O'Connor puts Mel's to sword
An excellent performance from Irish soccer international Kevin O'Connor helped St Peter's College into the Leinster Colleges SF quarter-finals after a battling success over St Mel's at Stradbally.
Wexford school St Peter's looked set to squeak through with a one-point victory, but a fabulous long-range strike at the death from St Mel's lynchpin Larry Moran forced extra-time.
Battling against the wind in the first half, Longford's St Mel's found it difficult to gain any foothold in this contest and by half-time they trailed by three points. Moran found the net after a goalmouth scramble and Mel's grabbed two more goals in the early stages of the second half, but St Peter's refused to be pushed aside.
In extra-time they finally put their stubborn rivals to the sword thanks a brace of points from Donal Shanley and a late goal from O'Connor.
Scorers – St Peter's: K O'Connor 2-10 (5f), D Shanley 0-2 (1 '45'), C Deveaux, J Cartly 0-1 each St Mel's: L Moran 1-4 (2f), K Farrell 0-3 (3f), K Pliszczynski, P Kiernan 1-0 each
St Peter's – D Owens; J Rossiter, S Donohue, T Hennessey; G Staples, E Nolan, N Rossiter; P Foley, C Deveaux; B Eviston, J Carthy, J Pettit; K O'Connor, A Butler, D Shanley. Sub: J Fairman for J Pettit (42)
St Mel's – D McGoey; D Reynolds, A Duffy, N Keenan; J Lynch, F Keenan, D Cox; K Farrell, R Sweeney; K Pliszczynski, A Sorohan, R Duffy; L Moran, P Kiernan, N Kelly. Subs: S Tully for R Duffy (37), L Hughes for Pleszcynski (50), S Kelly for Kelly (53), S McCormack for Cox (65), N Kelly for Hughes (70), N Conroy for McCormack (77), K Leavy for Sweeney (78)