Leinster Schools Soccer Final

Super 'De La' get their 'Palms on the crown

De La Salle romp to Leinster Minor Shield success

Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly



Super 'De La' get their 'Palms on the crown

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