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.