Saturday 3 December 2016

Ni Chathasaighs lead Stepaside to Croker glory

Daire Walsh

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

Liam Ó Donaile of Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille in action against Jack O'Shea of Scoil Eoin Bosco during the Craobh Chorn Aghais match between Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille and Scoil Eoin Bosco. Photo: Sportsfile
Liam Ó Donaile of Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille in action against Jack O'Shea of Scoil Eoin Bosco during the Craobh Chorn Aghais match between Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille and Scoil Eoin Bosco. Photo: Sportsfile

The big winners on a day of high drama at Croke Park were Gaelscoil Thaobh Na Coille from Stepaside, who secured the Corn Olly Quinlan and Corn Aghais titles.

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With a combined tally of 5-7 from midfielders Roisin and Caoimhe Ní Chathasaigh, the southsiders claimed the Olly Quinlan with a 7-9 to 3-2 win over Scoil Treasa, Firhouse.

They were forced to dig deep in the but Aghais decider against Scoil Eoin Bosco, Navan Road, with the influential Colm Ó Craidhn sealing victory with a late free.

There were a number of high-profile spectators, including Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan, who guided Belgrove BNS, Clontarf to a 2-8 to 1-7 win over Scoil Mhuire, Marino in the Sciath Herald showpiece.

Conor Pownall produced a sublime performance for Scoil Benedict, Ongar in a Sciath Oideachas showdown, but it wasn't enough to deny Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabrach a 7-4 to 4-4 win. Benedict also lost the Sciath Into final, to Gaelscoil na Camoige.

There were a number of outstanding individual displays, but special mention must go to Fionn Bruton and Maitiu Ó Cuagáin, who registered a combined tally of 9-9 in Gaelscoil Naomh Padraig, Leamhcan's Corn Mhic Phiarais victory against Scoil Neasain, Baile Hearman.

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