Super final in store
AFTER two exciting semi-finals last week the County Wicklow Senior football A final in the New Year will be between Presentation College Bray and Colaiste Bhride Carnew.
After two exciting semi-finals last week the County Wicklow Senior football A final in the New Year will be between Presentation College Bray and Colaiste Bhride Carnew.
Presentation College had to come from behind to narrowly overcome the holders Colaiste Chill Mhantain while Colaiste Bhride had a more comfortable passage against St Kevin's CC Dunlavin.
Chill Mhantain were the sharper side in the first half in Rathnew on Monday and took the lead early on with a Jordan Pettigrew point.
Presentation Bray fought their way back into the game but were hit by 1-1 from Adam Cox in quick succession in the 10th minute. Things got even worse for the Bray students four minutes later when a defensive misunderstanding led to a Chill Mhantain penalty which Cox struck to the net.
The Bray school came back into the game with a Marc Lennon goal but, at the other end, when Jordan Pettigrew's shot was saved by Adam Hayden the ball came to Terry Healy who added another goal.
The score at half time was Col Chill Mhantain 3-4, Presentation Bray 1-4. Things looked even worse for the Bray school after 8 minutes of the second half when Paul O'Brien was well positioned to send the ball to an empty net.
The game turned completely after this as Chill Mhantain did not score again.
Pointed frees from Gavin Dowling made some inroads into the lead and when Luke Gorman scored a goal after 16 minutes the Pres belief began to grow.
Presentation continued to dominate possession and add the points and in the 26th minute equalised through Bobby Greenan. With extra time looming Pres made one final attack and Michael Boland punched the winning point.
Many of the players on both sides had appeared in the thrilling minor football finals while 5 of the Pres lads had played in the minor hurling final replay the previous day. These included hurling man of the match Peter Conroy and match winner Marc Lennon.
Others to impress on the day included Bobby Greenan, Dylan Terry and Darren Walsh.
Martin Cullen was to the fore for Chill Mhantain, who had other stars in James Manley, Jordan Pettigrew, Stephen Cruise and Adam Cox.
Scorers - Pres: Gavin Dowling 0-4, Marc Lennon and Luke Gorman 1-0 each, Darren Walsh, Michael Boland and Hugh Armstrong 0-2 each, Daire Henderson and Bobby, Greenan 0-1 each.
CCM: Adam Cox 2-2, Terry Healy and Paul O'Brien 1-0 each, Jordan Pettigrew 0-2, Jack Dwyer 0-1
These two teams will have a rematch shortly in the Leinster Schools senior football C championship as they both had wins in that since the county semi final. Presentation defeated Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass while Col Chill Mhantain overcame Col Chraobh Abhann Kilcoole.
The first half of this semi-final in Knockananna was evenly contested. A goal by Jack Kenny in the 13th minute gave Colaiste Bhride an advantage but Dylan Kennedy's goal at the other end in the 24th minute left only a point between the sides.
However a Niall Hughes point and a goal from a penalty by Sean Mulligan in the final minute put Colaiste Bhride ahead by 2-9 to 1-7 at the interval.
Both sides added two points in the first ten minutes of the second half. Dunlavin had a great chance to narrow the gap but Gary Allen's goal attempt from close range was well saved by Bob Fitzgerald.
St Kevin's were not to score again until the last minute as Colaiste Bhride got right on top, scoring points at will. A late Keith Farrell goal sealed victory for the Carnew school.
The winners looked a well drilled side who should make a bold bid for the title this time after heartbreaking defeats in the last two years. In a fine all round team display Joe Gardiner and Padraig Doran caught the eye in defence, Niall Hughes starred in midfield while Sean Mulligan and Brendan Behan impressed in attack.
St Kevin's, who missed the scoring power of Minor star Mikey O Connor, had a fine midfielder in Gary Allen while Eoin Kelly, Louis Caplis and Darren O'Neill were also to the fore.
Scorers: Colaiste Bhride: Niall Hughes 0-8 (all frees), Sean Mulligan 1-4, Brendan Behan 0-3, Keith Farrell and Jack Kenny 1-0 each, John Fleming and Padraig Doran 0-1 each. St Kevins Dunlavin: Gary Allen 0-6 (0-5 frees), Dylan Kennedy 1-2, Shane Barrett and Jack Miley 0-1 each.
Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass qualified for another County Wicklow Schools Senior A football final with an excellent display against Avondale CC in Baltinglass on Thursday.
This was a powerful all round display by the Baltinglass girls who took control from the start and built up a good lead in the first half. Avondale did better in the second half but were well beaten on the day.
Sarah Jane Winder was outstanding in the Scoil Chonglais defence while others to impress include Hannah Dowling, Paula Faulkner and the top scoring duo Megan Keogh and Marie Kealy. Amy Murphy was best for Avondale who had other stars in Laura Clarke, Heather Cullen and Katie Miley.
This was a fine game of football in Laragh with the lead changing hands a number of times.
At half time Avondale led by 3-2 to 1-6. Dominican went ahead by 3-10 to 3-3 but Avondale put in a strong finish.
Kerri Ann Murphy scored a goal but was just wide with a penalty. Sheena Byrne scored a late goal to reduce the margin to a minimum but the Dominican defence held out for a narrow win.
Best for the winners were Niamh O'Brien, Saoirse O'Reilly, Emer McNulty and Niamh McSorley while Kayleigh Carter, Kerri Ann Murphy, Roisin Olohan and Laura Clarke were to the fore for Avondale.
St Marys College Arklow also qualified for the junior semi finals with a good win over Colaiste Chraobh Abhann Kilcoole.