U16S: COSTELLOE BRACE MAKES IT FIVE FROM FIVE
Paul Costelloe’s brace helped Limerick to maintain their 100 percent start to the Under-16 Premier League as they overcame Summerville Rovers 3-0 at Portland Park on Saturday afternoon.
Limerick, with four wins from four and 25 goals in the bag, started the game well although there were some signs of nerves. Those, though, soon disappeared, in a game that was played in good spirits.
Last year’s league winners Summerville are a strong team who play direct football and would prove a test for most, but it was Limerick who broke the deadlock through Costelloe.
A move involving Seán Madigan and Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen down the left-flank resulted in a cross into the home box and Costelloe – who has started the season in good form – raced across two defenders and latched onto the delivery to power in a fine headed opener.
Summerville pressed for an equaliser but the young Superblues stood firm and they then doubled their advantage early in the second half.
A free-kick on the edge of the box was beautifully curled to the bottom corner of the net by former Summerville player Ger Barry, whose sublime effort was worthy of winning any contest.
Once again, Summerville searched for a way back into the game, but as they did they left space in behind for Limerick to exploit. With the introduction of Dave Sweeney – fresh from a recent injury – Limerick now had pace and power in attack.
The youngster raced to compete for a ball breaking between the home ‘keeper and defender and he got there first. With an open goal 18-yards out, Sweeney unselfishly passed the ball to the incoming Costelloe who fired in to double his tally and make the points safe.
Limerick: Damien Keenan, Junior Echeruwe, Kevin Fitzgerald, Noel Callanan, Seán Madigan, Lee Wall, Jack Crowley, Colm Walsh-O’Loghlen, Brandon Murphy, Ger Barry, Paul Costelloe. Subs: Carl Williams, Jakub Jastrzebski, Cormac Kinahan, Morgan Clancy, Dave Sweeney. Goals: Paul Costelloe (2), Ger Barry.
Report Date: Saturday 20 September 2014