De La Salle 0; Villa 5
The Villa team went into this midweek game as raging-hot favourites against a very young De La Salle but at half-time there was nothing to separate the two outfits.
However, playing with the advantage of a strong breeze in the second half, the boys in the green and white hoops stamped their authority on proceedings and they duly went on to bank all three points.
This current group of Villa players are well used to winning leagues and cups despite their tender age and they will take a lot of stopping once again this season. As stated the De La Salle lads are extremely young and many of them are under eleven, but going on the evidence of this display they will also go on to win many trophies during the coming years. Had they scored during the opening half they could have really upset the favourites, but it was not to be on the day.
Playing with the strong breeze in the opening period the De La Salle side took the game to the visitors from the opening whistle. Eoin Rea made the Villa goalkeeper Kieran Doheny work with a fine shot after seven minutes. Shortly afterwards Tommy McGrath sent over a cross from the right to Luke Walsh but he shot over the crossbar from just inside the penalty area. At the other end the De La Salle goalkeeper did well to keep out a cracking effort from Owen Daly. At this stage the play was moving up and down the pitch at a frantic pace and the Villa defender Lee O’Connor had to tackle Luke Walsh on the edge of the penalty area to keep the deadlock in place. Dylan Kearns was unlucky to see a fierce drive from 20 yards come crashing back off the DLS crossbar on 29 minutes and one minute later Aaron Robinson was just wide of the Villa goal with an angled shot from the right side of the area.
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