Brilliant Boyne fires Killinarden into dream semi
KILLINARDEN Community School's most famous sporting accolade is producing Ireland hero Richard Dunne, but the Tallaght school's junior side are attempting to rewrite the history books.
A superb hat-trick from William Boyne on Tuesday saw off the challenge of the mighty Salesian College in the quarter-finals of the FAI Schools Leinster Junior Cup and maintained Killinarden's unbeaten status.
The 3-0 victory booked the school's place in the final four of the Under-16 provincial competition and has them on course for a first Leinster title.
Boyne opened the scoring early in the first half when he followed up on John Tambwe's header off the crossbar to poke home.
The same player made it 2-0 before half-time from the penalty spot after his own shot was blocked by a Salesian hand in the box following Carl Chambers' through ball.
Despite playing against a strong breeze in the second half, Killinarden fended off the Celbridge school's comeback and grabbed a third goal on the break as Boyne finished neatly after Jamie Dawson's through ball.
Manager David Murphy, assisted by Chris Hynes, admits the current generation of soccer stars in the school are setting a new standard in the club's record books.
"The school is probably most famous for Richard Dunne being a former pupil and we are not really renowned for regular success at this level," said Murphy.
"I certainly can't remember us winning a Leinster title or even reaching a semi-final, so that is a nice achievement from a really talented bunch of players.
"There is a drive and confidence about this group of players who all play for good clubs in the local area and they want to achieve something."