Gael­choláiste na Mara reach fi­nal

Bray People - - SPORT -

Gael­cholaiste na Mara 2-8, Co­laiste Bhride Carnew 2-6: Last year’s run­ner­sup Gael­cholaiste na Mara from Ark­low are through to the girls Ju­nior A foot­ball fi­nal again.

How­ever, they had to with­stand a spir­ited rally from a fine Co­laiste Bhride side in an ex­cel­lent game of foot­ball in Pearse Park on Fri­day.

The home side trailed for much of the first-half but se­cured a nar­row in­ter­val lead of 1-2 to 0-4.

GCM pulled fur­ther ahead in the third quar­ter but the Carnew school came back strongly near the end. Both sides played some skil­ful and en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball but the win­ners de­serve to go through to the fi­nal and will make a bold bid for a first county A ti­tle af­ter Easter.

Best for the win­ners were Aife Ka­vanagh, Erin Mur­phy and Vivi­enne Walsh. Co­laiste Bhride had a fine goal­keeper in Louise O’Neill and were also well served by top scorer Hay­ley Mur­phy as well as the Sul­li­van twins Aoife and Emer.

Gael­cholaiste’s op­po­nents in the fi­nal will be the hold­ers Scoil Chonglais Balt­in­glass or Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann Kil­coole. The lat­ter de­feated Co­laiste Raithin by 5-3 to 2-4 in their quar­ter-fi­nal clash.

HURL­ING

The Wick­low schools ju­ve­nile hurl­ing team bowed out of the Le­in­ster B cham­pi­onship when los­ing out to a good Gorey Com­mu­nity School side on Thurs­day. They will now rue their nar­row de­feat to FCJ Bun­clody.

Wick­low showed a num­ber of changes for this game and held their own in an even first quar­ter. Gorey led by 2-4 to 0-3 at the in­ter­val and went on to dom­i­nate the sec­ond half for a con­vinc­ing win.

Wick­low Schools: Adam Cooney, Bren­dan Hawes, Matt Thomp­son, Keelin Byrne, Seán O’Lough­lin, Anto Byrne, Paddy Mel­lon, Daire Hen­der­son, Hugh McDer­mott, Martin Gil­bert, Seán Hughes, Enda Dempsey, James Cran­ley, James Man­ley, Daniel Nolan. Subs. - Aaron Mur­phy, Jamie Cullen.

OTHER RE­SULTS

Ju­nior A camogie quar­ter-fi­nal: Avon­dale CC beat St. Mary’s Col­lege Ark­low.

Boys First Year Foot­ball A semi-fi­nal: Co­laiste Bhride Carnew 5-14, Scoil Chonglais 1-8.

B quar­ter-fi­nal: St. Bren­dan’s Bray beat Bless­ing­ton CC

FIX­TURES

Se­nior Foot­ball A semi-fi­nals: Fri­day March 26, St. Pa­trick’s GAA Ground (11.30 a.m.), De La Salle Col­lege Wick­low v. Co­laiste Bhride Carnew; Rath­new (4 p.m.), Abbey CC Wick­low v. Avon­dale CC.

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