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FAI Leinster Schools Soccer Shield Final

FAI Leinster Schools Soccer Shield Final

Belvedere Win 4-3 on Penalties

Joe McGrath Perpetual Cup

Final Score: Blackrock College 2  Belvedere College 2, Belvedere won 4-3 on penalties
Many congratulations to the Belvedere Senior Soccer Squad who captured the inaugural Joe Mc Grath Perpetual Cup.
A cracking match played on the front lawn on a beautiful sunny day. Belvedere were underdogs heading into the final after losing a few weeks previous to the same opposition. A quiet first half saw both teams create a couple of chances. The game sparked into life after the break. Blackrock had a man sent off for a second bookable offence. This galvanised the home side however and they took the lead. Belvedere probed but the outcome was looking bleak until super striker Josh Scully nipped in for a 90th minute equaliser. Coach Feidhlim Kelly gave a stirring speech as the boys headed into extra time. A loud and vocal Belvedere support willed the boys on and on the stroke of half time, Belvedere took the lead through Rory Clarke. This looked to surely tip the balance in Belvedere’s favour but a great header at the far post from Blackrock was the equaliser in the second half and penalties followed.
Belvedere took an early lead with Blackrock missing a couple. Drama followed, however, as Belvedere missed their chance to seal it and let Blackrock back in. However, after another Blackrock miss, Michael Mc Hugh stepped up to clinch the victory.
It was a great day and a huge thank you to Feidhlim Kelly, Mr Mc Kenna, the match officials, supporters, our principal Mr Foley and finally to our gracious hosts, Blackrock College and their principal Mr Alan Mc Ginty. They provided a lovely reception after for players, coaches, fans and parents. This brings to a close a fantastic season of soccer in Belvedere.
Well done all!

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