Friday 16 November 2018

Majestic Mynes shines on Croke Park finals day

Gerry Keegan fired 2-5 as holders Kildare returned to the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup at old rivals Meath’s expense
Gerry Keegan fired 2-5 as holders Kildare returned to the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup at old rivals Meath’s expense
Independent Newsdesk

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The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Áth Cliath hurling and camogie finals in Croke Park once again provided a wealth of optimism for followers of the small ball in the capital.

Following the disappointment of Dublin’s loss to Galway last Saturday, 30 schools teams from around the county offered the perfect antidote to the dispiriting events in Tullamore.

The finals started in wonderful fashion as Anna Sullivan inspired St Vincent de Paul Marino in their 3-11 to 2-5 Corn Haughey triumph over a brave St Fiachra’s Beaumont.

The corner-forward was superb throughout, showing unerring accuracy from both frees and open play as she accrued 1-9 and she received more than able support from Mairéad Reynolds, Jenny Gleeson and Megan Lambe. St Fiachra’s were always in contention with Éile Ní Cheallaigh netting twice but they had to settle for second best despite the best efforts of Amy Brady, Áine Burke, Ailbhe Noonan and Claire Finn.

It proved similarly exciting in the Sciath Into as Scoil Lorcáin defeated St Brigid’s Palmerstown by 2-0 to 0-0 with the defensive displays of both sides a joy to behold.

Hannah Ní Nualláin bagged the all-important goals for the Monkstown gaelscoil, who were indebted to Sophie Ní Cheallaigh, Éabha Nic Lochlainn and Eimear Ní Chaoilte.

It proved slightly more free-flowing as St Brigid’s Foxrock excelled in defeating St Mary’s Booterstown by 6-8 to 5-4 to claim the Corn Uí Néill.

Central to their success was the contribution of wing-forward Jordan Mynes, who lit up the afternoon with a superb display from wing-forward.

Mynes hit 4-7 in total and he was abetted by the likes of Hugh Ross, Daragh McCaul, Rian Cahill and Scott Barron to thwart a talented St Mary’s team, for whom Alex O’Meara excelled on the day.

Elsewhere, Louis Ralph struck 4-1 for St Joseph’s Fairview, while Aoibhín Sharkey was in fine form as Lucan Educate Together claimed Corn na Mumhan over Gaelscoil Inse Chór.

Brothers Conn Rock and Fionn Rock drove Belmayne Educate Together to the Corn Oideachas title and Gerard Ryan hit seven points as St John Bosco defeated Scoil Oilibhéir in their enthralling Corn Mhic Phiarais decider.  

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