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Blake trick lifts Palmerstown in 14-goal thriller

St Joseph's Boys........................................6

Palmerstown United....................................8

PANCAKE Saturday at the Noggin. Party time for the kids ... and the spectators at DNG Park.

A waterfall of goals and all the fun of the fair. Thrills, spills and skills aplenty.

Football was invented for days like this. It was the beautiful game at work ... and at play.

The game captured the essence of the small-sided game. Every player was in the thick of the action.

The result didn't matter. The hope is that matches like this 7B spectacular will keep the children playing well into adulthood.

Enjoyment and fulfilment was written all over their faces. Rich applause at the final whistle.

A young referee, Adam Butler, who kept the river flowing.

There was some marvellous tackling and brave goalkeeping. The weather was pleasant. Crisp and dry. The pitch was in good nick.

Both sets of management teams were happy with the efforts of their sides.

"We are delighted," said Jason Curran, who runs Palmerstown with Ryan Doyle.

"We got promoted from 'C' and we knew it was going to be difficult but the boys have done brilliantly." The super Saints were led by 'Captain Fantastic', Cian Davis, whose commitment summed up the spirit of the side.

"This is a wonderful league. It's all about development," said Alan Coyne, who manages Joey's with Peter Davis.

"They are learning so much, and they really enjoy the coaching with Eamon Doyle on Friday nights. We couldn't have asked for anymore from them today. They did so well to come back from being four-down at half-time."

One of the best players on view was the Palmerstown Prince, Warren Curran, who hit four goals. He showed pace and nimble foot-work. The talented Lennon Blake bagged a hat-trick, with Jamie Egan completing the Palmerstown tally.

On target for the hosts were Eadbhard O'Callaghan and Gavin McConville, who scored two each, Callum Perry and Jack Allen.

It's been said many times before, but Saturday deserved another Encore -- Magnificent Sevens All. Roll on next Saturday.

St Joseph's Boys: Callum Perry; Cian Davis, Brandon Austin, Alex Bishop, Stephen McCann, Joe McKeever, Ciaran Boland, Eadbhard O'Callaghan, Jack Allen, Gavin McConville, James Fleming.

Palmerstown United: Billy Walsh; Craig Hawkins, Ryan Young, Adam Finn, Cian Connell, Luke Dunphy, Jamie Egan, Warren Curran, Lennon Blake.

Referee: A Butler