Hard luck to the team who lost their preliminary round cup game to O’Connell’s. However, the scoreline does not do justice to the efforts of the PCS team who did everything except score.
The lads found themselves 3 nil down after 20 minutes of schoolboy defending. 2 goals were totally avoidable with one resulting from a great save by Steven James. But his defence watched as the opposition forward ran in to tap home the leftovers. As the half wore on PCS created numerous opportunities but the closest they came to a goal was a post that denied Karl Stanley. A great move then resulted in a penalty which was dispatched clinically by Karl Lynch into the bottom lefthand corner of the net. O’Connell’s then scored on the counter attack to make it 4 – 1 at halftime. Troy Hennessy came on in the second half and provided support and added to the creativity of the tireless Kevin Healy in the PCS midfield. Kevin’s range of passing and Troy’s link up play were vital as PCS searched for a way back into the game. PCS pressed for the entire second half with wingers Karl Stanley and Ciaran Gregan enjoying more of the ball. Darren Daly dropped deep to help the PCS cause but the team were unable to capitalise on a string of guilt edged chances. Healy was then unlucky to have a superb free kick saved by the O’Connell’s keeper who got down smartly to his left. The Porto agony was then compounded when O’Connell’s then grabbed a breakaway goal to seal the deal 5 – 1. The team then suffered the loss of the indefatigable Max Slobodkin and keeper Steven James who made several great saves on the day. PCS had lots of football in them but could not cope with the more direct play of the opposition. Making the most of the hard fought opportunities that come their way and tightening up in defence will be necessary in the season ahead.
The Sixth Year Parent Teacher Meeting takes place on Monday 12 October from 4.15 to 6.45 as per the school calendar. Classes will end at 3.25 to facilitate the meeting.
The Academic and School Spirit Awards for 2015 Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Students takes place on Wednesday 14 October at 7.30 in the Assembly Hall. Invitations will be posted out in advance.
Losing the toss Portmarnock had to play with the wind and down the hill against a decent Loreto Beaufort side. With some fine points from Ciara Holland, Claire McGowan, Lauren Delaney and Aoibhe Dillon, PCS went into a 1-2 to 0-7 lead at half time. A strong wind and a hill meant the second half was always going to be be tough. Points from Ciara Holland and Aoibhe Dillon were answered with a goal by Beaufort but Portmarnock got the lead back with a great goal from Ciara Egan. Megan O’Connor was brilliant in the defence and the full back line with Emma Ford in goals denied Loreto many goal chances. With about 10 minutes to go Loreto attacked with pace and got lucky to get a couple goals to take the lead. The game ending 4-8 to 1-10 to Beaufort. This was Portmarnock’s first game in the A division for a few years so they weren’t expected to win but to be as close as they were was brilliant. They now face Colaiste Iosagán next week where they’ll be hoping for a similar performance.
On Thursday 17th October, 3rd Year Students of Animation and Media Literacy along with some Transition Year students, took a trip to see the Irish Oscar-nominated animation Song of the Sea with Ms Tynan and Ms Bradley.
Well done to our Senior Hurling Team who defeated a strong Scoil Íosa team to guarantee a place in the Championship Quarter Final. A last minute goal from Ian Garry sealed the game at 3-16 to 2-16 and man of the match was Tommy Kinnane with an outstanding performance between the sticks.
The U16 Hurlers had a comprehensive victory over Skerries in the Dublin School’s Championship. Fine performances from Josh Hoban, Harry Kealy and Tom Cosgrove ensured progress.
Many of our students that were involved in the opening of “The Den” on Saturday. The den is the first joint Girl Guide Scout Centre In Ireland. The TY girls were involved in getting everything ready for the official opening.