Friday 20 January 2017

Poignant victory for Gallen CS

Gallen CS 1-6 Holy Rosary 0-4

Jackie Cahill

Published 04/04/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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