Thursday 23 November 2017

Phádraig Minor boys seeking double vision as Juniors look for Cup solace

COLáISTE Phádraig CBS's Under-15 boys are on the verge of a Leinster Cup and League double.

The Lucan school are making big waves in schools soccer recently, with Ray Cullen's Minor Boys bringing home a third provincial cup crown in four years to the school.

The majority of the current side won the First Year Cup in 2013 - 12 months after Cullen's original team captured the same trophy and went on to claim All-Ireland glory.

Star striker Yasser Mahrouk bagged a hat-trick as further goals from Cian McGrane and Aaron Rogers sent Phádraig past De La Salle Dundalk in their Leinster League semi-final before the break.

Cullen's latest crop are also in the semi-finals of the Dublin Metropolitan Cup and on current form a unique treble is a distinct possibility. Unfortunately for Phádraig, St Declan's College Cabra spoiled their chances of a Minor and Junior Leinster League double.

Goals from Michael Cregan (two) and Tadgh Keogh ensured Declan's gained revenge for their Dublin Cup final-four defeat to Phádraig by marching into the provincial league final at their expense.

Phádraig's Under-17s will look to regroup when they return as that original success over Declan's earlier in the campaign means they can still defend their Dublin crown.

The Lucan school's Junior crop are one of the most talented in the school's history and were disappointed not to add last year's Leinster Minor Cup to their First Year provincial and national success, while a registration error eliminated them this year.

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