Wednesday 24 January 2018

Colaiste Eoin cruise into semi-finals

Colaiste Eoin 2-11 Colaiste Mhuire 0-5

Goals in either half from Conal O Neill and Oisín O Ruairc helped Colaiste Eoin stroll to victory at Silver Park.

O Neill's sublime finish from Colm O Croinin's clever pass handed the gaelscoil a 1-2 to 0-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The hosts dominated from that point on, with O Neill adding two points to efforts from Roibeard Mac Daibhead and Matias Mac Donncha as Colaiste Eoin enjoyed a 1-7 to 0-2 interval advantage.

Colaiste Mhuire narrowed the deficit with scores from Dara Lyons and Shane Dempsey within four minutes of the restart but a succession of wides undermined their challenge.

Three successive points from Dublin minor Daithi O Cathmhaoil preceded O Ruairc's 48th-minute goal for the Stillorgan school.

O Neill had the final word with a fine point as Colaiste Eoin made the last four.

Scorers -- Colaiste Eoin: C O Neill 1-4 (0-1f), D O Cathmhaoil 0-3 (1f), O O Ruairc 1-0, M Mac Donncha, R Mac Daibheid (1 '45') 0-2 each. Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar: S Dempsey 0-3 (1f), D Lyons 0-2 (1f).

Colaiste Eoin -- L O Ceallaigh; C O Fainín, L O Treasaigh, S O Caomhanaigh; J Clintiún, E O Dochartaigh, C O Fearghail; O Breathnach, R Mac Daibheid; R O Meachar, M Mac Donncha, C O Croinin; C O Neill, D O Cathmhaoil, O O Ruairc. Subs: C O Ceallachain for O Meachar (39), F Motherway for O Neill and C O Duibhir for O Fainín (58).

Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar -- A Smith; M Cox, B Flynn, J Ledwith; S Dinnegan, C Quinn, PJ McGuire; D McDermott, D Lyons; L Loughlin, K Daly, D Whelan; C Coroon, S Dempsey, N Harrison. Subs: E Siod for Ledwith and G Flanagan for Cox (h-t), D Keena for Harrison and C Shanley for Whelan (55).

Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare)

Irish Independent

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