The MSL U-12 team created history recently when they qualified for an All Ireland final winning away against Donegal.
Donegal S/L 1
(aet - MSL win 4-3 on pens)
The game did not start well for the visitors and when Donegal’s Samuel McClintock struck a volley from 20 yards out on 14 minutes that hit the net and it was a fair indication of the home side’s dominance. The rest of the first half saw Donegal take the game to the MSL and to be only a goal down at half time was a result of some great defending by the visitors.
The second half saw a super start for the MSL and with just two minutes played it was 1-1. Liam Fraiser unleashed a shot from just outside the penalty area and it flew in off the underside of the crossbar .
This proved to spur on the MSL and both sides had chances to win though it was the MSL who now had more of the play.
In extra time both sides were getting tired but it took a great save by Gary Saunders in the last minute to keep the MSL challange alive.
The penalty shootout saw both sides convert three of their first four. Jack Owens slotted home the MSL’s fifth with great style and the final Donegal penalty was kicked over the bar. That was the cue for wild celebrations and on Sunday May 27, the MSL play in te All Ireland final in Cahir against Waterford.
The lads had great support from the many parents who travelled. Well done to managers Anthony Hitchcock and Michael Burns and all the players involved in the squad.
MSL: Gary Saunders, Dermot Egan, Stephen Dolan, Mehmet Simsett, Cian Doyle, Padraig Cahill, Sean Flynn, Ryan Maher, Andrew Flynn, Niall Dunne, Evan Power, Andrew Swayne, Stephen Hitchcock, Ryan Dunne, Conor O’Farrell, James Mullen, Diarmid Brosnan, Jonathan Wrafter, Ciaran Burns, Liam Fraiser, Jack Owens,