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Sunday 16 December 2018

Paddy Roche goal enough to end DDSL’s seven - year dominance

THE NDSL ended the DDSL’s seven year unbeaten run at the Kennedy Cup by clinching the 2011 final on a 1-0 scoreline at University of Limerick.

Paddy Roche – who only joined Karl Carpenter’s squad in February – was the goalscoring hero who ended the DDSL’s 39-match unbeaten run. Great credit is due to the DDSL, who played some superb football, and manager John Devine insisted that the week was a success for his side, despite the final setback.



“The player is always the most important element and we wanted to prepare them to play in the proper way and develop them for the future. “It was all about learning and preparing them for the future and not just putting a medal on the mantlepiece and the kids still not knowing how to play the game,” he said. Both managers set out two teams committed to playing football and, while the NDSL put a lot of pressure on the holders, all that separated the sides at the finish was Paddy Roche’s 10th-minute goal.



Close to 100 matches were played at the University of Limerick and the week went off very smoothly for the SFAI-organised tournament. The Kennedy Cup remains the most coveted trophy in Irish schoolboy football and the NDSL claimed the title in a week where they simply went from strength to strength.” “We had a great team on the pitch and a great team off it,” said manager Karl Carpenter. “We had great preparation and we also had some great intelligence and that helped us win,” stated the delighted boss.



“The boys gave so much over the week and they are a credit to the league.”THE NDSL ended the DDSL’s seven year unbeaten run at the Kennedy Cup by clinching the 2011 final on a 1-0 scoreline at University of Limerick. Paddy Roche – who only joined Karl Carpenter’s squad in February – was the goalscoring hero who ended the DDSL’s 39-match unbeaten run. Great credit is due to the DDSL, who played some superb football, and manager John Devine insisted that the week was a success for his side, despite the final setback.



“The player is always the most important element and we wanted to prepare them to play in the proper way and develop them for the future. “It was all about learning and preparing them for the future and not just putting a medal on the mantlepiece and the kids still not knowing how to play the game,” he said. Both managers set out two teams committed to playing football and, while the NDSL put a lot of pressure on the holders, all that separated the sides at the finish was Paddy Roche’s 10th-minute goal.



Close to 100 matches were played at the University of Limerick and the week went off very smoothly for the SFAI-organised tournament. The Kennedy Cup remains the most coveted trophy in Irish schoolboy football and the NDSL claimed the title in a week where they simply went from strength to strength.” “We had a great team on the pitch and a great team off it,” said manager Karl Carpenter. “We had great preparation and we also had some great intelligence and that helped us win,” stated the delighted boss. “The boys gave so much over the week and they are a credit to the league.”



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