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Eoin too hot for Benildusto handle



COLÁISTE EOIN gave a devastating display to claim the Dublin Junior 'A' title in perfect conditions at Belfield yesterday.

They blitzed their neighbours from Stillorgan, St Benildus, in a powerful display of football that combined hard work, good tackling, accurate passing and an eye for goal.

The Benildus boys can't be faulted for their display. They gave it everything, but ultimately they came up against a juggernaut that wasn't going to be stopped.

Fionnán Motherway opened the scoring with an excellent left-footed free from distance after three minutes, and when Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh struck for the first of his three goals four minutes later it became apparent that Eoin meant business.

Ó Maoileannaigh gave Eoin Murphy absolutely no chance with a powerfully hit low shot that flew into the back of the net after Maitiú Mac Nioclás's free had drifted across the area and Oisín Ó Ruairc claimed the ball and fed his centre-half forward who made no mistake.


Ó Ruairc added a point and impressive full-forward Daithí Ó Cathmhaoil scored two before Benildus finally got off the mark thanks to a Sean Corcoran point after good work from Daniel Coen and David Fox.

Fox added a second point after 21 minutes as his side seemed to be getting to grips with their opponents but a Motherway free and Ó Ruairc goal gave Eoin a 2-5 to 0-2 lead at the break.

Good defending had denied them beforehand with Stephen Murtagh brilliantly blocking Dónal Ó Gormlaigh's goalbound effort, but Ó Ruairc was rewarded for his persistence on the stroke of half time.

Ó Cathmhaoil had superbly caught Maitias Mac Donncha's '45' and crashed a rising drive off the bar. Ó Ruairc scrapped for the rebound and his first effort was well saved by Murphy, before he finally scrambled the ball home.

Benildus' heads dropped after they had worked so hard to stay in the game. Corner back Barry Horan had given a brave 30-minute display and they had managed to hold the Coláiste Eoin forwards to the best of their abilities.

But every time the ball went forward the tenacious backs from Eoin were out in front, with full-back Luke Ó Treasaigh and half-backs Colm Ó Cróinin, Emmet Ó Dochartaigh and Cian Ó Ceallacháin immense.

Captain Roibeard Mac Daibhéad and Mac Donncha ran brilliantly from midfield and set up chance after chance for their forwards.

And they began to take them with alarming regularity after the interval with Ó Ruairc getting them on their way and Motherway sending over three frees.

Ó Maoileannaigh struck for two fine goals as the tiring Benildus defenders lost their way.

But they did manage to fashion two goal chances, only to be denied by superb saves from Séamus Ó Dubhghaill denying Shane Cunningham and substitute Conor Birtchfield.

Motherway, Ó Ruairc, Mac Nioclás and Cathal Ó Giolláin completed the scoring for Coláiste Eoin, as Mac Daibhéad lifted the trophy.

They now face Knockbeg College in the Leinster semi-final and on this form will take some stopping.

SCORERS -- Coláiste Eoin: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh 3-1, Fionnán Motherway 0-6 (4f), Oisin Ó Ruairc 1-3, Daithí Ó Cathmhaoil 0-2 (1f), Maitiú Mac Nioclás, Cathal Ó Giolláin 0-1 each.

St Benildus: Sean Corcoran, David Fox 0-1 each.

COLÁISTE EOIN: Séamus Ó Dubhghaill; Colm Ó Fainín, Luke Ó Treasaigh, Conchubhair Ó Duibhir; Colm Ó Cróinín, Emmet Ó Dochartaigh, Cian Ó Ceallacháin; Roibeard Mac Daibhéad, Maitias Mac Donncha; Fionnán Motherway, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Dónal Ó Gormlaigh; Maitiú Mac Nioclás, Daithí Ó Cathmhaoil, Oisín Ó Ruairc. Subs: Daire Ó Meachair for Ó Gormlaigh (52), Cathal Ó Giollán for Ó Ruairc (54), Cillian Ó Súilleabháin for Mac Nioclás (55), Eoghan Ó hIcí for Ó Fainín (57), Cónall Ó Neill for Motherway (57).

ST BENILDUS: Eoin Murphy; Barry Horan, Stephen Murtagh, Paul Fallon; Stephen Mulvaney, Ross McGowan, Alan Kennedy; Conor Conway, David Byrne; David Fox, Shane Cunningham, Daniel McGowan; Daniel Coen, Sean Corcoran, Niall Hanley. Subs: Conor Devins for McGowan (36), Donal Butler for Kennedy (45), Conor Birtchfield for Corcoran (48), Mark Mannion for Mulvaney (53).

REFEREE: Brian O'Shea (St Mark's).