Senior Soccer - U19
Wicklow\Wexford League Champions 2016
Leinster Champions League Finalist 2016
A long season began in October with a very disappointing 5-4 defeat to Arklow CBS in the first round of the Leinster Cup (after extra-time). The absence of regular goalkeeper, Ian Kirwan did not help. Arklow went onto win the competition out.
However, we still had the league to look forward to and we recorded emphatic victories over Greystones and Pres Bray on score lines of 4-0 and 7-2 respectively. This sealed our safe passage through to the Wicklow-Wexford semi-final where we beat Enniscorthy Vocational College 11-1. We faced our old adversaries Arklow CBS in the final and after a tight game, we came though after a penalty shoot out. There were very emotional scenes after this game as it was the first game we had played after the death of our regular right back, Jack Harvey. It was a fitting end to the game with Jack's good friend, Podge Murphy slotting home the winning penalty and Ian Kirwan saving two penalties.
It was onto the Leinster section of the competition now and Lucan Community College awaited in the quarter final. They were tough opposition and had recently reached the Leinster cup final. However the lads made it look easy with a 5-1 victory, including a hat trick for David Rohlik.
The semi-final saw Chanel College, Coolock stand in the way but, once again, St. Brendan's came through convincingly on a 4-2 score line. We had now reached the Leinster Final for the first time in 10 years and we were due to play Colaiste Eanna, Rathfarnham who had won the All-Ireland senior cup the previous year. Alas for St. Brendan’s, the dream turned into a nightmare on a wet day in Stepaside in April. Cruising at half-time 2-0 and seemingly in total control, we missed some very scoreable chances to kill the game and to our shock and horror, Colaiste Eanna scored 2 goals in 60 seconds to take the wind out of our sails completely. We did well to hold on for penalties but unfortunately lost out 3-0 in the shoot-out. This was without a shadow of a doubt, a game that we should have won but Colaiste Eanna to their credit, showed their experience and stole it. However the experience will stand to us and St. Brendan's will be back in major finals very shortly and hopefully winning.
The player of the year was the outstanding David Rohlik who scored 15 goals and proved to be a superb striker. Others who played their part were his brother Adam who filled in admirably in goal while Ian was injured, James Hanway, Brandon Feely, Luke Clucas, the inspirational Podge Murphy, Aidan Maguire and Adam O'Brien.
David Meyler (Manager).