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Casey brace keeps Chanel on track

SEMI-FINALISTS last year, Chanel College have already laid down a huge Leinster Senior Cup marker as this season's first round gets motoring.

The Coolock secondary school came from a goal down on Tuesday to beat north-Dublin rivals and 2011 competition winners Malahide Community School.

Second-half substitute Sean Casey was the hero, grabbing a late brace to turn Malahide's long-standing 1-0 lead upside down in a 2-1 victory.

Goalkeeper Lee Doyle was also in impressive form on the day and the duo are part of a large group of youngsters who will be lead by veteran's from last year's campaign Adam Whelan and Bobby O'Reilly.

Chanel were beaten 1-0 by eventual winners Athlone College in last year's final-four clash and the holders kick-off their defence against Strokestown's Scoíl Mhuire.

Athlone's penalty-shootout victory in the final denied semi-finalists 12 months earlier St Joseph's CBS, Fairview and with only central midfielder Thomas Murphy remaining from their successful two-year cycle, the Dubliners are starting fresh this year.

Youngsters Daryl Conroy, Craig English and Ian Maher were on target in their first-round win over St Vincent's Secondary School.

The fourth semi-finalist last year, St Paul's College, Raheny, face a difficult start against St Declan's College, Cabra, while the clash of 2012 winners St Benildus College and Drimnagh Castle is a mouthwatering one.

Runners-up two years ago, Clonkeen College are always one to watch and Coláiste éanna, Rathfarnham stand in their way, before the winner goes on to face either Oatlands College or St Aidan's CS, Tallaght.