Our boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed a great day at the 11th edition of the Camel Trophy on Wednesday, 29th May.
Our boys team played on a difficult and large hockey-astro pitch but to their credit battled hard to earn some well deserved performances against teams with high profile players. Unfortunately on the day it was not enough to progress to the latter stages of the competition. The lads went above and beyond to represent the school proudly as they always do and they have achieved so much this year, notably with them qualifying to the Dublin finals with only two 6th class boys should leave them full of optimism for next year.
Our girls team were equally as fantastic and earned themselves a spot in the final to play against Taney NS. Sadly they were unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 2-1 result in a game that really could have gone either way. Grace showed that her halfway line winner against Kill O' The Grange wasn't a fluke by scoring another long-range rocket from an even further distance in the final. We learned after the game that the entire Taney squad play together on the same club team every week so to have come so close to beating them in itself was a massive achievement and shows how far the girls have come in so little time. The day ended on a very positive note with Alana Costello picking up the player of the tournament award which we are all extremely proud with. Well done Alana and very well deserved!!
Thanks again to parents for providing lifts to and from the venue and for their very much appreciated support all throughout this year. Also a massive thank you to Mr. O' Briain and for his help on the day with our boys team and to Ms. Moloney for her continued support with our girls team. If anyone took any videos/pictures of the day, please send them and and we can upload them here.
The arrangements for the Dublin Finals of the Spar 5-a-sides are as follows:
Date: Wednesday May 1st
Venue: National Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown
Time: Registration 10.15 am. First game 11.00 am. The competition should be complete by 1.30 pm.
Each Dublin winner will qualify for the Leinster Finals in Navan on Thursday May 16th.
Our boys and girls teams will be playing on the same day so there is a possibility both teams will be playing at the same time.
St. Mary’s, Donnybrook
St. Patrick’s, Ringsend
St. Andrew's, Malahide
Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada
Good Shepherd NS
Holy Cross NS
St. Joseph’s, Bonnybrook
St. Mary's, Lamb's Cross
St Mary's Donnybrook
Scoil Mhuire gan Smál
St. Patrick's GNS, Ringsend
St. Bernadette's SNS
Virgin Mary GNS
St. Killian's DS
Glenageary Killiney NS
A massive congratulations to our girls soccer team who qualified for the FAI 5-aside Dublin finals at the Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend on Friday, April 5th.
Our two teams competed against 20 other schools located across Dublin. Our winning side after drawing 1 and winning 5 matches went on to top their group. They qualified for the final where they won on penalties!
We are extremely proud of how both our two teams competed and conducted themselves on the day and we received a lot of compliments from the FAI staff of the skills and teamwork we showcased.
Training will resume as normal on Tuesdays after school and our 11 a-side south Dublin competition will resume after the Easter Break. Girls wishing to try the sport out are always welcome!
Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team who qualified for the Dublin Finals on Monday, April 1st. Over 16 Teams competed on the day and one of our teams was fortunate to be one of two school to qualify out of this pool. Our final game went to a dramatic penalty shootout.
This is a huge achievement for the school considering the size of schools we were in competition with. A special thank you to parents and family members who joined us cheering on both of our teams. If anyone has any pictures of the event, could they please send them into Josephine so we can put up onto the website. Thank you.
McKennas' last minute winner gives St. Marys the 3 points against Kill O' The Grange N.S. in girls' soccer league
Goalscorers Alana, Daisy and Grace (x2) gave us a 4-3 win over Kill O'The Grange N.S. on Tuesday 26th March at Herbert Park in the girls soccer league.
Our girls put in an excellent performance and battled hard to earn a deserved 3 points yesterday. Goalkeeper Ríona pulled off some top quality saves when called upon while our outfielders made some wonderful passes, dribbles and shots on goal.
We will be putting the league to one side next week as we look forward to our next outing on Friday, 5th April in the FAI Primary Schools 5-Aside Competition.
St. Mary's Girls Soccer Team won their opening game of the 2019 league 3-0 against Scoil Bhríde, Ranelagh at Bushy Park with goals coming from Thea, Caoimhe and Lucy R. The girls were an absolute credit to the school and played fantastic football throughout the 60 minutes.
We look forward to our first home game against Kill O The Grange NS on Tuesday 26th March at Herbert Park in our next game.
St. Mary's Girls Soccer team enjoyed a first ever experience of League of Ireland football on Friday night with an enjoyable visit to the U.C.D Bowl in the Airtricity League, Premier Division fixture against St. Patrick's Athletic.
Our girls soccer team were invited to the game and to take part as official mascots. The girls also had the opportunity to walk out with the teams at the start of the game and to play a short match during the half time interval in front of a crowd of 1000 spectators. The U.C.D club were also kind enough to provide us with free flags and egg shakers so that we could help cheer on the lads during the game in our front row seats!
Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are extremely grateful for the invitation, especially the free season tickets at the end of the night. We wish the UCD squad the very best of luck with their season ahead and we hope to return to the Bowl again soon.
We now look forward to continuing with our own Tuesday Soccer training sessions for both our boys and girls teams in preparation for the FAI Primary Schools 5 a-side competition which takes place next month. The girls will also be taking part in an 11 aside league which will be beginning later this month.
It has been an exceptionally successful year for Boys’ Soccer in the school with our team being crowned the Champions of Dublin at the FAI Primary Schools 5 aside tournament in April. Our season unfortunately came to an end last week after being knocked out at the Leinster Finals stage of the competition held at the MDL Grounds in Navan during our week off from school.
On the day we were placed in a group of 4 schools from the province of Leinster that included the champions of 3 other qualifying counties; Offaly, Wicklow and Kildare. Put in perspective, these opposing teams consisted predominantly of 6th Class Boy’s, our young group had six 4th class boys in our squad of 8 players.
Our squad of Max, Harry, Ben, Zach, Glen, Josh, Ali and Louis all acquitted themselves very well competing in the correct way and playing some very attractive football throughout the competition, a fact that was acknowledged by the tournament organisers during the ending presentation ceremony.
On the finals day unfortunately, we lost our 3 games. However, the attitude and application not just on Wednesday but on the many outings, and early Tuesday morning training sessions that we’ve had this year was to be highly commended. Despite the disappointment of last week there were 8 smiling faces that travelled back to Dublin which showed how much fun the lads had from the whole experience.
Our goalkeeper Max pulled off some fantastic over saves over the 3 games which drew applause from all the spectators in the attendance. FAI Senior International Manager Martin O’Neill was also in attendance on the day and would have been impressed.
Our Captain Harry, the only 6th class boy in our group was a superb example and always kept the team going, particularly when the games appeared to be slipping out of our control.
Our 4th class boys, Zach, Glen, Ali, Ben, Louis and Josh all showed moments of class and should be very pleased with their performances. All six players are eligible to play in this competition for another two years.
Everyone at Saint Mary’s N.S. is extremely proud of the boys’ achievement this year. It has been a fantastic learning experience for the boys having the opportunity to play against older and more experienced quality teams from around the province. A huge thank you also to all the parents who have helped throughout the season by providing lifts to and from the games, and being supportive on the side-lines with such positive encouragement, particularly in the wind and rain that we had to endure last week.
The memories and accomplishments that we can look back on from this season’s efforts were not achieved in one day. The effort and enthusiasm from every single one of the 19 boys that turned up each Tuesday morning all helped to contribute to our success and made it all such an enjoyable experience. We also remain “Champions of Dublin”.
If there are parents that have pictures of the Leinster Finals Day, we would really appreciate if you would please send them in to Josephine so that we can get them posted on the school website.
We are delighted to report that our Boys Soccer Team today have won the Dublin FAI 5 A-Side competition that was held at the Irishtown Stadium.
To put this achievement in context, an estimated 50/60 schools from the Dublin region took part in the area qualifiers with 4 teams emerging from their separate qualifying days.
As winners of our qualifying day, we were entered into a group of 4 teams with the task of topping the group in order to progress to the Leinster Finals Day.
The Teams involved in our group were Hedgestown NS, Howth Road Mixed NS, St. Benedict’s and our very own St. Mary’s NS, Donnybrook.
Our day began with less than an ideal start. Josh and Glen created several chances in the game as they did throughout the day, hitting the post and crossbar on a few occasions.
Unfortunately, we came out losing the opening game 2-1 to Howth Road Mixed NS. Not the most ideal start, but perhaps the wake-up call that was needed.
Hedgestown NS were up next and the lack of a sufficient recovery break was reflected in our performance as we quickly went 2-0 down in the opening 5 minutes.
At this point, we were starting to think that today wasn't going to be our day. However, Max's contribution in the game was second to none, pulling off some David De Gea like saves to keep us in the game.
Our Captain Harry rallied the troops and we managed to bring the score back to 3-2 with a last minute penalty courtesy of Zach.
Ben also showed neat and tidy feet, rarely giving the ball away at a time we were looking to hang on in this game. He also came agonizingly close to scoring an amazing free kick.
Going into the final game, we were in a situation where we needed to win the game by 4 goals in order finish equal on top of the group with St. Benedicts NS, a side who played some fantastic football in their first two games.
The game from beginning to end was played at a frantic pace. The lads had achieved the unthinkable and were 6-2 up with 5 minutes to go.
In the final moments, we were under intense pressure with everyone almost out on their feet from the amount of effort and energy expended over 3 games.
Ali and Louis to their credit showed a fantastic work ethic and attitude in closing down the opposition, chasing down lost causes when required, and helped contribute to some fantastic goals at crucial times in the game.
After having played 3 games, we were now tied were St. Benedicts NS. Penalties awaited!
A penalty shoot-out is a lottery with success or failure defined by small margins. Our Boys showed fantastic support for one another in this pressure situation with each player slotting away their penalties with confidence.
At 5-4 ahead in sudden death, it was Goalkeeper Max who was the player with the final say, getting down low to save the 5th penalty and crowning Saint Mary’s “The Champions of Dublin”
The application of the Boys, their attitude and determination was to be admired and evident to all that were present.
Our next day out will be on May 10th at the MDL Grounds, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath. A huge “Thank “You” to all of the parents that made the effort to come and support and cheer on the boys today.
If any parents have pictures of the games, we would really appreciate if they would please send them in Josephine so we can get put them on the school website.
St. Mary's Soccer Team
We currently offer soccer training for boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class.