History made as Ghlor na Mara claim cup win
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.