St Kilian’s DSD completed one of the most memorable week’s in the school’s hockey history as they annexed three titles this week to go with the boy’s U-13 B title won last week.
It was an especially big moment for their Senior girl’s team who, just a year after winning their first title at Senior 3 level, stepped up two divisions to break yet more new ground.
They claimed Senior One with a narrow victory over Mount Temple as captain Sadhbh Hoban-Logan created the only goal of the game.
From the start it was end to end with both sets of defenders and keepers earning their pay. After three minutes, Kilian’s Eve O’Leary had a chance but the Mount Temple sweeper closed it down, setting the tone for a lively first half.
Temple – who reached the final courtesy of Camille Rantz-McDonald’s solo goal in a semi-final win over Newpark – brought the best out of Elizabeth Murphy.
Hermes starlet Hoban-Logan served notice of her threat when she reversed over the bar while both teams had corner chances before the break but to no avail.
The crucial moment, though, came early in the second half when Hoban-Logan smashed across a delicious cross that took a defensive stick to redirect into the goal. Eve O’Leary went close to doubling the advantage while Leinster U-16 Tara Junghenn broke through at pace but was denied in a one-on-one chance by a stunning save.
With time running out Mount Temple pressed and won a corner on full time. With ten players up Kilians somehow scrambled the ball away to take the senior 1 league title at their first attempt. Both teams deserve great credit for providing a thrilling game with the outcome unsure up to the final whistle.
That was last Monday and two days later, Kilian’s were toasting the retention of the Senior B boy’s title as well as the Minor B crown.
At senior level, the first title was won in extra-time, a 2-1 success over Sutton Park. Roger Gonzalez’ drag-flick put the Clonskea school ahead in the first half but a Sutton corner goal meant extra-time.
Gonzalez again did the trick with a high drag into the top left corner 30 seconds before the end of the first additional period and, despite huge pressure, they survived Sutton’s late onslaught to hand coach Kenny Carroll and his crew the silverware.
It was slightly more comfortable at minor level as the side, captained by Robbie O’Leary, had a convincing 4-0 win over Sutton Park in the minor B final at St Andrews.
From the start St Kilian’s went on the attack and scored after 6 minutes when right wing Sasha Kuechenmeister finished a passing move and Cillian Bourke drilled home a short corner to put St Kilians 2-0 up in the 22nd minute. Dan Raymond made it three and they closed out the win with a great team move.