Doyle leads the Counsel charge
GOOD COUNSEL (NEW ROSS) 2-11 DUNDALK COLLEGES 1-8 THE SECOND-HALF accuracy of Darragh Doyle from frees and play powered Good Counsel (New Ross) to victory over the combined Dundalk Colleges in the first round of the Leinster Senior football 'A' championship in Hawkfield, Newbridge, on Wednesday last.
The Gusserane attacker accounted for 1-4 to add to a point before the break as the Barrowsiders overcame the stiff challenge posed by the Wee county crew.
A good start saw Counsel take the early initiative, and midfielder Paudie Barden was the stand-out performer in the early stages as they built up a four-point advantage by the end of the opening quarter.
However, Dundalk then enjoyed a spell of dominance to show that it wouldn't all be plain sailing, hitting four scores on the trot in a devastating two-minute spell. That haul included a goal from centre-forward Josh Arrowsmith and it momentarily rocked the Counsel crew back on their heels.
They didn't take long to get back into the groove though, enjoying a positive finish to the opening half when a brace of points from Barden and a Pádraig Conway free got them back on track.
Counsel asserted their dominance on the re-start with Doyle the main figure as he displayed good accuracy. The other goal for the winners was scored by centre-forward Darragh Joyce whose brother, Kieran, was on Kilkenny's All-Ireland winning Senior hurling team last September.
To cap a wonderful week for the New Ross school, their Juvenile footballers qualified for yet another Leinster final with a 6-4 to 2-2 win over St. Benildus from Kilmacud on Friday last.
Their Seniors will now meet Coláiste Eoin of Stillorgan in the quarter-final on Saturday, February 9, while holders St. Mary's (Edenderry) will meet Athlone C.C. and Marist (Athlone) will take on Knockbeg College.