Kevin's claim first national
ST KEVIN'S CC 3
NAGLE CC 2
LEINSTER champions St Kevin's Community College have been crowned All-Ireland boys champions for the first time in their history after a dramatic 3-2 defeat of Munster's Nagle CC, the holders, at the RSC in Waterford yesterday.
Despite falling behind in each half of normal time, the Clondalkin school fought back to force extra-time and win the contest. It was striker Marco Chindea who struck the all-important third and winning goal for Kevin's -- incredibly, just as he had done during extra-time of their national semi-final.
Scoring consecutive winners to earn his side their first All-Ireland title is some accolade for the sixth-year student, who also got their second goal in normal time and grabbed a brace in the provincial showpiece.
Cork side Nagle began the contest brighter and took an early lead through a free-kick. Kevin's captain, Daniel Matthews, ensured the sides went in level at the break when he somehow squeezed a shot in from an acute angle after a corner. Nagle regrouped at half-time and capped another bright start with another lead goal from a free-kick. It was time for Chindea to steal the show yet again with some double magic as he first popped up at the back post from a corner to head home.
At the beginning of the second half of extra-time, he calmly beat the Cork defence and delicately lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net to provide the winner.
ST KEVIN'S CC, CLONDALKIN: Stephen Kavanagh, Aaron Bailie, Amine Djimani, Daniel Matthews (capt), Dylan Smith, Lee Higgins, Christopher Ward, Marco Chindea, Dylan Byrne, Dylan McKeever, John Harcourt, Nathan Browne, Bradley Foley, Jason Byrne, Ian Greene, Nazim Djimani, Paul McMahon, Luke Byrne, Daniel Condron, Razcan Neculai, Tony Horrigan.