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Annual RCSI Graduates v Students Soccer Match (Sherlock Cup) Feb 25, 2017

06 March 2017

Annual RCSI Graduates v Students Soccer Match (Sherlock Cup) Feb 25, 2017

The annual Graduates v Students Soccer Match took place on Saturday the 25th February 2017 in Dardistown.

The support from Dr. Mark Rogan and Jim Sherlock is immeasurable, they have consistently encouraged and inspired the students both on and off the pitch.


Jim Sherlock pictured with the teams, Sherlock Cup 2017


Once again, it took a penalty shoot out to separate the graduates and students again this year in the annual Sherlock Cup challenge played in Dardistown last Saturday. The student side look tired after a tough week at the Collingwood cup. They were also missing one or two of their "stars". The grads had the better of the early exchanges. Kinsealy Gp Fran O'Reilly together with pharmacist James McElavney and physio Eugene McDonagh were pulling the strings in midfield .This central midfield threesome controlled the match for large portions. Saif, Martin and Ibrahim knew they were in for a tough game from an early stage! Conor Lavery led the line for the grads but chances were few and far between for either side in a tight first half. Ronan Kearney and David Gough were solid at the heart of the grad's defence. Shortly in to the match, Gough was forced to retire with a knee injury. Full backs Oran Clabby and Eoin Sherlock kept their respective wings quiet. Eoin is a grandson of Jim Sherlock and it was great to have him involved. Eoin has been a long time supporter of RCSI soccer. He was one of the best players on the pitch as his proud grandfather Jim and his Dad Jay looked on. Dermot Nolan and Ayanfe Obilana had solid performances as the wide midfielders for the grads side testing full backs Launcelot McGrath and Richie Maher on many occasions. Mark Rogan played alongside Lavery before dropping into left midfield once David Gough was forced off. Physiotherapist Tomas O'Raighne travelled up from Galway to line out for the grads for his first game of football in ten years- he had an excellent game and looked as sharp as ever. Chances were few and far between in a cagey first half with both teams playing good possession football.

3 generations! Jim,Jayo and Eoin Sherlock with the Sherlock Cup 2017…. 

…..and the same 3 guys at an RCSI game in Dardistown 10 years ago! 

At half time, Ben Melvin who had started in goals for the grads switched with Rogan and the grads began to get some joy down the the students' right flank. The grads squandered several guilt edged opportunities. Fran O' Reilly drew an impressive save from student keeper Brian O'Sullivan but the Shelbourne striker really should have scored. Several more decent chances went a begging before the grads finally broke the deadlock on the hour mark. The students then began to claw their way back into the game. San Kim's fierce low drive on the turn was stopped by Rogan at his near post. A dangerous cross whipped into the grads box by Kieran Armstrong was just cleared by O'Raighne as two students looked destined to score.
The students pushed for an equaliser with Ali and Eoghan Farrell venturing forward for set pieces with the students hoping one of their big men would get on the end of their set piece deliveries. When the equaliser came, it was from such a set piece. A straight free kick from Richie Maher into the grads box was flicked on by Ibrahim Al Ibrahim and with keeper Rogan stranded the ball sailed high into the net.



Left: Eoghan Farrell (Final Med) receives the Sherlock Cup from Jim Sherlock and Dr. Mark Rogan, Right: Ben Melvin receives the President's Award from Soccer Club President, Dr. Mark Rogan

The students almost snatched it at the death when Farrell had a free header from 5 yards which Rogan managed to grasp by diving to his right.
The dreaded penalty shoot-out followed. Eoghan Farrell's "panenka" penalty back-fired as he failed to hit the target. McElvaney, McDonagh and O'Reilly all converted for the grads. Hassan converted in style for the students. O'Raighne blazed high over the bar for the grads before Rogan saved well diving low to his right to save Maher's penalty. That gave the grads a chance to win it but they could not beat Brian O'Sullivan and when Ayanfe then missed for the grads the pendulum had swung in favour of the students. Lanre Balogun smashed the winning penalty to the net to win the students the Sherlcok cup for only the second time in 6 years.

Dinner and drinks followed in the Davenport Hotel and enjoyable night was had by all. A minutes silence was observed in memory of the late Professor Robbie Harrison, a former President of the RCSI soccer club and long-time supporter of soccer at RCSI. Grads from all over the world were in touch to wish the club well on the night. Dr. Mark Rogan presented the President's awards to worthy recipients Ben Melvin and Eoghan Farrell for services to RCSI soccer club. Eoghan also was voted player of the year by his team mates and was presented with the Rogan-Chute cup. Special mention was also given to new RCSI manager, Brian O'Sullivan who has done a wonderful job with the college team this year. Under Brian's guidance RCSI were runners up in the Spillane cup this year. The soccer club gratefully acknowledged the contributions of Emily O'Brien and Corriena Brien in student services for their continued support. The grads reminisced about previous overseas tours with RCSI soccer club long into the night and all agreed that another tour would be a great idea. The Sherlock Cup remains one of the highlights in the RCSI sporting calendar. Many thanks to all who turned up for the match and dinner and especially to Jim and Ellen Sherlock.

-Dr Mark Rogan