ON A cold and wet Arklow town pitch on Wednesday last, C.B.S. New Ross battled hard to reach their first-ever Senior Leinster Cup final, beating Dublin opponents Coláiste de hIde of Tallaght on a 3-2 scoreline.
New Ross took the lead early when John Halligan finished a Seán Duffy near-post corner.
However, the advantage didn't last too long as the Tallaght side came more and more into the game, equalising after some nice football through the middle.
Tallaght began the second-half stronger and tested New Ross 'keeper Danielus Nieus who pulled off a string of saves before being beaten from a close-range effort.
New Ross looked down and out before Eric Banville found Seán Duffy whose strong run ended in the awarding of a penalty, which the young Ross Celtic man duly converted.
The sides were level going into the final ten minutes when New Ross got their second wind and began to pressure the Tallaght defence.
After forcing a couple of corners, C.B.S. got the winner when the ball fell to substitute Daniel O'Connor who finished to set up a nail-biting conclusion.
The defence marshalled by the excellent Ryan Delaney held firm for the five minutes of additional time, and the whistle was welcomed with joy by the C.B.S. students.
A superb team effort in difficult playing positions sees C.B.S. through to the Leinster final where they face St. Killian's from Clonskeagh in Dublin at the Arklow Town pitch on Friday next, January 25.
Let's hope captain Eric Banville and his squad can make history and complete the job!
This progress to the final is a huge boost for the school who are surrounded by a number of very strong soccer clubs in their catchment area.
The town of New Ross itself has always been a hotbed of soccer, with Celtic and Town flying the flag proudly in local league circles.
And of course team captain Banville is a proud Campile United clubman and brother of P.J.