Leinster Boys First Year Cup Final: Shane Flynn brace inspires Benildus to victory in cup final
– 02 April 2015 03:00 AM
ST BENILDUS College survived a late comeback from Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore to add the 2015 First Year Boys Leinster title to their impressive collection.
The South-Dublin school are one of the province's most succesful in soccer, with their 2011 Senior Cup triumph following up unparalelled success in the late 1990s.
Benildus hit the front just three minutes into this showpiece.
Left-winger Shane Flynn looked to be lining up a diagonal ball into the crowded penalty area as he stood over a free-kick just inside the Choilm half, but his direct effort on goal caught out Pauric Martin and sailed over the goalkeeper's head into the net.
Within six minutes Mark Botton forced Benildus stopper Conor Mooney into a save at the other end but it was Martin who was to have the far busier half.
Benildus were rewarded for their pressure with a second goal on 25 minutes as Monaghan broke down the left and pulled the ball back for Luke Kenny to finish.
Two minutes later it was 3-0 and game practically over as Choilm striker Ryan Martin was judged to have pushed in the box during a corner and Flynn - who was forced to retake his successful penalty - scored from the spot at the second attempt.
Choilm looked to have gained a mere consoltation midway through the second-half when Martin finished at the back post from a Botton corner, but a late surge would see Benildus sweat.
The Tullamore side's belief earned them a second goal as injury-time approached when Martin raced clear on goal and finished beyond the onrushing Mooney in style, but Benildus were able to hang on.
St Benildus College: Conor Mooney; Aaron O'Toole, Darragh Naylor, Dara Byrne, Jack Corrigan, Luke Murphy, Harry McEvory, Shane Flynn, Luke Kenny, Jamie Burke, Seán Monaghan. Subs: Colin O'Donovan, Peter Keogh, Stephen Maguire, James McClathie, Matthew Nally, Matthew DeVeale.
Coláiste Choilm: Pauric Martin; Thomas Boyle (Colm Leonard 40) Jay Sheerin, Jack Bryant, Josh Evans Colsh; Mark Dillon, Mark Botton, Matthew Keegan, Ryan Martin, Oisín Keenan Martin, Kieran Dolan. Subs: Diarmuid Walsh, Dean Carroll, Aaron Flanagan. Seán O'Toole.