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Four goals apiece for Kinsella and Quinn

EOIN Green could open a packet of Tayto with his left peg.

He treated the audience to a master-class in control and passing on Shanowen Road last Saturday afternoon.

It was in the Cup they named after the lovely gentleman, Willie Norton.

And this SFAI Under-12 Danone Cup contest didn't lack its own charm.

Leixlip play in the 12 Major 1. They were under pressure from the off. But they kept going.

They kept making the tackles. And the hard yards.

They encouraged each other by saying "don't drop the head, lads."

And there was never any fear of that.

Kevin's are a Premier side. And it shows.

"We like to keep the ball on the deck and pass it around," stated Ger Browne.

And the Shanowen stage is just perfect for that. It was the second game of the day on the turf.

It must be the best pitch in Ireland.

Grey clouds hovered in Santry. They eventually brought the rain.

United can only learn from days like this. You become better when you play against the best.

And United will take this experience back into the league.

It's the little things that register. Like the Leixlip United name on their dressing-room door.

Or the pictures on the wall of the great Liam 'Chippy' Brady, Kevin's most famous son.

A young boy on his bike in Ellenfield Park, never dreaming of the career he was going to have.

Or indeed Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady, who had played the previous night at Parkhead.

Up on the gantry, St Kevin's were filming the action.

The closing credits from this particular Match of the Day will feature Ruairi Kinsella and Dylan Quinn, who scored four goals each.

The first goal of the hour was a nugget at the Garda Station end.

Only four minutes on the clock. The ball came to Eoghan Heavey on the 18-yard line and his scorching right-footer sped to the attic.

Kinsella had completed his hat-trick before the break, and he made it 5-0 ten minutes into the second half with a precise penalty, high to the right corner.

The mighty Quinn then hit a Fab Four of his own. His hat-trick goal was a fantastic dribble that was greeted with a sustained round of applause. It was a goal that would have done justice to Chippy himself.

A magic moment.

ST KEVIN'S BOYS: Morgan Griffin; Josh Browning, Len O'Sullivan, Chris Kenny, Ronan Kilkenny, Eoin Green, Gavin O'Brien, Ryan Thornton, Ruairi Kinsella, Dylan Quinn, Eoghan Heavey. Cian McCracken, Ewan McNally, Jamie Egan.

LEIXLIP UNITED: Unavailable from the club

REFEREE: Christy Dunne


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