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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Schools final set to be a major thriller

Published 12/03/2014|05:44

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The eagerly awaited boys senior football A final between Presentation College Bray and Colaiste Bhride Carnew will take place in Baltinglass this Thursday evening with a 7pm throw in.

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The eagerly awaited boys senior football A final between Presentation College Bray and Colaiste Bhride Carnew will take place in Baltinglass this Thursday evening with a 7pm throw in.

This competition has been running since 1973 and this is the first time the final will be played under floodlights. This is because it is being played earlier in the year than previously.

These have been the top two teams in the county this year.

Presentation College defeated the holders Colaiste Chill Mhantain in the semi-final and went on to repeat that win but with a much bigger margin in the Leinster Senior C championship.

They went on to capture the South Leinster C title but then lost by one point after extra time to eventual provincial winners Ardee CS.

Colaiste Bhride reached the county final with a comfortable win over St Kevin's Dunlavin in Knockananna.

They campaigned in Leinster in the higher B division.

In the first round they were away to Scoil Iosogain Portarlington and led for much of the game but were narrowly beaten in the end. The Portarlington school went all the way to the Leinster final which shows that Colaiste Bhride were one of the best teams in that division.

Colaiiste Bhride were runners up in the Wicklow final for the past two years, losing narrowly on both occasions.

They will be determined to succeed on this occasion and bring the trophy to Carnew for a seventh time.

Presentation College have not appeared in the final since their second consecutive win in 2006 but have become a major force in recent times. They include many of the Bray Emmets Minor team who played in last year's county final.

There are many talented players on both sides. Niall Hughes and Brendan Behan of Colaiste Bhride as well as Marc Lennon and Darren Walsh of Pres featured on the Wicklow Schools team that reached the Leinster A quarter-final so a close contest is expected.

The schools finals in recent years have been very exciting and this game is likely to follow the same pattern.

The girls junior football B was played as a blitz in Bray Emmets on Thursday. The teams involved were from St David's Greystones, Loreto college Bray, Blessington Community College, Avondale community College, East Glendalough and Gaelcholaiste na Mara.

Blessington and Gaelcholaiste na Mara qualified for the final with victory going to the Arklow school by 3-3 to 2-2. Thanks to the Bray Emmets club for the use of their facilities.

The Wicklow schools juvenile hurling team were in action in Arklow on Wednesday.

Their opponents in South Leinster B were FCJ Bunclody. Wicklow started well but Bunclody came back well in the second half to secure a draw. The final score was Wicklow 2-5 Bunclody 0-11.

Previously, Wicklow had gone down narrowly to Enniscorthy CBS while the other teams in their group are Gorey Community School and Borris VS.

The draw for the semi-finals of the boys first year B football championship is St David's Greystones against Colaiste Chill Mhantain and St Brendan's Bray against St Kevin's Dunlavin.

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