C.B.S. show grit to reach decider
WEXFORD C.B.S. 3-15 COLAISTE EOIN (HACKETSTOWN) 2-14 WEXFORD C.B.S. qualified for the South Leinster Senior football ' C' final following this narrow four-point extra-time victory over a gallant Coláiste Eoin (Hacketstown) side on Wednesday last in Eire Og's pitch in Carlow.
C.B.S. had to dig deep to earn this victory and it was heartening to see the team display guts and determination to come from behind in normal time, taking a one-point lead at the death but seeing their opponents force extratime with the last kick of the match.
However, the Wexford students re-grouped during extratime to forge ahead and they even managed to keep the Carlow side scoreless during the second period to grind out the victory and seal their place in the South Leinster final.
C.B.S., with all but one of the team available again next year, were slow out of the blocks and suffered as Coláiste Eoin surged ahead with two goals in the opening stages. The Boker boys rallied and came into the game with goals from Ciarán Kirwan and Joe Coleman but they still trailed at half-time by 2-7 to 2-3.
Eoin Roche's pointed frees were instrumental in C.B.S. clawing their way back into the game as the Hacketstown defenders found it difficult to handle the attack and had to resort to fouling in an effort to halt them.
Wing-back Shaun Donohue made a welcome comeback following a lengthy injury and he galloped forward on two occasions to slot over points. Hacketstown were under pressure at this stage and when Ciarán Kirwan found the net, it looked good for C.B.S.
However, a last-minute point from the Carlow school left the score at 3-9 to 2-12 and thus forced extra-time. The Wexford school out-pointed the opposition by four points to two in the first period of extra-time as Eoin Roche (two from play), Nicky Lawlor and Jamie McDonnell put their side in front at the turn-around by 3-13 to 2-14.
The hard work was nearly done at that stage as the Carlow boys wilted and failed to score for the remainder of the game. Eoin Roche and Joe Coleman powered ahead and rounded off the game with points as the C.B.S. boys celebrated a fine victory.
Best for C.B.S., who had good performances from all 15, were Evan Dunbar, hard-working centre-back Liam Barry, Jamie McDonnell, Joe Coleman, Eoin Roche and Ciarán Kirwan. Their final opponents are unknown but will come from the Kildare and Wicklow side of the draw.
Wexford C.B.S: Brad Cohen (St. Martin's); Jason Kearns (Volunteers), Evan Dunbar (St. Martin's), Adam Roche (Clonard); Shaun Donohue (Sarsfields, 0-2), Liam Barry (Sarsfields), Cian Doyle (Sarsfields); Nicky Lawlor (Sarsfields, 0-1), David Tormey (Clonard); Jamie McDonnell (Sarsfields, 0-1), Joe Coleman (St. Martin's, 1-2), Joe Redmond (Shelmaliers); Eoin Roche (Sarsfields 0-9, 6 frees), Seán Stafford (St. Martin's), Ciarán Kirwan (Sarsfields, 2-0). Subs. - Mikey Lawlor (Volunteers) for Lawlor, Conor Fenlon (Glynn-Barntown) for Redmond, also Keith Harpur (Volunteers), Richie Cleary (Clonard), Kenny Rawson (St. Anne's), Gavin Byrne (Clonard), Jack Crean (Sarsfields), Aaron McGuire (Volunteers).