor P, O’Neill; Tyler, Molloy, Hamilton; Shane. Subs- all played Darbz, Clarence, Beaso and Russell.

Training Wednesday after school. We’re not done yet! TMcC/LD

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