Friday 26 May 2017

Poignant victory for Gallen CS

Gallen CS 1-6 Holy Rosary 0-4

Cian Johnson gave an outstanding performance for Gallencs Stock photo: Sportsfile
Cian Johnson gave an outstanding performance for Gallencs Stock photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Just like its hurling counterpart five days previously, last Saturday’s All-Ireland colleges senior ‘B’ football final was tinged with poignancy as Gallen Community School from Ferbane in Offaly claimed glory.

Lifting the Drummond Cup alongside Ryan Heavin was John Corcoran, who’s been unable to feature recently due to a heart condition.

Gallen mentor Georgie Digan explained: “We had Tom Corcoran at midfield and his brother John, a full-back, is struggling with a heart condition at the moment. He hasn’t got the all-clear to play but he went up to lift the cup with Ryan Heavin.

“He missed an All-Ireland final, a Leinster final, a senior final with his own club (Ballycumber) and a minor final in the last six months. It’s heartbreaking stuff for him. Hopefully he’ll get the all-clear, he’s a great lad.”

Cian Johnson was the star of the show for Gallen, landing 1-4 against Holy Rosary, Mountbellew, who finished with 14 wides.

Johnson accounted for all of his side’s first-half total, as the winners led by 1-2 to 0-3 at the break before holding out. Holy Rosary managed just a point in the second half as Gallen prevailed.

Scorers – Gallen CS: C Johnson 1-4, C Lynam & J Clancy 0-1 each. Holy Rosary: B Mannion 0-2 (1 ’45), L Boyle & J Daly (f) 0-1 each

Gallen CS – B Rohan; J Quinn, J Devery, L Gavin; D Nally, R Hynes, J Darcy; T Corcoran, C Brazil; C Owens, J Clancy, R Heavin; C Johnson, N Poland, C Lynam. Reps: K Higgins for Brazil (h-t), R McGuire for Heavin (48), C Mannion for Darcy (60+2)

Holy Rosary – D Murphy; J Gavin, C Fahy, C Murray; L Boyle, A Sommers, J Foley; J Daly, R Griffin; G Donohue, S Miland, K Dowd; C Fahey, R Cunningham, B Mannion. Subs: O O’Reilly for Mannion (45), O Moran for Fahey (52), S Coleman for Dowd (56), S Thomson for O’Reilly (60+2), N Sweeney for Gavin (60+3)

Ref – F Barry (Kildare)

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