Nolan's lead Borris to victory once again!
Borris 3-1 Grennan
C. Nolan (2), J. Nolan (1)
Borris begin another Leinster Champions League adventure after winning their 3rd League title in a row. That makes it 3 years unbeaten in the league too. Three first half goals were enough to do the job in extremely windy conditions. It was so windy in fact that some of the smaller u15's that were playing beforehand had to be pulled down out of the trees after the game. Borris overcame the conditions as well as the terrible refereeing and some questionable tackles.
Having watched the U15's lose their final on the same pitch with the same referee, the U19's came up with a strategy that the U15's didn't think of. The strategy was mainly based on scoring goals and not letting the other team score. It worked well. Playing with the wind in the first half, Borris scored early. They were awarded a free kick in the exact position that they had devised a free kick routine on Wednesday. Chris Nolan, not available to train on Wednesday as he was at the dentist (who also happened to be a physio), convinced the lads that he should take the shot on considering he had a 50mph wind behind him. So up he stepped and smashed a venomous shot as far into the top corner as it could go. It was going so fast that the opposition keeper only realised he had conceded a goal when he saw Nolan celebrating. Grennan gave it a good go for the next few minutes but Borris held firm. A running battle between Grennan's no. 6 and the whole Borris midfield began at this point. The referee did nothing to keep a lid on things but a second Nolan goal calmed the situation.
A long ball caught the Grennan backline out and Nolan was on hand to lob the ball over the onrushing keeper to make it two nil. Both teams were trying hard as the first half progressed with Jamie 'Headlock' McDonald and Tony 'Matic' Lawlor keeping tabs on a couple of Grennan dangermen. Jack' The Nuisance' Doyle was putting his body on the line as he produced a number of sliding tackles on the astro to win possession. Cathal 'Iceman' Tracey had their star player in his pocket for most of the half. In fact that star player moved into midfield to get away from Tracey. Unfortunately for him, Lawlor and Jon 'Pogba' Nolan were waiting. Borris were really bossing things now without focusing on getting goals. Too much attention was placed on going in hard on the opposition. They did manage a third goal courtesy of the younger Nolan brother as Jon and Rory 'Coutinio' Joyce combined in the box for Nolan to finish calmly past the keeper. Three nil at half time, but it should've been more. The strength of the wind cannot be understated. Once the ball went into the air at all, it was taken by the wind and thrown out over the sideline. Kickouts were especially challenging.
The boys were reminded at half time to stay focused on the fact that this was a game of soccer and not a royal rumble. The only way to win this game was to play good soccer and score goals. C. Nolan did get booked early on in the second half after he was nutzed by their star man, but that was as far as the ill-discipline stretched. Grennan scored a wind assisted free kick of their own on 55 minutes. Wide on the Borris right, the in swinging cross was literially grabbed by the wind and thrown past Thomas 'The Octopus' Dowling in goal. Things could have got nervous then but Borris kept control of the game even though they found it very hard to get out of their own half. Jack 'The Engine' Foley was working his socks off evertime the ball got into the Grennan half and he gave the Borris defence a few minutes break on numerous occasions. Eoin 'Touch' Hosey now had the task of keeping their star man quiet. That only lasted 5 minutes as the Grennan man got no joy whatsoever out of Hosey and moved on. Dara 'Toullio' O' Toole was getting crowded out of it in midfield and had to settle for more of a workman like performance instead of a creative one today.