It was a windy, icy cold day down in Greystones United on the all weather pitch. The group consisting of predominantly second year students made their way down to the pitch to face East Glendalough in the first group stage match of the year.
St David’s started well with some good midfield work by Lucas Du Preez and Luke van den Bergh. In the middle of the first half van den Bergh whipped in a vicious corner which landed at the feet of Alex Baines who slotted it home, 1-0 to St. David’s. The horrific winds played a crucial part in St David’s conceding a goal late in the first half. After an attempted clearing header the wind took the ball back towards the David’s goal and fell perfectly to the East Glendalough striker. Half time 1-1.
St.David's dominated possession in the second half but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. Final score 1-1.
Next up is Dublin Oak in the second group game!
On the 6th of March, the Junior and Senior Girls’ Rugby team set off to The High School to take part in a blitz. The Junior team played a total of six matches, and the senior team played five.
The first match of the day for the Juniors was against Wolstans'. The girls put up a good fight with tries from Fiona Fickett and Andrea Ryan, but unfortunately they were defeated by the opposition.
Next up to play against was Mount Temple, where the girls had a great victory. Tries were scored from Alex, Andrea and Fiona, along with great tackling skills from Paris.
The girls then battled on to play local rivals, Temple Carrig. The two teams were well matched, however St Davids came out on top with a narrow win.
The next match on the schedule was versus St. Dominics. This too was also a close match, but they managed to score a last-gasp try in the last play of the game, leading them to yet another victory.
The fifth match of the day was versus St Louis. The girls also won this match by four tries to three tries, with scores from Kaleigh and Paris.
The final match of the day for the Junior girls was again Mount Temple. Despite the girls’ best efforts, they were defeated.
Sadly, the girls didn’t qualify for the upcoming Leinster tournament. Nevertheless, the girls all played excellently without exception, and should all be proud of themselves!
The day for the Senior girls started off very well. Their first triumph was over Wesley College, where they had a four tries to one victory. Scores were achieved by Rachel Purcell and Lydia Cook Duggan.
Up next was The High School. Teamwork was really shown here leading to the second conquest of the day. Excellent tackles were carried out by Megan Maguire, and tries were achieved by Nell Berney, Ava Stokes and Rachel Purcell.
The third team the girls played was versus St Dominics. The girls showed fantastic enthusiasm and came out with not only another win, but also without conceding any scores throughout the match.
Up next to play was Wolstans'. The overall score was six tries to three tries, in favour of St Davids. Megan Healy and Rachel Purcell had very good tackles throughout this match.
For the last game of the day, the Senior team found themselves facing Temple Carrig. Tries were scored by Katie Lawless, Nell Berney, Aisha Ryan and Megan Healy. The girls managed to win this match too!
The day was a very successful one for the Senior Girls Team, as they came out with five triumphs. The team has qualified to play in the upcoming Leinster Tournament. We are all delighted with this result and we wish you all luck in the tournament!
David’s Junior boys were set to play St. Killian’s on the 23rd of January. St. David’s were very confident coming into the game as they had shown up with a strong side. David’s ran riot in the first half of this match, scoring four goals and two points. A massive effort and a class performance in the first half by this David’s side. At half time David’s led by ten points.
It was not the start to the second half St. David’s would’ve hoped for, a key player Ben Hogan forced to come off due to injury. Kilian’s were able to capitalise on this and returned with four goals and five points. David’s could only salvage another four points but failed to come away with the win. Final score 4-6 to 5-5 in favour of the Bray school. Goals for David’s came from Michael Martin, Callum Smith, Jack Dye and Cian Bollard.
On the 29th of January, our senior girls gaelic team played their semi-final against Avondale Community College.
The girls fought hard for the entirety of the match and they were in the lead by one point at half time. Unfortunately, the opposition was very strong and they weren’t going to give in to defeat. Both teams were neck and neck all the way through until the end of the match. When the final whistle blew, the score was level at 4-7 to 5-4.
The referee then played the mandatory twenty minutes extra time. Although all of the girls put everything they had into the final minutes of the match, the Avondale team managed to win narrowly by one point. The whole team played tremendously with exceptional performances by Ellie O’Malley, Iseult Brosnan and Rachel Purcell.
Hard luck girls!
Team: Eimear Fawcett, Sarah O’Toole, Iseult Brosnan, Sarah Cunningham, Megan McGuire, Deanna Clarke, Lucy Rampersaud, Megan Byrne, Paris Nevin, Rachel Purcell, Ava McGlynn, Ellie O’Malley, Megan Healey, Aoife McTague, Laura O’Toole, Carolann McDonald, Ellie O’Neill, Katie Lawless.
On Thursday 24th of January the senior boys soccer team participated in a semi final which they won 3-1. It was a tight first half with the opposition coming close to scoring but the best chance of the game falling to Stephen Anderson from a corner with the keeper making an outstanding save. At the break it was 0-0.
The second half started off well for Davids with them dominating and looking to score. Finally Eoghan O’ Lonaigh opening the scoring from an unbelievable goal from outside the box straight into the top corner. The opposition didn’t look like scoring apart from set pieces. They did eventually find the back of the net from a free kick. At the end of the second half it ended 1-1 which meant the game required extra time.
During extra time Shaun Cranley hit the ball straight from kick off which flew over the keepers head and went straight into the net. Davids never looked like slipping up again and with minutes left Shaun Cranley gets a lucky bounce off of the defender and he was through on goal. He stopped the ball dead and chipped it over the keeper to make it 3-1.
It was an outstanding performance from the lads with star performances coming from Roy Byrne, Shaun Cranley, Daire Devine, Eoghan O’ Longaigh and Marc Lynch.
Dave O' Sullivan
Eoghan Ó Longaigh
Fionn O' Carroll
David’s brought the game to EGS straight from kickoff, letting their presence known in the tackles and rucks. First try of the game came from a brilliant David’s move with Adam Redmond crossing the try-line.
However, EGS fired back with 3 tries only before David’s returned with another before the halftime whistle. Halftime score 10-19 to EGS.
Our Minor Boys set off to face Dublin Oak Academy on Tuesday the 15th of January in a quarter final game. They knew coming into this match that Dublin Oak were superior in size and strength but our boys were confident they had the necessary skills and ability to win. The David’s team knew they had to be well disciplined if they wanted to continue into the semi-finals. Captain on the day was Cian Bollard.
David’s had a strong start to the match, creating many chances by passing through the midfield but just failed to finish in key areas. Dublin Oak went 1-0 up in the first half - the goal coming from a nice counter attack. However, David’s didn’t let the heads drop and kept the chances coming. Dublin Oak were lucky to go into halftime still ahead after clearing a David’s shot off the line. The scoreline at halftime did not reflect the previous half as David’s were very much on top of their game.
Coming into the second half our lad’s minds were set on reaching the semi’s. However, Dublin Oak weren't going to give it up that easily. They went on to score the second goal of the game, making good use of their pace on the wings. David’s kept on knocking at the door but the goals failed to come. Final score 2-0 to Dublin Oak.
Team: Luke Whelan, Cathan McCarthy, Robert Shparuta, Sam Condon, Euan Brady, Alex Hassett, Cian Bollard, Cian O’Longaigh, Mark Hayden, Callum Smith, Michael Martin, Daniel Tierney, Alex Nolan, Michael Shannon and Sam Langran.
On the 10th of January, our senior boys rugby team made the journey to Carlow to play their third match of the season against Pres De La Salle Bagenalstown.
The team started off very strong with Harry Fortune scoring the first try of the match within the first ten minutes and then another incredible try only several minutes later. Unfortunately, the opposition then stepped up their game leaving the boys behind at half time.
Despite the team’s best efforts and a try by Jan Osinski, the lads suffered an unfortunate defeat.
Hard luck lads and best of luck in your upcoming matches!
Team: Tom Cleary(c), Jan Osinski, Harry fortune, Aaron Jeffries, Jack O’Toole, Joshua Hayden, Lucas Hayden, Evan Smith, Shane Kelly, Andrew Mccann, Paul Egan, Charlie Goodwin, Sean Doyle, Neil Browne, Dylan Thompson, Jackson Bolger, Cillian Fulmer, Nathan Byrne
On Wednesday 19th of December St. David's u-15 soccer team lined out against Creagh College from Gorey in a must win encounter. The group was finely poised coming into the game. The Gorey school knew a draw would be enough to seal progression through to the semi-final stage but David's needed a victory in order to progress.
The game began as a tense affair with Creagh enjoying their fair share of possession and moving the ball well on the excellent Greystones United astro pitch. They were rewarded for their efforts as they broke through and their number nine was taken down within the penalty area. The referee correctly awarded a penalty which was dispatched into the corner with a minimum of fuss.
St. David's began to increase their intensity and work rate without creating any clear-cut chances. A moment of magic from striker Michael Martin was required to bring the Greystones side back on par. After a nice flowing move Martin picked up the ball on the edge of the area, cut inside two players and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the right hand top corner which left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot. St. David's continued to pile on the pressure and were again rewarded when the excellent Callum Smith scored the first of his brace of goals.
St. David's continued to push hard at the beginning of the second half with Alex Hassett and Mark Hayden causing issues for the Wexford school along the wings. The midfield trio of Euan Brady, Cian Ó Longaigh and Captain Cian Bollard worked tirelessly to ensure a constant supply of possession to the attacking quartet. After spurning a couple of chances mark Hayden made a brilliant run through and put David's ahead by another goal. This was quickly followed by a second for Callum Smith.
As the game moved towards a close Creagh managed to pull a goal back. This increased the nerves of the David's players but a sterling defensive effort by Cathan McCarthy, Robert Shparuta and Sam Condon, along with a final goal by Mark Hayden sealed passage to the semi-final stage for St. David's.
Congratulations to the U16 basketball team on their magnificent victory in the East Leinster Plate final in Inchicore today. It was an excellent achievement by all involved.
Well done to Ms. Courtney and Ms. Ní Chatháin on coaching and managing the lads throughout the year!
Bruno De Las Vega
Shane Dunne Hughes
Quintin Lawlor Maher