Monday 18 December 2017

Horan goal the key for Benildus

(After extra-time)

A Barry Horan goal two minutes from time proved crucial as St Benildus College secured a Dublin Schools senior football and hurling double with an extra-time victory over Maynooth in the football decider at O'Toole Park.

The Kilmacud school had enjoyed a flying start to the game with three points on the trot from Glen Whelan (two) and Shane Cunningham, before full-forward Mark Donnellan opened Maynooth's account with a long-range free.

Switching Donnellan, the current Kildare minor goalkeeper, from the edge of the square to midfield provided the catalyst for a fine recovery by Maynooth and they trailed by a point at the break, 0-4 to 0-3.

Maynooth continued to grow into the game upon the restart, and they had moved into a two-point lead with seven minutes remaining thanks to three points from Donnellan and a fine effort from the impressive James Durcan.

Benildus had been quite wasteful up to this point, but they forced extra-time with points from Horan and Cunningham.

Chances proved to be few and far between in the opening period of additional play, but a fine score by the returning Niall Carr did give the south Dublin side a slender advantage going into the second period.

Donnellan levelled it up with a point straight from the throw-in, but a 1-1 burst from the outstanding Horan pushed Benildus over the line.

SCORERS -- St Benildus: B Horan 1-2, S Cunningham 0-3 (2f), G Whelan 0-2 (0-1f), C Butler, N Carr 0-1 each. Maynooth PP: M Donnellan 0-6 (4f, 1 '45'), J Durcan 0-2, S Mackey 0-1.

ST BENILDUS -- E Roe; D Quinn, A Clabby, C Dolan; S Mulvanny, K McGrath, David Byrne; S Fitzsimmons, Darragh Byrne; B Reilly, C Butler, B Horan; S Cunningham, G Whelan, N Carr. Subs: C Conway for Reilly (15), L Moran for Carr (44), Carr for Conway (61).

MAYNOOTH -- PP D Corcoran; H Faherty, C Egan, C Forde; R Maguire, C O'Donoghue, S Higgins; J Walsh, J Durcan; J Gunn, S Guiney, B Murray; C Canning, M Donnellan, H Breen. Subs: S Mackey for Murray (18), N Flynn for Canning (42), N Delaney for Gunn (51), C Kearney for Breen (58), B Agunsoye for Guiney (67), Breen for Kearney (74).

REF -- D Deasy (Dublin).

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