Coláiste Eoin on fire

Wick­low play­ers star as Hack­et­stown school claims ti­tle

Bray People - - SPORT - BREN­DAN LAWRENCE at Dr. Cullen Park

COLÁISTE EOIN 4-22 S.C. AIREA­GAIL 0-00 THE stu­dents from the school that strad­dles the Car­low/Wick­low bor­der were in dev­as­tat­ing form in the South Le­in­ster Post Pri­mary Schools Un­der-14 ‘D’ fi­nal in Dr. Cullen Park last Thurs­day morn­ing.

Their Kilkenny op­po­nents of­fered very lit­tle in terms of qual­ity but, as the say­ing goes, you can only beat what’s in front of you and the Coláiste Eoin boys didn’t just beat the Bal­ly­hale lads, they ab­so­lutely dis­man­tled them by play­ing some ex­cel­lent foot­ball.

A score by score match re­port would be a chore to write and read, suf­fice to say that the Hack­et­stown stu­dents were com­pletely dom­i­nant in ev­ery po­si­tion with the ac­tion be­ing dic­tated by the very ef­fec­tive mid­field pair­ing of Eoin Byrne from Ti­na­hely and Ruairi Tomkins from Coolkenno with Tomkins look­ing like a se­ri­ous tal­ent.

Cau­tion should al­ways be ap­plied when writ­ing or speak­ing about young play­ers and the im­pact they may have in years to come given that the road to adult foot­ball is paved with many sideroads and pit­falls and dis­trac­tions but this mid­field pair­ing were a joy to watch at time with Tomkins post­ing some tremen­dous scores.

It should also be noted that Bal­ly­hale’s best man on the day, Ed­mond Fitzpatrick, was posted in the mid­field so they didn’t have it all their own way.

What lit­tle joy in at­tack the Bal­ly­hale lads might have en­joyed was wiped out by the Knockananna duo, Luke Doyle at full-back and Mark O’Ke­effe in the cor­ner with their Clon­more col­league Jor­dan Tal­lon also im­press­ing.

Doyle, for his age, is a fine foot­baller and phys­i­cally dom­i­nant and he charged out from de­fence on umpteen oc­ca­sions with ball in hand and at­tack­ers in his wake.

The all-Clon­more half-back line of Luke Connolly, Cor­mack Connolly, and Rory McGuire were out­stand­ing and but for some for­ays up the field by Bal­ly­hale cen­tre-half for­ward Ad­ham Mas­sood they en­joyed a rel­a­tively threat free day in Dr. Cullen Park.

Mas­sood is a fine ath­lete and his play on the ball sug­gest that he is a tal­ented soc­cer player but Bal­ly­hale might have prof­ited more had he been able to take the ball up quicker and move it on from the hands.

In the half-for­wards Ti­na­hely’s Reid Byrne and Clon­more’s Jake Hickey were in­stru­men­tal in the Coláiste Eoin dom­i­na­tion. Both are quite sim­i­lar in many ways, pacey, very skil­ful, well able to pass and very com­fort­able go­ing for their scores.

They stood ei­ther side of Eoin Byrne from Clon­more who was a very strong and ca­pa­ble player on the day.

In the inside line Knockananna’s Noel Byrne was named at the edge of the square although he roamed for a time be­fore his with­drawal in the sec­ond half. His re­turn of 2-05 was re­flec­tive of his ef­forts and he is a very re­laxed look­ing at­tacker who can cause se­ri­ous prob­lems with the right ball.

He was ably as­sisted by his cor­ner-for­wards, Billy Lawlor from Clon­more and Michael Dwyers’ Andy Fo­ley. Fo­ley is a brave and un­stop­pable force of na­ture and he bagged 1-01 for his trou­ble and im­pressed all the way through.

Coláiste Eoin now go on to face a north Le­in­ster team after Christ­mas and no doubt they will face a much more dif­fi­cult task as they progress in the com­pe­ti­tion.

They will need to sharpen up on dif­fer­ent as­pects of their play as they went through some lulls and poor spells and some of their pass­ing was way­ward but their South Le­in­ster fi­nal win was fully de­served and the Wick­low men in­volved were to the fore and they cer­tainly of­fer great prom­ise to their clubs and pos­si­bly to the county over­all in years to come.

Coláiste Eoin: Seán Tomp­kins (Clon­more), Jor­dan Tal­lon (Clon­more), Luke Doyle (Knockananna), Mark O’Ke­effe (Knockananna), Luke Connolly (Clon­more), Cormac Connolly (Clon­more), Rory McGuire (Clon­more), Eoin Byrne (Ti­na­hely 0-1), Ruairí Tomp­kins (Coolkenno),Reid Byrne (Ti­na­hely), Eoin Byrne (Clon­more), Jake Hickey (Clon­more), Billy Lawlor (Clon­more), Noel Byrne (Knockananna), Andy Fo­ley (Michael Dwyers). Subs: Conor Mooney (Clon­more) for N Byrne; Jake Murphy (Ti­na­hely) for E Byrne; Cooper Sharpe (Clon­more) for A Fo­ley, C Far­rell.

SC Airea­gail, Bal­ly­hale: James Reid; Cian Cullen, Mark McNa­mara, Christo­pher Grace; Reece An­der­son, Paul Hen­nessy, Bran­don Ryan; Ed­mond Fitzpatrick, Casey Cor­co­ran; Cian Dun­gan, Ad­ham Mas­sood, Michael Walsh; Pau­ric De­lahunty, Dy­lan Car­roll, Sean Fitzpatrick.

The Coláiste Eoin team from Hack­et­stown fea­tur­ing play­ers from Wick­low GAA clubs pic­tured after they de­feated S.C. Airea­gail, Bal­ly­hale in the South Le­in­ster fi­nal in Dr. Cullen Park.

Kilkenny’s Pat Hen­der­son presents the trophy to Coláiste Eoin cap­tain Eoin Byrne from Ti­na­hely.

Ti­na­hely’s Reid Byrne in ac­tion for Coláiste Eoin.

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