His­tory made as Ghlor na Mara claim cup win

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

HIS­TORY was made last week as Coláiste Gh­lór na Mara, Bal­brig­gan won the first foot­ball tro­phy in the four year his­tory of the school.

With per­fect play­ing con­di­tions and a large trav­el­ling sup­port from Bal­brig­gan, the scene was set for what many ex­pected to be a fierce bat­tle against Grange Com­mu­nity Col­lege for the Tom Quin­lan Plate at Par­nells GAA Club , and the game did not dis­ap­point.

The teams had al­ready met in the group stage of the com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier in the year with Grange claim­ing a two point vic­tory in Bal­brig­gan.

Coláiste Gh­lór na Mara opened the scor­ing with the game’s first point but were soon on the back­foot as Grange be­gan to set­tle down and open fire on the Glór na Mara goal, and the boys from Bal­brig­gan can thank the early ex­ploits of goal­keeper Eoin O Raghal­laigh for keep­ing them in the game.

Chris­tian Ó Masún and Ruad­hán Mac Canna were out­stand­ing in de­fence for Glór na Mara and gave their team a solid plat­form to build on for the re­main­der of the first half. Ruairí Mac Gi­olla Chail­lín and Eoin Ó Murchú worked tire­lessly to foil any Grange at­tack.

Céb­han Houshi­dari was im­mense through­out the game and gave as good a wing back per­for­mance as you will see, his en­ergy and de­ter­mi­na­tion won Glór na Mara a lot of pos­ses­sion and he was the main link be­tween de­fence and at­tack. Mikey De Grás and George Ó Car­mada were the two main providers for Glór na Mara’s sharp­shoot­ers, set­ting up scores for Cormac Ó Cear­ráin and Cal­lum Mac­craith who both had their tails up from early.

The shin­ing light for Glór na Mara was how­ever their cap­tain, the out­stand­ing Padraic Mac Eochaidh. Mac Eochaidh’s skill, de­ter­mi­na­tion and supreme fit­ness was too much for Grange. Work­ing as part of a mid­field trio along with John Ó Cleirigh and John Ó Maoinigh, Mac Eochaidh ran at the heart of the Grange de­fence time and time again. He set up scores, he kicked scores, he tack­led, he led. He was ex­cep­tional.

On the stroke of half­time John Ó Cleirigh won a ball wide on the right, un­der huge pres­sure he rode two tack­les and kicked a fan­tas­tic point that sent Glór na Mara in 9 points to the good, 3-10 to 2-4.

But this game was far from over, some­thing clicked with Grange at half­time. Glór na Mara had won ev­ery sin­gle one of their own kick outs in the first half.

Five min­utes in to the sec­ond half this had changed dra­mat­i­cally, and Grange be­gan a fif­teen minute spell that saw them fire in five goals and put them three points up with ten min­utes left. The foot­ball was fast and fe­ro­cious and it seemed that Glór na Mara who had con­trolled the en­tire first half were un­able to cope. Chris­tian Ó Masún and Ruad­hán Mac Canna started to win dirty ball again and set up the dy­namic duo of Céb­hán Houshidri and Pádraig Mac Eochaidh. They be­gan to cre­ate chances and their en­ergy and de­ter­mi­na­tion once again served as an in­spi­ra­tion to oth­ers.

Goalscorer Cormac Mac Cearáin was about to un­leash an­other shot at the grange goal when Cal­lum Mac Craith im­pro­vised bril­liantly at back heeled the ball past the help­less Grange keeper. It was met with a deaf­en­ing roar from the side­line.

Glór na Mara had fought back to lead by three with two min­utes left on the ref­er­ees watch when Mac Craith won a free. This would be the in­sur­ance point, and it could only fall to one man, Maceochaidh. He calmly slot­ted over and put an end to spir­ited Grange team, a whirl­wind sec­ond half and an ex­cel­lent game of foot­ball.

Eoin Ó Raghal­laigh, Ruairí Mac Gi­olla Chail­lín, Ruad­hán Mac Canna, Eoin Ó Murchú, Chris­tian Ó Masún, Céb­hán Houshi­dari, Padraic Maceochaidh (c), John Ó Maoinigh, Mikey De Grás, John Ó Cléirigh, George Ó Car­mada, Cormac Ó Cear­ráin, Cal­lum Mac Craith, Su­jah Lama, Leo Mac Stiofán, Caolán Ó Raghal­laigh, Ryan Mac Gi­olla Pádraig and Cian Ó Ceal­lacháin.

The vic­to­ri­ous team cel­e­brate.

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