Pres. lose out in South Leinster final
Cross and Passion Kilcullen 1-9, Presentation College Bray 0-4: On Monday of last week Pres. Bray beat Avondale CC by 0-12 to 0-7 to reach the South Leinster Schools Senior football C final.
The decider was played in Blessington on Friday in atrocious weather conditions. Their opponents Cross and Passion College Kilcullen had the advantage of a gale force wind in the first-half and started well. The Bray school found it difficult to adapt to the torrential rain, the wind and the cold and soon trailed by four points.
However, after this initial stage Pres came much more into the game. They launched many attacks but found scores difficult to achieve. Even frees that seemed to be crossing the bar would swerve at the last moment and go wide. Their only score for the half was a pointed free by James Molloy.
However the Pres pressure confined Kilcullen to their own half except for occasional breaks and they only added one more point in the firsthalf to lead by 0-5 to 0-1.
Hopes were high at the interval that the trophy would be coming to the Garden County. However, Cross and Passion upped their game in the second-half and scored two early points. Pres battled well and picked off two points to reduce the margin back to four points.
The 15th minute was to prove crucial. After a goalmouth melee the ball ended up in the Pres net to give Kilcullen a vital goal. Immediately following the kick-out a good Pres move led to Niall McCague thundering in on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat.
However his hard shot was saved and from that moment on Kilcullen were on top adding two more points. The only reply from Pres was a point by James Molloy from a free.
When referee Alan Lagrue blew the final whistle the margin was a flattering eight points but there was no doubt that the better side won.
Eoin McHugh and Eoghan Wogan battled hard in defence for Presentation College. Niall McCague had a good game in midfield while corner-forward Oisin Greenan looked dangerous in possession.
Presentation lege: Thomas Ross Murphy, Byrne, Conor O’Donovan, Eoin McHugh, Eoghan Wogan, Brian Maher, Niall McCague, Aaron ColEgan, Sean Shortt, Donal Minogue, Garry Dunne (0-1), Simon Sweeney, John Henderson, James Molloy (0-3), Oisin Greenan.
DUNLAVIN INTO SEMI-FINAL
St Kevin’s CC Dunlavin 4-9, St Kilian’s CS Bray 15: St Kevin’s Community College Dunlavin qualified to play Presentation College Bray in the county Wicklow School Senior A semi-final with a comfortable win over St. Kilian’s at the Fergal Og grounds.
St. Kilian’s did all the early attacking without scoring. When Dunlavin settled they produced some fine football to lead by 2-6 to 1-0 at halftime. Kilian’s tried hard in the second-half but never threatened the Dunlavin lead.
Shane Fisher and Harry Wilson looked good in the St Kevin’s defence while others to impress included Keith Peppard, Jack Slattery and Colm Tutty. Midfielder Chris Byrne was St Kilian’s best player while Danny O’Brien, Alan Pyke and Graham Donnelly also had their moments.
Referee for the game was Seán Doyle.
St. Kevin’s CC: Mark Murphy, Jamie Tutty, Ciarán Thornton, Jason Moore, Harry Wilson, Shane Fisher 0-1, Marcus De Cogan 0-1, Pearse Fennin, Keith Peppard 1-1, Jack Slattery 0-3, Colm Tutty 0-2, Dan Burke, Michael Healy 0-1, Kevin Rouse 2-0, Michael Phelan 1-0. Subs. - Conor Ryan, Joe Bonfield.
St. Kilian’s C.S.: Gavin Lacey, Stephen Hendricks, Bobby Kavanagh, Ryan Nolan, Luke McManus 0-1, Aaron Earls, Cory Bishop, Chris Byrne 0-1, Graham Donnelly 0-1, Cory Flynn, Danny O’Brien 01, Adam Pike, Adam Walsh 0-1, Jake Mulligan, Jason Clancy 1-0.