Coláiste Bhríde lose out

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

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