Cowhey inspires San Treasa glory
Cumann na mBunscol
The Allianz Dublin Cumann na mBunscol finals resumed in glorious sunshine at Croke Park yesterday with the action on the pitch mirroring the glorious weather at headquarters.
Over 600 players from 26 schools participated on Day 2 with the courage, commitment and talent evident throughout the day reflecting the inherent promise and potential at schools level within the county.
Star billing was afforded the Corn Herald and both Scoil San Treasa from Mount Merrion and St Colmcille's of Knocklyon did not disappoint with a thrilling decider that ebbed and flowed throughout.
It was Scoil San Treasa that eventually claimed victory on a 3-12 to 2-14 scoreline with Shane Cowhey grabbing a brace of goals to add to valuable scoring contributions from Bill Buckley and Seán Purcell.
That the contest remained delicately poised throughout was down to a hugely committed showing from St Colmcille's as Darragh Malone's four points and a sublime 2-6 from James O'Brien kept the contest in the melting pot over 50 high-quality minutes of hurling.
The day started in compelling fashion as St Pius X GNS claimed the Sciath Bhean Uí Phuirséil following a hard-earned 4-3 to 2-2 victory over Scoil Áine of Raheny.
Orla Ryan delivered a lively cameo for the winners with two pivotal goals and she received valuable support throughout from Lorna Sheehan and Aoife Campbell.
The margin of victory could well have been greater but for a wonderful display of goalkeeping by Scoil Áine's netminder Maria O'Connor, who thrilled the large crowd with a series of exceptional saves.
St Pius X enjoyed double delight as their boys team delivered a vibrant performance when defeating St Fiachra's by 3-15 to 1-11 in the Sciath Marino.
Michael Moore gave a classy showing at centre-back for the winners who were in fine attacking form as they tagged on scores through Matthew O'Reilly, Oisín Horan, Sam Lewis and Kevin Hogan.
That St Fiachra's remained so close for such a long time was down to an inspired showing from their captain Daniel Peel, who accounted for all his team's total. It wasn't all bad news for the Beaumont school however as their girls team narrowly defeated Scoil Lorcáin by 1-4 to 1-3 in the Corn Haughey with Gemma Bugler grabbing a late, decisive goal.
Another player to shine on a hugely entertaining day was Alex O'Meara, who struck 3-8 in helping St Mary's Booterstown get the better of Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcáin in the Corn Dublin Trophies.
The day ended as it has begun with another thrilling conclusion as St Laurence's Baldoyle eked out a 3-8 to 1-13 win over Scoil Mobhi in the Sciath Uí Néill.
Paddy Doyle proved the hero for the winners with a total of 3-6 with his winning goal fit to grace any final and a more than fitting way to complete another enthralling two days of hurling.