Coláiste Bhride claim Se­nior ti­tle

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE RE­PLAY of the County Wick­low Post Pri­mary Schools Se­nior foot­ball A cham­pi­onship took place in Aughrim on Wed­nes­day last and once again pro­vided an ex­cit­ing en­counter.

Vic­tory on this oc­ca­sion went to Co­laiste Bhride Carnew, who had been nar­row run­ners up in the past two years. How­ever, they were made fight all the way by a strong Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege team from Bray, with the lead chang­ing hands on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions dur­ing the game.

The Carnew School made a dream start with a first minute goal by Roan Lynch fol­lowed by a pointed free from Sean Mul­li­gan. Pres opened their ac­count with a Cil­lian Byrne point but Keith Far­rell re­stored the four point lead.

There was no score for the next 10 min­utes as play ebbed and flowed. Craig Dowling sent over a point for the Bray school in the 15th minute and a minute later the teams were level as a good run by Marc Len­non was fin­ished to the net by Andy Bart­ley.

The same player added a point to put Pres ahead and then Cathal Martin had a great goal chance but Bob Fitzger­ald in the Co­laiste Bhride goal saved well. From the re­sul­tant clear­ance Roan Lynch was on hand to score an­other Carnew goal and put his side back in front.

Four min­utes later the sides were level again as a fast break from de­fence led to a Craig Dowling goal for Pres. The fi­nal score of the half was an Andy Bart­ley point so Pre­sen­ta­tion led by 2-5 to 2-4 at half time.

How­ever, just be­fore the in­ter­val Pres suf­fered a se­ri­ous blow when their in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Dar­ren Walsh had to re­tire in­jured.

Pres chalked up the first two points of the sec­ond half to go three ahead but in the 8th minute the dan­ger­ous Roan Lynch was taken down at the other end and Sean Mul­li­gan coolly slot­ted the penalty to the cor­ner of the net to bring the sides level once more.

The high field­ing Niall Hughes then added two cru­cial long range points to put Carnew ahead. Craig Dowling pulled one back from a free. John Flem­ing re­stored the two point ad­van­tage and in the 23rd minute Roan Lynch com­pleted a hat trick of goals to ex­tend the lead to five points.

Craig Dowling sent two frees over the bar and Pres bat­tled hard for an equal­is­ing goal but Co­laiste Bhride were not to be de­nied and in the last minute Niall Hughes had the fi­nal say with a great point from the side­line.

Af­ter the game the Cup was pre­sented to the Co­laiste Bhride cap­tain Conor Lam­bert by the Chair­man of Coiste Iarb­hun­scoileanna Brian Breen. There was a high level of in­ten­sity through­out from two well pre­pared teams with some ex­cel­lent spells of foot­ball. In the sec­ond half ref­eree Anthony Nolan is­sued a black card to one player from each side.

This is Co­laiste Bhride's sev­enth win in this com­pe­ti­tion and they are in third place on the roll of hon­our be­hind St Kevin's Dunlavin on 12 and Scoil Chonglais Balt­in­glass on eight. Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege took the ti­tle on two oc­ca­sions and on the ev­i­dence of this per­for­mance an­other win may not be far away.

SCOR­ERS: Co­laiste Bhride : Roan Lynch 3-1, Sean Mul­li­gan 1-2, Niall Hughes 0-3, John Flem­ing and Keith Far­rell 0-1 each. Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege: Craig Dowling 1-5, Andy Bart­ley 1-2, Cil­lian Byrne, Marc Len­non, Daire Hen­der­son 0-1 each.

The Coláiste Bhride Carnew team who won the Wick­low Se­nior Schools fi­nal in Aughrim by beat­ing Pres Bray. Photo: Garry O’Neill.

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