CDETB SCC MINOR BOYS 5-A-SIDE SOCCER BLITZ FINAL
By Louise Browne
Marino College 2
Kylemore College 2
Marino College won 6-5 on penalties
MARCEL KIWITT was the hero for Marino College when he saved Luke Fortune’s penalty to win 6-5 in a dramatic penalty shoot out against Kylemore College to win yesterday’s CDETB SCC Minor Boys 5-a-side final at Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend.
Tied at five penalties apiece, in a sudden death scenario, Fortune opted to go for power firing his penalty straight down the middle but Kiwitt held his position to kick start the celebrations for the Fairview college.
It was fitting that Kiwitt made the all important save as the first year student was Marino’s stand out player with an array of excellent saves throughout the competition that where pivotal to Marino’s success.
The final itself had thrown up a lively affair finishing 2-2 after Kylemore’s captain Aaron Corish scored a stunning equaliser with the last kick of the game to take the final to penalty kicks.
Marino College had grown in confidence as the competition progressed so it wasn’t a surprise when they took the lead through Denis Apetrei’s strike despite Kylemore having the lions share of the early possession.
Kylemore College had gone into the final as slight favourite’s with Corish and Craig Delaney leading the Ballyfermot school’s attack.
However, Kiwitt was superb in goal making numerous saves from Kylemore’s strike force to lead 1-0 at the midway break.
Corish punished a lapse in Marino’s concentration straight after the restart when his quickly taken free kick beat Kiwitt at his near post.
Both sides traded shots on goal but Kiwitt and Kylemore’s keeper Jake Kelly took off some outstanding saves between the posts.
Midway through the second half Marino’s Alex Diacony let fly with a long range effort that deceived Kelly who could only watch as Diacony’s effort crossed the line.
Kylemore went in search of an equaliser but Marino’s captain Brian McCarthy, Diacony and Kiwitt were all excellent at the back and couldn’t be faulted for Corish’s powerful strike at the death.
Marino College defeated Ringsend Community College 3-2 thanks to a late goal from their captain Brian McCarthy in the semi final.
Klyemore College had a comfortable 6-2 win over Cabra Community College in the other semi final at the sports ground in the heart of Ringsend.