TEN YEARS after beating Gorey Community School in the North Wexford 'B' football championship, F.C.J. Bunclody proved to be a little too good again when taking the South Leinster Juvenile football 'B' championship title in St. Patrick's Park on Monday last.
After the sides played out an entertaining opening half, Bunclody found their stride in the second period to claim the south provincial title.
Initially, Gorey looked to hold all the aces as their superb goal poacher Gracjan Dettlaf latched on to Charlie McGuckin's pass to lash home the first of his four majors.
After Vincent Quinn's shot was blocked by a defender, Eoin Doyle raised the opening white flag, his school's only score that didn't come from Dettlaf's boot.
Bunclody gained a foothold halfway through the period when Brandon Kavanagh floated an inch-perfect shot into the top-left corner of the Gorey goal following points from the wing-forward himself and fellow attacker Eddie Black.
The border school would end with both midfielders and all six starting forwards on the scoresheet but it didn't help them avoid Dettlaf's second goal of the half - this time from the penalty spot (2-2 to 1-2).
A string of points, with Brian Lambert (two) and Gavin Watchorn on the scoresheet, meant that the sides were tied at the interval. That run continued after the break when midfielder Watchorn, as well as Jack Bates, scored, but it was ended when Dettlaf soloed through and blasted to the Bunclody net.
The points kept flowing at the other end for the eventual champions but Gorey had that extra goal threat and proved it when Dettlaf fired home number four after Tiernan Doyle's effort was saved (4-2 to 1-9).
From that point on it was all Bunclody as their opponents failed to score again. John Dunne's penetrating run presented Liam Pender with the chance to fire in his side's second goal, which the centre-forward took, before points by both midfielders and Brian Lambert increased to lead to four (2-12 to 4-2) entering the final quarter.
Watchorn put the contest to bed with a clinching goal in the 51st minute, and points by Rory Stokes and Lambert added further gloss. It allowed F.C.J. captain John Dunne to collect the trophy on behalf of his side who now go in search of the full provincial title.
F. C.J. Bunclody: Jack Ryan; Laurence Dunne, Adam Sadler, Peadar Cowman; Bryan Byrne, Martin O'Connor, Ciarán Murphy; John Dunne (0-1), Gavin Watchorn (13); Brandon Kavanagh (1-2), Liam Pender (1-0), Jack Bates (0-1); Brian Lambert (0-5, 1 free), Eddie Black (01), Rory Stokes (0-1). Subs. - Paddy Dunbar, John Dunne, Michael Kinsella, Barry Hickey, Rory Heffernan, Cillian Redmond, Cian Fitzhenry, Adam Daly, Eddie Dunbar, Tommy Sheppard, Cathal Doyle, Daniel Gethings, Liam McGuill, Jamie Roban, Seán McLoughlin, Val Brooks, Ryan Dobbs, Aaron Townsend, Lee Quigley.
Gorey C.S.: Shane Halpin; Frank Roche, Dylan Kavanagh, Jack Cullen; Michael Molloy, Seamus O'Donnell, Eoin Molloy; Adam Spencer, Eoin Doyle (01); Tiernan Doyle, Adam Flynn, Seán Delaney; Charlie McGuckin, Gracjan Dettlaf (4-1), Vincent Quinlan. Subs. - Colm Davis for E. Doyle, Michael Duke for Quinlan, also Glen Carton, Oisín Condren, Dylan Holohan, Shane Stokes, Brendan Corcoran, Lloyd Stephens, Larry Cullen, Conor Kennedy, David Kennedy, Billy Dunne, James Fleming, Joseph Naughton, Killian Pierce, Lorcan O'Donovan, Cillian O'Donovan, Jacob Freimans, Cian Bealin, Conor McDermott, Derek Woods, Tom Higgins, Tom Cleary.
Referee: James Owens (Kilrush).