Ark­low CBS run riot

O’Reilly shines as 33-year gap bridged with fine vic­tory

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ARK­LOW CBS GAEL NA MARA 2-17 2-2

ARK­LOW CBS bridged a 33-year gap since they last lifted a tro­phy in the Wick­low Post-Pri­mary Schools Se­nior foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion when they had a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over their neigh­bours Gael­choláiste na Mara in the fi­nal of the Se­nior ‘B’ com­pe­ti­tion played at Pearse’s Park, Ark­low on Fri­day morn­ing last.

“A wet and windy May fills the barns with corn and hay”, are the words of the old adage learned at school but if the play­ers on Fri­day could have had a fine hour or two for their game, the barns could re­main empty. The wind and rain blew across the pitch mak­ing con­di­tions dif­fi­cult for all.

How­ever, the pitch it­self was in pris­tine con­di­tion.

CBS got off to a great start and had the ball in the net after two min­utes when Quentin O’Reilly’s shot for a point dipped un­der the bar into the cor­ner of the net.

O’Reilly con­tin­ued to be prom­i­nent in this first quar­ter, scor­ing two fur­ther points in ad­di­tion to points from Liam Moore and Jack O’Reilly. Gael­cholaiste mid­fielder An­drew Maher got his side off the mark with a point after ten min­utes but in truth they were fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle.

CBS were con­trol­ling the mid­dle third of the field with their half backs, mid­field­ers and half for­wards very much on top.

O’Reilly was the ‘go to’ man in­side and he added two fur­ther points by 20 min­utes.

Liam Moore pointed his first free from the ground. Adam Cullen lifted Gael Co­laiste spirits for a short pe­riod when he got on the end of a free lofted in from out near the side­line to fist home his side’s first half goal. CBS fin­ished the half with a James Larkin point, a Quentin O’Reilly point from a penalty and, fi­nally, a goal from cen­tre back Ciaran O’Shea when his shot, in­tended for a point, dipped just un­der the bar to leave CBS lead­ing by 2-9 to 1-1 at the break.

The sec­ond half was played out at a lower pace with CBS still in con­trol. Gael­choláiste tried man­fully to get back into the game in the early stages of half. Mid­fielder An­drew Maher, who never fell off in his ef­forts, scored their sec­ond goal.

Their only other point came from cen­tre for­ward Padraig O’Cathain.

When Liam Moore pointed his first of five frees in this half it broke the CBS bar­ren spell for the early min­utes of the half.

The mid­field di­a­mond of Ciaran O’Shea, Peter Hem­pen­stal, Sean Crow­ley and Mark Fitzger­ald con­trolled the game. Fitzger­ald (2) and Quentin O’Reilly scored their re­main­ing points in this half.

The Gael­choláiste full-back line of Matt Burke, David Kealy and Tom Scales had a fine sec­ond half and turned back at­tack after at­tack. Goal­keeper Dean Maol­tu­ileach O’hAodha also had a fine game, sav­ing one ground shot in par­tic­u­lar in a bril­liant fash­ion. Fi­nal score: 2-17 to 2-2. Jim Mur­phy pre­sented the win­ners tro­phy to Ark­low CBS cap­tain Ciaran O’Shea.

Scor­ers - CBS Ark­low: Quentin O’Reilly 1-6, Liam Moore 0-7, Ciaran O’Shea 1-0, Mark Fitzger­ald 0-2, James Larkin 0-1, Jack O’Reilly 0-1.

Gael­choláiste na Mara: An­drew Maher 1-1, Adam Cullen 1-0, Padraig O’Cathain 0-1.

CBS Ark­low: Luke Delaney; Benn Fen­nell, Shane Mel­low, Tadgh O’Cal­laghan; Dy­lan Fur­long, Ciaran O’Shea, Thos Lynch; Peter Hem­pen­stall, Sean Crow­ley; Jack O’Reilly, Mark Fitzger­ald, Liam Moore; Conor Bres­lin, Quentin O’Reilly, James Larkin. Subs: Chris Fur­long, Brian Fen­nell, Luke Cum­mins.

Gael­choláiste na Mara – Dean Maol­tu­ileach O’hAodha; Matt Burke, David Kealy, Tom Scales; Mikey Do­herty, Cian Reynolds, Ryan O’Leary; Josh Mills, An­drew O’Meachar; An­drew Cullen, Padraig O’Cathain, Conor Con­gaile; Frank MacRagh­nall, Eoin Collins, Luke Scan­lon. Subs: Daire Fur­long, Jamie Col­mach O’Ceal­laigh, Luke McGowan.

Ref­eree: Liam Keenan (Jnr) Aughrim.

The Ark­low CBS side with Mar­cus Cos­grove.

The Gael­choláiste na Mara side who lost out to Ark­low CBs in the Se­nior ‘B’ foot­ball fi­nal.

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