St Joseph’s College held their nerve from the spot to secure back-to-back Tom Ticher All-Ireland FAI U/17 Junior Cups on penalties at the expense of Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig after extra-time at the Pike Rovers Sportsgrounds in Limerick yesterday.
Goalkeeper Mark Walsh was one of the heroes for the Galway boys after saving two penalties from James O’Sullivan and Michael Cronin at the home of the ex FAI Junior Cup winners.
Ross Murphy, Adam Fitzgerald, Harry Rogers and Evan Deacy were on target for St Joseph’s from the spot. Cathal Buckley, Daniel Murphy and captain Matthew Whelan netted for Coláiste Choilm.
Murphy played a skipper’s part for the holders to step back up and score in the shoot-out as he dragged a penalty wide on the stroke of half-time after keeper Daniel Sweeney fouled Rogers.
Coláiste Choilm, however, will be kicking themselves for this defeat as they created 11 chances as opposed to three for the opposition, in normal and extra-time.
They almost clinched it in injury time in normal time after captain Whelan headed a Darren Forde corner off the bar and Walsh brilliantly saved as the Coláiste Choilm skipper tried to drive home the rebound.
Levi O’Mahony and man-of-the-match Steve Keane almost went close for Coláiste Choilm in a five minutes spell either side of the 20 minute mark; O’Mahony seeing his shot blocked down by the impressive David Carter and Keane driving inches wide from 30 yards.
ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE: Walsh, Fitzgerald, O’Conlain (Medley (99) Eyers, Carter, O’Connell (Moylan 82) Rogers, Murphy capt,, Deacy, Coyne, Dwyer (Lydon 79)
COLÁISTE CHOILM: Sweeney, Kenefick (O’Sullivan 80), Scott (Murphy 90) Buckley, Cronin, Keane (Fahy 94), O’Mahony (Forde 60), O’Connell (O’Brien 78) Whelan capt, Crowley, Walsh.
Referee: M Kirby (Limerick).