De La Salle pipped by Dunshaughlin in thriller
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.
JUNIOR GIRLS FOOTBALL SEMI-FINAL
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.
BOYS SENIOR A QUARTER-FINAL
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.