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U-13 Boys win the South-Down League Final!

Huge congratulation to our U13 boys’ team who won the South-Down U-13 League Final today.

The score was 3-2 with a hat-trick from Jack Newell. Well done, boys!

Kilkeel High School 3-2 St Paul’s High School

Kilkeel travelled to Banbridge to play in the final of the U13 South Down League Final. After some confusion with the pitch, the match was moved to Crystal Park. The boys started the game nervously but on their first venture forward Rhys Teggarty played Jay Forsythe down the right hand side, who crossed for Jack Newell to volley home at the back post. This settled the nerves and after some confusion in the St Paul’s box Jack Newell again popped up to score his second of the game to put Kilkeel two up. St Paul’s seemed to waken up after this and started to apply pressure to the Kilkeel back line. The defence of Jake Annett, Jaxon Hanna, Seth Graham, Noah Haugh and Jonnie Annett defended resolutely with some last-ditch blocks to keep the score at 2-0. Just before the half though, St Paul’s did pull a goal back with a well taken free kick from 25 yards. Half time, 2-1.

Into the second half and St Paul’s continued to have a lot of the ball but couldn’t break through to get the equaliser. Annett in goals was in fine form and pulled off an excellent save with his legs to keep Kilkeel in front. Kilkeel started to get more of the ball as the half went on and gaps started to appear in the St Paul’s defence. Jack Newell, already on two goals, picked the ball up out on the left, beat his man with a great turn and powered into the box to thunder his shot into the roof of the net to complete his hat trick. With 10 minutes remaining, Kilkeel now had a two-goal cushion. St Paul’s did pull a goal back to make it 3-2 but Kilkeel stood firm in the final few minutes to take home the trophy.

A great achievement for the team after having been beaten by the same team in the U12 final last year. Every player gave everything for the team and represented the school with distinction