Under 12 DDSL
Just 2 minutes later and Adam McNulty came close again after some nice build up play coming out from the back and involving Jamie,Kyle,Bakry and Nurden again. Aaron O came off the bench as the saints started to play the ball around nicely and assert them selves on the game.
Ryan and Alex were eventually broken down on 23 minutes but as is so often the case with this team Jason Quintilla made a great save to deny the visitors the opener. Everyone in attendance were treated to some great freeflowing football from both sides and on 28 minutes they got a goal to compliment the quality of football. Aaron O with a great run found Adam McNulty on the edge of the box who with his first touch played a perfectly weighted pass into Nurdens path and the Saints #9 finished with aplomb. The pace of the game didn’t let up at all Ciaran Connolly putting in a massive shift in midfield along side Bakry. A very clever ball from Alex sent Nurden free on 32 minutes and more good goalkeeping from the visiting keeper kept the score at 1-0. A pulsating first half drew to a close and players and spectators alike needed a breather.
The 2nd half was just as frenetic as the first although both defences were holding tight despite probing from both sides. The saints midfield started to gain a little bit more of the ball and on 15 minutes a trademark burst from Aaron O led to a save from the Clontarf keeper led to a high ball which Aaron managed to bravely get his head to just ahead of the onrushing keeper to nod the Saints into a 2-0 lead. Lesser teams may have let their heads drop but not this Clontarf team, they stepped up another gear and the Saints had to work hard to keep them out Luke Stones and Jamie Devlin out on the left and right of midfield both having to defend well and battle hard. A through ball on 25 minutes set Clontarf up for a one v one but Jason was out like a flash and cleared the danger in classic sweeper keeper fashion. With captain fantastic off with a bit of knock Ciaran slotted in beside the excellent Alex Lynch and comfortably kept the late surge from Clontarf at bay.
A really great result for the Saints against a very strong Clontarf FC side, already looking forward to the return fixture if today is a marker. All the Saints put in an excellent shift today and along with 3 points was another clean sheet, shout out for Aaron Mullins who couldn’t play due to an ankle injury but was on the line supporting his mates.
Also thank you to Darragh Sutton for Reffering today, great to see young lads taking on this important role.
Thanks also to Liam Lynch for the match report.