The awful weather was the winner in most of the ADSL fixtures this past week but a number of fixtures did survive and there is much to look forward to this coming week.


·        St. Joseph’s and Temple Villa served up a seven goal thriller under the lights at Bealnamulla last Thursday night in the U-13’s Savios Premier Division.


St. Josephs took the lead early in the first half from a mighty free-kick from 25 meters out by Fergus Lennon. It was a belter of a goal. Temple Villa levelled when Adam Donoghue played a great ball to Cillian Lawlor who drilled the ball into the far bottom corner. St. Josephs went back in front with another great goal. Nashir Ishola played an incisive pass into the path of Cian Fallon McGowan who raced clear of the defensive cover to slot the ball low past the Villa keeper. Villa again came from behind to level before half-time. Aaron Keane crossed for Cillian Lawlor to score his second with this time with his left foot. What a first half!


Villa hit the front for the first time in the second half with yet another wonder goal. Matthew Cox did the hard work setting up Aaron Keane who finished with a thunderous shot high into the roof of the net. Villa stretched that lead when Tommy Berry charged forward from midfield and then finished coolly for 4-2.


In a great finish St. Joseph’s got a goal back when Cian Molloy combined with Nashir Ishola down the right flank with Mark Gannon scoring finishing the low cross first time to the back of the net. St. Joseph’s threw just about everything at Villa in the closing moments but the Mount Temple boys held out to win an absolute thriller by that odd goal in seven.


·        In the Under-14 Premier Division AC Francis and Hodson Bay Celtic did very well to complete their game in horrendous weather on Saturday morning. The AIT All- Weather pitch lived up to its name hosting every sort of severe weather except so much as a ray of sunshine!


AC Francis played with the tide in the first half and took the lead with a Dylan Stewart goal. Brian Ruane thundered a shot off the crossbar before making it 2-0 for AC Francis before half-time.


Kevin Rowan made it 3-0 to complete the scoring in the second half in a good work out for AC Francis ahead of their SFAI Cup game this weekend. Great credit must however go to both teams for the quality of this game in awful weather.


·        In the Under-10 South Division Daniel Skene hit a hat-trick for the Hodson Bay Tigers in their 9-1 win over St. Francis in Ballybay on Sunday morning.


Shane O’Boyle gave the Tigers the lead before Daniel scored his first and second goals for a 3-0 lead. Jamie Carroll did come close for St. Francis before a good Ronan Dingman goal made it 4-0 by the end of the first period.


Tadhg Wallace almost got one back for St.Francis at the start of the second period. However Ronan Dingman scored his second of the game to push out the Tigers lead with Shane O’Boyle also notching a second to make it 6-0 at the end of the second period.


St. Francis never gave up and kept trying and were enjoying their best spell when Matthew Samuels scored the first of two goals for him in the last period. In between those goals the impressive Daniel Skene scored to complete a very good hat-trick. St. Francis however had the last word and all their good work was rewarded when Finn Duffy scored a very good goal to conclude a very good match.


·        All attention this week turns to the national SFAI Cups. The SFAI and the FAI between them have allowed the Dublin Schoolboy League make an almost total farce of these national competitions but that should not detract from those teams who have abided by the competition rules from the outset and who have played themselves into the last 32 on merit.


Two of the four ADSL sides left standing in the last 32 see action this weekend looking for a place in the last sixteen in the country.


AC Francis are first in action when they host Straide & Foxford from the Mayo League in the AIT on Saturday afternoon at 2.00pm.  In the original draw AC Francis were drawn out away to Carrigaline from Cork but now have the Mayo side at home on Saturday. AC Francis top the ADSL U-14 Premier Division and it will take a good side to stop them making the last 16 in the country.


Temple Villa Under-12’s were drawn at home to Westport United in the original draw but are now at home to another Mayo side, Castlebar Celtic, in the round of the last 32 in TP Hickey Park on this Sunday with a 2.00pm kick-off. Castlebar have already beaten the Villa in the U-12 Connaught Cup this season but Villa will hope to have learned more from that game as they look to book a place in the last 16.


We wish both Temple Villa and AC Francis the very best of good luck at the weekend.




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