2000-11-11 / Sports

SFDS Defeats St. Sebastians 2-0

SFDS Defeats St. Sebastians 2-0

Faced with possible elimination, the Saint Francis DeSales third grade boys rocketed into second place and a playoff birth with an unbelievable 2-0 victory over Saint Sebastian of Woodside.

Set up in part by the outstanding game played the week before by SFDS 1, (who fought Saint Sebastian to a 4-4 tie), the playoff race was so close going into the final game that the entire season would hinge on whether or not SFDS 2 could come away with two points against the Eagles.

As everyone thought it would be, the match was a stalemate throughout the first half. Patrick Memi was a brick wall as the new defensive alignment of Michael Carnacchio and Michael Mangano at fullback and the double sweeper combo of James McCool and Eddie Watt held the usually potent Saint Sebastian attack to just two shots on goal.  

Not without their offensive chances in the first, SFDS had Eddie Warren,
Vincent Esposito and Johnny Duggan storming the net time after time, only to be denied by the Eagles keeper.

Ryan Laurain, Brendan Dillon and Conor Mahoney once again provided stability in the middle constantly breaking up plays and sending the ball back down into the Eagles end of the field.  

With time running out on the Saint Francis season, Coach Ed Watt decided it was time to "let the dogs out," and sent "The Michael's" up front to add to the pressure. Kevin Gilmartin who played an outstanding first half would now become a defensive dynamo, dropping back with Vincent Esposito to lock up the SFDS goal. 

It didn't take long before Coach Watt's strategy would pay off as Brian King, who was outstanding on the wing in this match, fed Michael Mangano from the right corner with a pass he would left foot pass the Sebastian keeper putting Saint Francis up 1-0.

Sensing the opportunity, the boys in blue turned up the heat again. Bombarding the Eagles net with shots that were tenacious, but the Eagles held their ground until Brian King capping a superb performance put it where no one could get it. Off a pass from Johnny Duggan he put one high in the net just under the crossbar to give Saint Francis an insurance goal it would turn out they would never need.

As the final whistle sounded, the Saint Francis boys celebrated the victory over their nemesis from Woodside in what was probably the best played match of their short careers.

Hopefully, the celebration will not be short lived as Saint Francis must face the Eagles again in the playoff match between the second and third place teams.

The playoff match between Saint Francis 2 and Saint Sebastian will be
Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 at Roxbury. Come out and cheer.


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