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East Glendalough dig deep to see off Coláiste Ráithín

Attacking flair complimented by solid determination

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The East Glendalough team after the Wicklow Schools Senior ‘C’ football final with Coláiste Ráithín at Roundwood.

The East Glendalough team after the Wicklow Schools Senior ‘C’ football final with Coláiste Ráithín at Roundwood.

Referee Eddie Leonard presents the trophy to the captain of East Glendalough, James Cardiff.

Referee Eddie Leonard presents the trophy to the captain of East Glendalough, James Cardiff.

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The East Glendalough team after the Wicklow Schools Senior ‘C’ football final with Coláiste Ráithín at Roundwood.

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East Glendalough School held off the rampant second-half comeback of Coláiste Ráithín and being reduced to 13 players to be crowned Senior Boys School Division ‘C’ champions

Whereas the first half was an exhibition of attacking flair, the second demanded the fullest extent of determination and resolve.

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It appeared as if Coláiste Ráithín’s choice to kick into the wind in the first half was going to pay off early, when Luke Robinson Doyle’s first goal of the day came following some bright approach play from the effervescent Fionnain O’Reilly.

O’Reilly turned provider again when he set up Oisin Kelly for a point which put them 1-1 to 0-2 to the good.

EGS, buoyed by tremendous performances from James Cardiff and Oliver Purser, built momentum. Their opening goal, however fortuitous, saw Harry Broxson’s initial effort squirm into the path of Cardiff, who converted with a clever first-time finish into the bottom corner.

Further points from Purser and Cardiff had them in firm control by the time they bagged their second. Harry Broxson was involved again, playing one-two with Oliver Purser, who fired in.

Purser bagged his second and EGS’ third not long thereafter after being found by Zak Hastie’s sideline and burning past his marker.

They should have made it four on the stroke of half-time, when they turned over a Coláiste Ráithín sideline and countered up the left. Broxson found himself in on goal, and squared it to Purser, but he could only hit the crossbar.

Nonetheless, at half-time, EGS led 3-6 to 1-3.

Late in the first half, Coláiste Ráithín introduced Liam O’Brien, and it was he who very nearly kickstarted their revival early in the second with a shot that was cleared off the line.

Ráithín very nearly bulged the net soon after, when Noah Douglas’ high, dropping ball was scuffed across the face of goal by Luke Robinson Doyle. At the back post was Liam O’Brien, who could only do the exact same on the stretch from an unfavourable angle.

Eventually, they got their goal. A Leon O’Sullivan clearance landed into the arms of Douglas who kicked it on to Robinson Doyle. He popped possession off to the onrushing Fionnain O’Reilly, who did the rest with a cool finish.

With the wind at their backs, Coláiste Ráithín were ravenous. The tandem of Piaras Morris and Noah Douglas were starting to get control in the middle third, and Fionnain O’Reilly was getting more and more of the ball. It was his pass that set up Liam O’Brien for another chance, but for his shot to hit the side netting.

Into the final 15 minutes, they got their third. Leo Crabb did brilliantly to turn possession over out on the right. He swiftly shipped it up the line to Doyle, who used all his power to charge inside and put the ball into the back of the net.

With ten minutes to go, the game was tantalisingly poised at 3-8 to 3-3. EGS’ task was made all the more difficult when Ben Patterson was sent off for a second yellow for an off the ball altercation which also saw his Coláiste Ráithín counterpart booked.

EGS knew they needed something big, and they got exactly that. It all came from their own kick-out, which was deflected into the path of James Cardiff just inside the Ráithín half.

The dynamic midfielder charged deeper and deeper into EGS territory and, after appearing to lose the ball momentarily as he bore down on goal, showed the wherewithal to poke his foot out and put the ball into the back of the net.

The quality of EGS was exemplified by their midfield axis. Ronan Gilpin put in a Player of the Match calibre performance defensively, while James Cardiff embodied the attacking talent that got them over the line.

The game saved one last twist, when Liam O’Brien was brought down by Eoin Gavigan. Having already been yellow carded earlier in the half, he was shown his second.

O’Brien stepped up to score the resulting penalty, with Niki Moulders in goal for the closing exchanges, but it was too little, too late.

Leon O’Sullivan was shown a late black card as EGS hung on for the monumental victory.

East Glendalough School: Eoin Gavigan; Luca Spurling, Daragh Ivanoff, Conor Doyle; Robert Cherry, Ben Patterson, Zak Hastie; Ronan Gilpin (0-3), James Cardiff (2-3, 1 45); Donal O’Donoghue, Tadhg Lord (0-1), Tom Flood; Oliver Purser (2-1), Harry Broxson, Niki Moulders. Subs: Brian Medlycott for C. Doyle (40), Peter Schmidt for L. Spurling (45), Eoin Medlycott for R. Cherry (49), Robert Cherry for E. Medlycott (51)

Colaiste Raithin: Leon O’Sullivan; Tom O’Mahony, Ryan Barnes, Cathal Malcolm; Cillian Murphy, Thomas Connolly, Rob Evans; Noah Douglas, Piaras Morris; Leo Crabb, Fionnain O’Relly (1-4, 3f), Patrick O’Connor; Jamie Healy, Luke Robinson Doyle (2-0), Oisin Kelly (0-1). Subs: Liam O’Brien (1-0 pen) for O. Kelly (37), Chris Kelly for J. Healy (59)

Referee: Eddie Leonard (St Patrick’s)


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