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Holy Grail continues to evade St. Aidan's crusaders

Holy Grail continues to evade St. Aidan's crusaders:

St. Aidan's CBS 2
St. David's CBS 3.

Having competed magnificently in both the Umbro Cup and Metropolitan League competitions, St .Aidan's soccer team fell agonizingly short of glory at Home Farm F.C. on Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

Both newcomers to Schools' soccer, St. Aidan's CBS and St. David's CBS played out a thrilling Metropolitan Cup Final the coveted prize a place in the respective school history books as the first to win a trophy.

St. Aidan's last representative team had reached a final way back in 1990 and sadly the same fate lay in wait for Jeff Rafter's team.
Extraordinarily vocal and witty support made for a fantastic atmosphere among both sets of supporters as the teams were led out for Amhrán na bhFiann in brilliant blue sunshine and icy temperatures.
St. Aidan's played in their changed colour of White and Argentina blue but were offered the title of Home side.

A St. David's side, representing their school at soccer for the very first year and comfortably reaching a final while doing so proved tough opposition from the off and seemed to play with more purpose.

Somewhat against the run of play however St Aidan's opened the scoring on 15 minutes.
An Andy Gorman free-kick from the right hand side was headed authoritatively to the back of the net by Captain Jeff Rafter to the sheer delight of the St. Aidan's legions. More of the same was to follow from Captain Fantastic, but not before an error at the back allowed St.David's through for the first of their two fortuitous goals.

From the same position but this time from the left boot of an inspired Adam Mc Mahon,Jeff Rafter powered his second header past the St. David's keeper and all could be forgiven for thinking that as the set pieces were bearing fruit, our luck was in.

All the impetus seemed to be in the handed to Aidan's as the half-time whistle blew.
A Liam Brady text that arrived that morning seemed to resonate more:

"A message for the St Aidan’s soccer team. I want to wish you the best of luck in today’s final. Getting there is an achievement but winning is what's it is all about! You only remember it if you win. Liam Brady"

The fresh second half start that our boys made seemed to drain David's somewhat of their earlier pomp and slick ball retention and had the ball fallen more kindly to Dylan Buckley in the box, a third Aidan's goal would likely have seen us home and hosed.

However, a ball played across the box that on reflection may have been dealt with better, fell kindly to the David's number 9 who gratefully slipped the equalizer home.

It was everyone's privilege to witness the best of Andy Gorman's sorcery as he constantly delighted supporters with his weaving runs and craft. The appreciation from the stands was apparent as they chanted his and Jamie Lennon's name over and over again.
The players could not have asked for more of their adoring peers in playing their part in yesterday's final.

Sadly, the final draft of this season's script was to contain no glittering prize, as the well taken 3rd goal for David's seemed to deliver that killer blow and leave uncut cigars in their canisters for the time being.

Our 6th years will be sorely missed as we re-group. Jeff Rafter showed maturity, class and composure beyond his years in his captain's speech.

Aidan's will wonder how their Top Guns were limited to so few chances and lament the injury of Eric Whelan but many acknowledged the slick ball retention that saw this David's side jump the Aidan's queue for silverware.

Messages arrived at school this morning from our hosts Home Farm, complimenting the marvellous contribution of players and supporters. Mr. Kelly and Mr. Humphreys echo them.

The beauty of sport is that there is always another team, another Andrew Gorman, another Jeff Rafter waiting in the wings for their shot at this elusive prize.
Who would argue that the collective talents of Eric Whelan, Adam Mc Mahon and Jamie Lennon cannot handle this responsibility?
There is a light that never goes out.

Pax et Spes.

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