Congratulations to our Under 15 squad who beat Templeogue United on Sunday to win the Under 15 Major league and gain promotion to the Premier Division next season.
The 15s join our expanding list of league winners as our Under 10s and the Under 11s have also won their leagues.
On a perfect pitch in Bunting Road and in the hot sun the 15s were 80 minutes away from winning the league.
They set about taking the game to the visitors from the start but almost fell behind when a long range effort from Templeogue was palmed over the bar and away to safety by Pats keeper Glen Duffy.
Karl Tims had the Saints first chance of note but having raced clear of the Templeogue defence his shot was tame.
Dennis Keane moments later had Pats next chance but he dragged his effort to the left and wide.
Then a sweeping move from the back saw Tims released down the left, Keifer Byrne joined in support and drove into the box and his accurate square pass allowed Mikey Delaney to race onto the ball with only the keeper to beat but the Templeogue goalkeeper made the first of many great saves.
Templeogue weren't playing to make up the numbers and were nearly in when a ball over the top released their centre forward but brave goalkeeping by Duffy averted the danger.
More chances were to come the Saints way in the second half.
First Craig Smithers dribbled his way into the box but his fiercely struck shot was beaten away.
Next to try his luck was Mikey Delaney as he jinked his way past two defenders in the box and from a tight angle unleashed a tremendous strike only to see his shot tipped over the bar by the Tempelogue keeper.
The tension mounted, Templeogue defended bravely, Pats continued to search for a goal.
Another move down the right wing saw Conor Casserly pull the ball back to edge of the box for Smithers whose shot had the line celebrating as the ball whizzed goalwards, however the Tempelogue keeper made another world class save to somehow push the ball around the post.
The resulting corner kick was cleared to the edge of the box, Casserly headed it back in, it fell to the feet of Smithers who controlled the ball neatly and hit it early giving the keeper no chance, cue wild celebrations.
Knowing only a point was needed and leading 1-0 these young Saints continued to push for a second, keeping Templeogue pinned back.
Alex Dolan and Shaun Saul both had chances as the clock ticked down and the final whistle got closer.
Finally it came and with it the end of a marvellous campaign.
Congratulations again to the team and management and best of luck in the Premier division next season.
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