Azeez Opebi celebrates the first of his two goals
Leinster Minor Shield Final
De La Salle College 6-1 Palmerstown Community School
De La Salle U15s romped to the Leinster Minor Shield on Tuesday afternoon, scoring six-goals in a facile victory over Palmerstown Commiunity School in the decider at the MDL Grounds.
Azeez Opebi took most of the plaudits for his first-half brace, however, in what was a very composed and controlled team performance, there was no letting up by any player as the ‘Blaney Road boys scored thrice in either half.
A beautiful effort from ‘skipper Donal Leavy added to Opebi’s earlier strikes as Daragh McKeon’s men took 3-0 lead to the break before Leavy, direct from a corner, made it four shortly after half-time.
Later strikes from Ben Collier and Aaron Finnegan had the Dundalk side six to the good and, while Palmerstown pulled a consolation back before full-time, De La Salle comfortably held on.
McKeon found it hard to decipher what pleased him most in the aftermath, despite the victory itself being the obvious reference point.
Perhaps, though, the most satisfaction will be taken from the fact that all five of the team’s knockout ties, including the final, had to be negotiated away from home.
De La Salle: Callum Mulholland, Cillian Duffy, Leslie Eghage, Cian Mulligan, Conall McCaul, Ben Walsh, Aaron Finnegan, Donal Leavy ©, Keith Dollard, Azeez Opedi, Ben Collier
Subs: Peter Duffy, Chaelam McCrave, Aidan Grant, Óisín Madden, Eoin Cassidy
Management: Daragh McKeown & Declan McGrath
De La Salle pictured having collected their honours