Pres. lose out in South Le­in­ster fi­nal

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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