b'100Junior A Unfortunately, we went 2-0 down and left ourselvesJunior B The season looked to be quitea big task, the boys battled hard getting it back to 2-1This season was a great experience for the boys on the promising with many of the Leaguebut that was how the game ended. We now faced asquad. For us coaches its a very positive development winning sides of the previous two yearsLeague play-off with Newpark who we finished levelto be fielding two teams at this level. The boys attitude and a number of Leinster representativeson points with two days later. Although a little tired,and enthusiasm at training made them a pleasure to making up the squad. The team would bethe boys dug deep and put in one of their strongestcoach. Training along with the A squad made for some captained by Henry Thompson with Bryan Lydonperformances winning 4-0, showing how far theydhealthy competition with many players aiming to push as vice. Ultimately the season would throw up somecome since the 2-2 draw in November.up into the A team.Although numbers were always challenges along the way.The following Monday we travelled over to St Andrewshigh at training, for some reason or other we found A friendly away to Wesley would be the first game offor our League semi-final feeling somewhat confidentourselves with the bare minimum to field a team.the season, ending in a 3-0 defeat. It was not until mid- of our chances. Very early on in the game we knew itI want to thank all the minor boys who stepped inOctober that the lads would play their second matchwould be an uphill battle. We seemed slow all aroundand helped the team out during those times. hosting Bangor. It is always nice to come up againstthe pitch and just couldnt get going leaving us 4-0The start of the season was a rocky one with a few northern teams as they provide a different challenge down at half-time. We refocused at the break lookingdefeats. As the season progressed so did the team for to what the boys would normally play against. to salvage some pride and see what we could take A clinical team performance was put in as we from the game going into the cup in a few weeks.the better. The effort at training was paying off and the ran out 4-0 winners.Credit to the lads as the 2nd half finished 1-1 and weboys started connecting and playing as a collective. probably could have had a couple more goals. WeWith Adam Gardiner in net blocking all shots at goal Unfortunately, the boys had to wait until latedrew Wesley away in the cup; similar to St Andrews, the team were working together to minimise the November to open the League campaign. Although awe headed into the game quietly confident in ouroppositions goal scoring opportunities. Robert Duggan good chunk of the squad was getting match practiceability and looking to cause an upset. Frustratinglyand Michael Keane were leaders in this defence, with various other squads, it wasnt ideal preparation.similar to the Andrews game, we decided to notworking hard during every game. This made it easierA trip to Blackrock was first on the agenda to playstart the game whatsoever. 3-0 down after just sevento apply the teams efforts to the attack. In midfield Newpark. A 2-2 draw played in monsoon conditions,minutes, finishing 5-0 at the break. The lads knew theyIvan Kelly showed great skill getting through the we were disappointed not to come away with the win.were much better than this and from the start of theopposition to create goal scoring chances. UpfrontFollowing the draw, we ground out two wins against St2nd half looked like a completely new team. A hat trickthe forward line was working hard to convert our Andrews B and Mt Temple, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.from Rex and some fantastic team play almost causedchances. This led to a change in results. Some good Everything was slowly coming together and the boysa seismic comeback. It left myself and Sean scratchingperformances against St Columbas and Wesley had started to really gel as a group.our heads at the end of the game wondering why cantCollege almost gave the team their first wins of the Into the New Year now and the business end of thethis team show up for two halves?season but despite their hard work both gamesseason. As is the nature of this time of year we wereLooking forward to next season I hope that the boysended in a draw.playing catch up on some outstanding League games.can take from what has happened over the season,The season ended prematurely denying the boys Two games in two days was up next, with manyespecially towards the end and learn from it. There isthe chance to put everything they had worked on different permutations depending on our results. Thean incredible amount of talent in the school and itsand converting it into a winning result. Hopefully all first hurdle was overcome with relative ease, a 5-0 winslowly coming together. I look forward to seeing whatthey have learnt throughout the year will bring them against East Glendalough. Up next was High Schoolthey can achieve.success next season. which we went into knowing a win would mean we would top the group.Adam Clayton Kim Baker'