Balbriggan Community College Dublin Futsal Champions, now through to Leinster FinalsNovember 15, 2013 ADMIN 0
On Tuesday last a group of first year students traveled to Corduff Sports Centre in Blanchardstown to compete in a 5-a-side indoor Futsal competition. Balbriggan CC had qualified for the tournament after winning the County Fingal finals a few weeks earlier. As no Fingal qualifier had ever won the Dublin finals in the boys category it was a massive chance for the team to create a bit of local history.
On arrival Balbriggan learned that they were in a group of four teams also including Trinity Comp, ColaisteCois Life and St. Aidans CS. The winner of this group would be through to the final. They were also informed the games would only be six minutes long which was much shorter than the qualifier games. This meant the team would have to be quick out of the blocks. With only one indoor court available for use the team would be afforded plenty of rest between games but were soon in action.
The fixtures paired Balbriggan CC against St. Aidans CS of Tallaght in game 1. The team lined up with Jack Casey and Leo Tang protecting goalkeeper Daniel Forde with the attacking pair of Lido Lotefa and Paul McCarville chasing goals. From the beginning the team clicked with the front two linking well. St. Aidans couldn’t contain these attacks and Balbriggan raced into a 4-0 lead. Lotefa was running the show in the middle and besides setting up McCarville for an impressive hat-trick he also found the net himself. The rolling subs ensured that the team could remain and hungry and so it was the case. An excellent finish from Angel Fidel increased the lead before a powerful Daragh Owens shot couldn’t be saved. A 6-0 win had Balbriggan CC up and running in emphatic fashion. Other teams were taking note.
The second opponent facing Balbriggan was ColaisteCois Life of Lucan. Despite losing their opening game2-0 they proved more of a challenge immediately. They pressed the Balbriggan players much better meaning things weren’t quite as smooth going as game 1. Leo Tang, who’s thunderous shot had found the net many times in the Fingal finals, again ventured forward and was unlucky not to score. However two McCarville goals in quick succession gave Balbriggan a lead and a cushion. The closing stages of the game were to be nervous however as a great lobbed finish managed to beat Forde. Despite this a 2-1 victory was secured.
The last opponent of the group then was Trinity Comp from Ballymun. As they had also won their two games it meant that game 3 was a shootout for a final appearance. Frank Cabraley came into the team for this game and his energy meant Balbriggan conceded very few chances. On the one occasion that they did Forde managed to pull off a great save. The shot looked destined for the top corner until Forde got his fingertips to it. At the other end the forwards pressed hard and tried to create opportunities. In the end it was two powerful accurate shots from Lotefa that won the game 2-0 for Balbriggan.
Local school Riversdale of Corduff was to be the opponent in the final. In their four group games they had registered three wins and a draw. Balbriggan got off to a flying start with early goals from the excellent duo of McCarville and Lotefa. Team captain Tang was unlucky not to increase the lead with shots from the kick ins. With the game still in the balance Casey provided great defensive cover and Forde once again produced a top save. To finish off the game Lotefa nodded a high ball over the Riversdale goalkeeper. Late on Cabraley and Owens were both unlucky not to add to the tally.
As Dublin champions Balbriggan CC now progress to the Leinster finals in Gormanston in a few weeks.