Coláiste Bhríde lose out
COLAISTE BHRIDE Carnew’s Senior football team have had a good run in the Leinster Vocational Schools Senior A football championship.
However it came to an end in O’Moore Park Portlaoise on Tuesday of last week when they went down in the final to a fine team from Gallen College Ferbane.
The Carnew school had wind advantage in the first half but failed to capitalise on it. The Offaly team attacked from the start and led by 0-5 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. However, Colaiste Bhride got a possible lifeline when awarded a 20th minute penalty for a foot block. Brendan McCrea drove the ball to the net and the Carnew supporters nearly lifted the roof.
However the Gallen boys raised their game and three minutes later Eoghan Lowry scored a goal. Things got even better for the Offaly side in the 28th minute when midfielder Leon Fox scored another goal for. The score at half-time was Gallen 2-5, Colaiste Bhride 1-1.
The Ferbane school added the first two points of the second half but two pointed frees by Aoidh Doyle gave Carnew some hope.
However they were not to score again until three minutes from full-time while Ferbane added some fine points at regular intervals. Two goals in the last five minutes for Gallen College ended the scoring.
Ferbane were the better team but it was not Carnew’s day. Any mistake was punished by a Ferbane score and a number of wides in the first half did little for their confidence.
All credit to team manager Anthony Holly for bringing them to a Leinster A final and with the success of Colaiste Bhride teams at younger age groups it may not be long until this trophy makes its way to the Wicklow Wexford border area. In the meantime they must regain their confidence and try to retain their county title.
COLAISTE BHRIDE SCORERS: Brendan McCrea 1-2, Aoidh Doyle 0-2, Stephen Murphy 0-1.
TEAM: William Lillis, Stephen Murphy, Michael Lyons, Cillian O’Toole, Niall Dempsey, Martin O’Brien, David Conway, Brendan McCrea, Aoidh Doyle, Dean O’Toole, Conor Levingstone, Michael Rock, Cormac Byrne, John Burke, Cormac Doyle. SUBS Sean Roche for C Byrne, Jonathan Smith for C O’Toole, Joseph Hughes for J Burke.
SENIOR GIRLS B TITLE FOR LORETO BRAY
The county girls Senior football B championship was played as a blitz in Pearse Park, Arklow. Five schools took part with victory going to Loreto College Bray.
The participating schools were Arklow CC, Abbey CC Wicklow, Loreto College Bray, Colaiste Bhride Carnew and East Glendalough School.
East Glendalough, who are coached by county midfielder James Stafford, were making their first appearance in a gaelic games competition in the county and won all their matches in the league section to qualify for the final. The other team to reach the final was Loreto College who defeated Colaiste Bhride by 34 to 3-3.
Abbey CC also had some success while Arklow CC played some good football but lacked scoring power.
East Glendalough played with the wind in the first half of the final and deservedly led at half-time by 1-1 to 0-0. However, Loreto took control in the second half and went on to a 1-4 to 1-1 win.
After the game the trophy was presented to the Loreto College captain Maedhbh Deany.
LORETO COLLEGE: Jill Cowman, Lisa Kennedy, Lauren Kane, Meadhbh Deany, Emily Stephenson, Roisin Stapleton, Danika Goulding, Lindsay O’Neill, Siobhan O’Riordan.
EAST GLENDALOUGH Sarah Armstrong, Aife Kavanagh, Emma Marshall, Aimee Roberts, Niamh McGettigan, Elsabe Sharpe, Joy O’Brien, Kayleigh Crammond, Dylan o’Brien.
BOYS FIRST YEAR FOOTBALL A
Arklow CBS are surprise packets in the first year football. It’s many years since they featured prominently in this competition but their 1-11 to 1-4 quarter-final win over Colaiste Chraobh Abhann in Kilcoole was an impressive team performance.
They now play Colaiste Bhride carnew in the semi-final. The other semi-final is between the holders St Kevin’s CC Dunlavin and Avondale CC.
Colaiste Bhride Carnew, runners-up in the Leinster Vocational School Senior A football championship.