Saturday 25 November 2017

Counsel crash to Dubs in provincial U-14 final

GOOD COUNSEL came up short against a superb outfit in Scoil Aodháin in the Leinster Juvenile Schools 'A' football championship final at Kildavin on Thursday last.

The New Ross boys couldn't be faulted for effort but did not match up favourably against a Dublin side which possessed a devastating mixture of athleticism and skill.

The Metropolitan lads mixed agility with power to win big battles in midfield, and especially in their half-forward line, to smother Good Counsel, particularly in the second-half.

The Co. Wexford school started brightly with an opening point from Diarmuid Kehoe after he was fed by Gavin Sheehan.

The impressive Seán Nolan added a second from Darragh Kent's low pass and with it Good Counsel went 0-2 to nil up.

No sooner had Enda O'Donnell notched his side's opener in the eighth minute than they found a way to forge the game's first goal. James Doran impressed throughout for the Dubs, and his lofted effort from 30 metres out flew over James Whelan into the roof of the Good Counsel net.

A nice dummy allowed Nolan to notch his second minor in the 14th minute, and Kehoe doubled up three minutes later to keep the underdogs within touching distance (1-3 to 0-4).

Good Counsel tails were up in the 19th minute when Sheehan and Kehoe combined to set up Oisín Knox for a thumping goal, but the New Ross school's lead lasted just a few minutes as their opponents ran off four points in a row before the interval to be ahead by 1-7 to 1-4 at the swap-over.

Things didn't get any better for Good Counsel as Scoil Aodháin continued on their scoring run as they screeched out to a 2-15 to 1-4 lead courtesy of Jordan Leonard's goal and a string of Keith Campbell points.

The 36-minute scoring hiatus finally ended when Sheehan drilled home a 55th-minute goal and, while Shane Nolan quickly added his third point, there was simply no way back for a Good Counsel side which ended with 14 players after Evin Murphy received his marching orders in the final quarter.

New Ross Standard

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