Soccer Success for Piper’s Hill!

Game 1
CPC Kilcullen (5) Vs Piper’s Hill College (7)
Played Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
Venue Kilcullen

Team – 1. Earl Mosiquera, 2. Cian Kennedy, 4. Filip Maslowski, 5. Dan Rogers 3. Rhey Adam Mejos, 7. Tristan O’Connor, 6. Reuben Maher, 8, Jack Woods-Hughes, 11. Thomas Fennessy, 10, Alex Malone, 9. Charlie Lacey-Webster, Subs: Ryan Locke, James Conway, Caolan O’Toole, Oisin Kelly, Shawn Ugonabo, Brendan Buchanan, Liam Corrigan, Adam Redmond, Conor Quinlan.
Captain- Tristan O’Connor

Piper’s Hill started off the game very well in Kilcullen controlling the first 10 minutes of play. Against the run of play Kilcullen went into an early 1-0 lead. The Piper’s Hill boys did not panic and kept playing and went into a 2-1 lead with goals from Thomas Fennessy and Alex Malone.Piper’s Hill controlled the ball for the rest of the first half and went into the half time break with a 3-1 lead thanks to Thomas Fennessy’s second goal of the day.
Piper’s Hill started off the second half as they had finished the first half dominating possession but after early dominance Kilcullen began to come into the game and were rewarded with a goal for their efforts. Piper’s Hill kept working especially the midfield pairing of Jack Woods-Hughes and Reuben Maher who controlled the game for long periods with Reuben scoring a long range goal to make it 4-2. After some sloppy play from Piper’s Hill, Kilcullen made it 4-4 mid way through the second half.
Piper’s Hill continued to work very hard with Piper’s Hill being rewarded for their perseverance with the pacey Tristan O’Connor and hardworking Charlie Lacey-Webster putting us comfortably into a two goal lead again.Thomas Fennessy completed his hat-trick and scoring for the day with an excellent long range effort with his trusted left boot to round off a man of the match performance.
The defense of Cian, Filip, Dan and Rhey put in a solid performance against a very pacey forward line with goalkeeper Earl Mosiquera making a number of excellent and brave decisions to keep Piper’s Hill in the game at crucial times.
The midfield of Tristan, Jack, Reuben and Thomas performed excellently while wingers Thomas and Tristan tirelessly covering every inch of the field during the game.Jack and Reuben played some excellent football showing a range of skills all good central midfielders should possess.Our attack of Alex and Charlie worked extremely hard all day with Alex very tigerishly in the tackle, Charlie worked selflessly all day and was a pivotal cog in our attack.

Game 2
Piper’s Hill College (0) Vs Ant Athy (1)
Played Monday 29th January 2018
Venue: Piper’s Hill College

Team – 1. Ryan Locke, 2. Cian Kennedy, 4. Filip Maslowski, 5. Dan Rogers 3. Rhey Adam Mejos, 7. Tristan O’Connor, 6. Reuben Maher, 8, Jack Woods-Hughes, 11. Thomas Fennessy, 10, James Conway, 9. Charlie Lacey-Webster, Subs: Alex Malone for James Conway (HT), Conor Quinlan for Charlie Webster-Lacey (50), Caolan O’Toole, Oisin Kelly, Conor Quinlan, Brendan Buchanan, Liam Corrigan, Adam Redmond.
Captain- Jack Woods-Hughes

Having dominated the game for large periods against a much physically bigger and stronger Athy team, the Piper’s Hill College boys were extremely disappointed to have been beaten on the day. After a very tough and evenly contested first half the teams came in level at 0-0 with the Piper’s Hill boys having played against a gale force wind.
For large periods of the second half we dominated proceedings and had the ball in the back of the net on a couple of occasions only for them to be ruled out for offside.In the one of the few attacks Athy composed in the second half they found the break through a well taken free kick from their ace central midfielder.
Piper’s Hill were extremely unlucky on the day to not come away with all 3 points special mention has to go out to Filip Maslowski was a rock in defense in his man of the match display.
Game 3
Piper’s Hill College (4) Vs Naas CBS (3)
Played Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Venue: Piper’s Hill College

Team – 1. Ryan Locke, 2. Cian Kennedy, 4. Filip Maslowski, 5. Dan Rogers 3. Rhey Adam Mejos, 7. Tristan O’Connor, 6. Reuben Maher, 8, Jack Woods-Hughes, 11. Thomas Fennessy, 10, Alex Malone, 9. Charlie Lacey-Webster, Subs: Conor Quinlan for Charlie Webster-Lacey (50), James Conway, Caolan O’Toole, Oisin Kelly, Conor Quinlan, Brendan Buchanan, Liam Corrigan, Sean Ugonobo, Earl Mosiquera, Craig Breen, Tuam Keary.
Captain- Jack Woods-Hughes

Having experienced a very disappointing loss to Athy in the previous game, the Piper’s Hill boys went into the final group game versus near town rivals CBS Naas knowing that only a win would keep us in the competition. With this knowledge the Piper’s Hill boys were extremely determined to right their previous wrongs in this derby match to top our group.
Naas CBS travelled into the game knowing they were safe of their place in the knockout stages of the competition but also knew they had the opportunity to knock Piper’s Hill out which set our game up to be a fierce derby match.
Piper’s Hill started off the game much stronger than our counterparts in the opening 10 minutes and we were rewarded for our hard work with a well taken goal from striker Charlie Lacey-Webster after being played in with a fantastic through ball from midfield.Piper’s Hill settled into the rhythm of the game much faster than our opponents.
17 minutes into the game Naas CBS signalled their intent that a battle was to ensue when they drew level with a well taken opportunity from their striker to make the game 1-1. 2 minutes later disaster struck again as a mix up in the defense from a long ball allowed the Naas CBS striker to slip in for an extremely tidy finish to the net which goalkeeper Ryan Locke had no chance of saving.
Piper’s Hill never panicked and showed great composure from the restart, central midfielder Reuben Maher played a precision diagonal ball over the Naas CBS left back to on rushing Tristan O’Connor who not breaking stride controlled the ball and released a shot which the Naas CBS goalkeeper could only parry into the path of Alex Malone who made no mistake in confidently finished the ball to the net to leave it all square at 2-2 after 20 minutes of play.
From here Piper’s Hill began to exert their dominance on the game with centre half Filip Maslowski leading from the front, our midfield partnership of Reuben Maher and Jack Woods-Hughes took control of the midfield battle and began to showcase their physical and footballing skills, Jack and Reuben were also aided by the ever industrious Alex Malone who insured we took full control of the midfield through hard work and intricate interplay with the boys.
The midfield platform was an extreme success for our attacks due to the work rate of the workhorse like wingers Tristan O’Connor and Thomas Fennessy. Thomas had the final say of the first half as he drifted into a more central position after a sustained period of pressure. Thomas received the ball onto his more favoured left foot and with dancing feet quickly shifted the ball onto his right foot where Thomas drove the ball into the top right hand corner of the Naas CBS net to leave the game 3-2 in favour of Piper’s Hill at half time.
The second half began exactly where the first half left off with each ball being fiercely contested from both sides as if their lives depended on it. For large periods of the second half both teams were very much evenly matched and cancelled each team’s attacks out with ease.
In the 40th minute of play the Naas CBS defense sent a long hopeful ball into attack which caught our defense out. The Naas CBS made no mistake in finishing to the back of the net to tie this heart stopping game up for the third time.
For the next number of minutes both teams dug extremely deep to find the winner with players and management on both sides also becoming more vocal as the final whistle approached.With Tristan O’Connor now playing down the middle as a striker and Conor Quinlan occupying the right side of midfield having entered the fray for the excellent Charlie Lacey-Webster who ran himself into the ground.
Thomas Fennessy for the final 10 minutes grew into the game more and more when we needed players to stand up and be leaders with some lung bursting runs.
It was one of these lung bursting runs in the 58 minute that led to the defining moment in the game. Thomas taking on 2 Naas CBS defenders down the left side of midfield somehow managed to work the ball across to Tristan O’Connor who quickly moved the ball out of his feet while opening his body to shoot for goal as two Naas CBS players desperately lunged to block his effort, Tristan skipped past both players into space where Tristan unleashed a powerful shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net away from the Naas CBS clutches to give Piper’s Hill the lead.
For the remaining number of minutes the Pipers Hill boys defended admirably and held out for the hard earned 4-3 victory to progress to the semi-finals.
There were a number of great performances through from the Piper’s Hills players with goalkeeper Ryan Locke very safe throughout the game. Our defense was very solid against the best attacking outfit we have met so far with Cian settling into the game well after 15 minutes, Filip and Dan remained solid in the centre attacking any ball that came their way, Rhey showed his technical skills in the second half with great play down the left hand side.
Our midfield partnership of Jack and Reuben were once again the driving force in the engine room showing the understanding and friendship they have with an all action performance. Our wingers of Tristan and Thomas Fennessy proved to be the match winners once again as they have both developed the ability to provide us with important goals at important times. In attack Alex Malone showed us once again his ability to control the tempo of the game while also never shying away from his defensive duties. Charlie Lacey-Webster once again showed the importance of having a pivotal point in attack and his ability hold possession and bring the players around him into the game while so earning valuable territory. Conor Quinlan also worked tirelessly when introduced into the fray.
Pipers Hill College now look forward to facing Patrician College New Bridge in the semi-finals!