De La Salle pipped by Dun­shaugh­lin in thriller

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Dun­shaugh­lin CC 2-11, De La Salle Col­lege Wick­low 2-10: South Le­in­ster ju­ve­nile foot­ball cham­pi­ons De La Salle Col­lege Wick­low took on their north­ern equiv­a­lents Dun­shaugh­lin from Meath for a place in the Le­in­ster fi­nal.

The game was played in ex­cel­lent con­di­tions in Bless­ing­ton last Wed­nes­day and proved to be a real thriller be­tween two fine well matched teams.

Slightly against the run of play Ross Quinn opened the scor­ing with a De La Salle point in the ninth minute. Dun­shaugh­lin scored four suc­ces­sive points but Si­mon Boucher pulled one back for the Wick­low school.

De La Salle had plenty of chances in the first 20 min­utes but kicked five wides.

As the half was draw­ing to a close Dun­shaugh­lin re­gained the ini­tia­tive scor­ing two fur­ther points but also kicked three wides from good scor­ing po­si­tions as the De La Salle backs put them un­der pres­sure.

In the fi­nal minute of the half a sweep­ing De La Salle at­tack re­sulted in James Ka­vanagh shoot­ing against the cross­bar but the same player gath­ered the ball from the re­bound and scored a de­served goal.

The score at the in­ter­val was De La Salle 1-2, Dun­shaugh­lin 0-6.

If the foot­ball was good in the first-half it was even bet­ter in the sec­ond.

Each side had their pe­riod of as­cen­dancy but the lead was never more than a cou­ple of points.

When Ro­nan Doyle scored a goal in the 12th minute De La Salle led by 2-4 to 0-8.

Two goals in a minute put the Meath men ahead but points by the ever danger­ous Karl Earls brought the side level again.

Dun­shaugh­lin added two points but de­fender and cap­tain Mark O’Sul­li­van nar­rowed the gap to the min­i­mum.

De La Salle fin­ished the stronger but could not get the all im­por­tant equaliser. Near the end sub­sti­tute Aaron Nu­gent was through but his shot was blocked by de­fend­ers.

All credit must go to man­ager Bosco Guinan and the De la Salle team. John Crowe and Gavin Weir were most im­pres­sive in de­fence. Luke Byrne and Conor Ffrench held their own in mid­field.

All the for­wards looked danger­ous in pos­ses­sion with Karls Earls and James Ka­vanagh al­ways threat­en­ing dan­ger.

Scor­ers: James Ka­vanagh 1-4, Karl Earls 0-3, Ro­nan Doyle 1-0, Mark O’Sul­li­van, Ross Quinn, Si­mon Boucher 0-1 each.

De La Salle Col­lege: Garry Brown, John Crowe, Conor Lin­nane, Eoin O’Sul­li­van, Gavin Weir, Mark O’Sul­li­van (capt), Luke Byrne, Conor Ffrench, Si­mon Boucher, James Ka­vanagh, Ross Quinn, Karl Earls, Ro­nan Doyle, An­drew Mur­phy. Subs used: Aaron Nu­gent, Luke Earls, An­drew Doyle.


Scoil Chonglais Balt­in­glass 4-19, Loreto Col­lege Bray 1-6: Scoil Chonglais booked their place in the girls Ju­nior A foot­ball fi­nal with a comfortable win over Loreto Bray in Em­met Park.

Loreto started well with an early Jill Cow­man goal, but at half-time Balt­in­glass led by 3-7 to 1-3. Loreto never gave up but Scoil Chonglais added some fine points in the sec­ond-half to set up a fi­nal meet­ing with Gael­cholaiste na Mara.

Paula Faulkner im­pressed in the Balt­in­glass de­fence. They had a fine mid­field pair­ing in Anna Fitz­patrick and Kelly Keane while Jenny Cush was the star of a well drilled for­ward line.

Laura McCarthy made some fine saves for Loreto. Oth­ers to im­press for the Bray school in­clude Maed­hbh Deeney and Sor­cha Crim­mins.

Scoil Chonglais scor­ers: Jenny Cush 2-4, Anna Fitz­patrick 1-4, Emma Byrne 1-2, Chloe Far­rell 0-3, Kate Win­der, Kelly Keane and Sarah Jane Win­der 0-2 each.

Loreto Col­lege scor­ers: Jill Cow­man 1-1, Sor­cha Crim­mins 0-3, Maed­hbh Deeney 0-2.

Scoil Chonglais: Me­gan Keogh, Orla Dunne, Kate Win­der, Paula Faulkner, Jackie Han­bridge, Anna Fitz­patrick, Kelly Keane, Chloe Far­rell, Emma Byrne, Jenny Cush, Ema Ot­ten. Subs used - Rachel Mur­phy, Sarah Jane Win­der

Loreto Col­lege: Laura McCarthy, Avril Byrne, Fion­nu­ala Stokes, Tara Brady, Alisha Doyle, Maed­hbh Deeney, Sor­cha Crim­mins, Lauren Rowe, Lyn­d­sey O’Neill, Chat­lotte Car­ney. Subs: Luca Vick­ers, Zoe Mul­vaney, Re­becca O’Han­lon Healey.


Avon­dale CC 2-9, Abbey CC 3-3: Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege, the hold­ers, reached the semi-fi­nal of the County Wick­low Se­nior A foot­ball cham­pi­onship with a nar­row win over Abbey Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Glenealy last Mon­day.

Brian Shan­non opened the scor­ing with a shock goal for Abbey but Avon­dale soon set­tled and went ahead.

Abbey fought hard all the way and al­most snatched a late equaliser but Avon­dale were the bet­ter side and de­servedly go on to play De La Salle Col­lege Wick­low in the semi-fi­nal. Pádraig O Toole, Conor McGraynor and John De­vitt did well for Avon­dale while best for Abbey were Seán Jame­son, Wayne Doyle and Alan Hub­bard. Ref­eree was Pat Kelle­her AGB.

Avon­dale CC: Ciaran Franklin, Padraig O’Toole. Padraig Geoghe­gan, Peter Kennedy, Niall Doyle, De­nis Hef­fer­nan, Craig McCoy, James Byrne, Conor McGraynor, Stephen O’Neill, John De­vitt, Ian Hamil­ton, Dean Kir­wan, Mark Sin­nott, Steve Olo­han.

Abbey CC: Shane Doyle, Chris Mur­phy, Sean Jame­son, Peter Carter, Jamie Snell, Wayne Doyle, Alan Hub­bard, Stu­art Mur­phy 1-0, Michael Dick­en­son 0-2, Eric Con­lon, Jody Mer­ri­gan, Dean Leonard, Theo O’Leary, Brian Shan­non, Philip Mur­phy.


St Bren­dan’s Col­lege Bray qual­i­fied for the county Se­nior fi­nal with a 3-9 to 2-6 win over de La Salle Col­lege Wick­low.

They will play Co­laiste Bhride Carnew in the fi­nal.

Mean­while Co­laiste Bhride Ju­nior hurlers went down in the Le­in­ster Vo­ca­tional schools A cham­pi­onship to Co­laiste Ni­amh Cor­mac from Of­faly.

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