Monday 23 October 2017

Good Counsel get ball rolling on finals day to remember

The Holy Trinity NS, Donaghmede, celebrate with the cup after their Cumann na mBunscol victory
The Holy Trinity NS, Donaghmede, celebrate with the cup after their Cumann na mBunscol victory

Cumann na mBunscol

Croke Park hosted a feast of wonderful football as 17 titles were decided in the Allianz Finals Day yesterday, with Our Lady of Good Counsel, Johnstown getting the day off to a splendid start when claiming the Corn Chomhar Linn against a brave St Oliver Plunkett's side.

Jessice Connolly delivered an inspirational display for the winners, driving her side forward at every opportunity in addition to scoring 1-8.

She was well supported by Jessica Kane, Zara Kelly and Eva Gilroy.

St Oliver Plunkett's battled gamely throughout, with Katie O'Sullivan and Kim Feehily a constant threat in attack, but their efforts proved in vain as they succumbed by 1-11 to 3-3 in an absorbing encounter.

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5 November 2013; Adam Djellabi, Clonburris N.S. Clondalkin, Dublin, during the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Adam Djellabi, Clonburris N.S. Clondalkin, Dublin, during the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Seán Sheridan, Clonburris N.S., Clondalkin, Dublin, in action against Conall Ó Tuathail, left, Jack Mac Tiarnáin and Odhrán Mag Gearailt, right, Monkstown, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Luke Lacey-Coakley, Clonburris N.S., Clondalkin, Dublin, in action against Killian Ó Sé, Monkstown, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Peadar MacManáis, right, Scoil Lorcáin Monkstown, Dublin, in action against Harry Kelly, Clonburris N.S. Clondalkin, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Conall Ó Tuathail, Scoil Lorcáin Baile na Manach, Monkstown, Dublin, in action against Jack Nolan, Clonburris N.S. Clondalkin, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; A dejected Darragh Ó Giolláin, Scoil Lorcáin Monkstown, Dublin, at the end of the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Conall Ó Tuathail, Scoil Lorcáin Baile na Manach, Monkstown, Dublin, in action against Jack Nolan, Clonburris N.S. Clondalkin, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Luke Lacey-Coakley, Clonburris N.S., Clondalkin, Dublin, in action against Killian Ó Sé, Monkstown, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Ben Hanley, left, and Conor O'Mara, Clonburris N.S. Clondalkin, Dublin, celebrate victory at the end of the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Clonburris N.S., Clondalkin, Dublin, players celebrate victory at the end of the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Clonburris N.S., Clondalkin, Dublin, players celebrate victory at the end of the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Ryan Aherne, Clonburris N.S., Clondalkin, Dublin, in action against Shane Ó hAodha, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Favour Offoma, Huntstown N.S., Dublin, in action against Mary Spencer, St. Patrick's G.N.S. Ringsend, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Favour Offoma, Huntstown N.S., Dublin, in action against Mary Spencer, St. Patrick's G.N.S. Ringsend, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Favour Offoma, Huntstown N.S., Dublin, in action against Mary Spencer, St. Patrick's G.N.S. Ringsend, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Jamie Fay, St. Pius X B.N.S., Templeogue, Dublin, in action against Tom Malone, left, and Stephen Grogan, Scoil Iosaif Tír an Lúir, Terenure, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Holy Family S.N.S., Swords, Co. Dublin, captain Robyn Lynch, receives the winning trophy from former Dublin footballer Ciaran Whelan after the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Holy Family S.N.S., Swords, Co. Dublin, captain Robyn Lynch lifts the trophy. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; Huntstown N.S., Dublin, captain Favour Offoma lifts the trophy. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; The Huntstown N.S., Dublin, celebrate victory with the trophy and the Sam Maguire Cup. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
5 November 2013; The Huntstown N.S., Dublin, players celebrate with the Sam Maguire Cup after the game. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; St. Mary's B.N.S, Haddington Road, Dublin, players celebrate their side's victory. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; St. Benedict's and St. Mary's Raheny, Co. Dublin, captain Leah O'Reilly celebrates with the cup. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Stephen Negru, St. Mary's B.N.S, Haddington Road, Dublin, clears the ball under pressure from Sean Mooney, Naomh Phadraig, Glencullen, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Sean Mooney, Naomh Phadraig, Glencullen, Co. Dublin, in action against David McKenna, St. Mary's B.N.S, Haddington Road, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Players from St. Mary's B.N.S, Haddington Road, Dublin, guard their goal line during their game against Naomh Phadraig, Glencullen, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Lewis Byrne, Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, in action against Cian Hassett, Terenure College, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Former Dublin footballer David Henry speaks to the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, players before their game against Terenure College, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Rachel Daly, Naomh Phadraig, Glencullen, Co. Dublin, in action against Keane Acosta, St.Mary's B.N.S, Haddington Road, Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Lewis Byrne, Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, in action against Matthew Lynch, Terenure College, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Nikita Corrigan, St. Benedict's and St. Mary's N.S Raheny, Co. Dublin, in action against Sophie Murphy, St. Mary's GNS, Fairview, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; John Reilly, Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, in action during the game against Terenure College, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Paul Kennedy, Terenure College, Co. Dublin, in action against Dylan Fowler, Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Paddy Bridgeman, Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, in action against Luke Byrne, Terenure, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Holy Trinity N.S, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, captain Paddy Bridgeman lifts the cup alongside his team-mates. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Holy Trinity N.S, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, players celebrate with the cup. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Keane Acosta, St. Mary's B.N.S, Haddington Road, Dublin, in action against Ben Mulhall, Naomh Phadraig, Glencullen, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
4 November 2013; Lewis Byrne, Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, Co. Dublin, in action against Daniel Ryan, Terenure, Co. Dublin. Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The Sciath Ó Donnchú final was equally tight with Mark Ó Laimhín's 2-7 proving crucial as Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Leamhcán narrowly defeated St John the Evangelist, Adamstown 4-7 to 4-5.

Dam Ó Duinn and Ryan Ó Moráin were also among the goals for Eiscir Riada, who withstood a brave comeback from Adamstown, for whom Ben Ogieva, Martin Akinsola and Arunas Bandarenka excelled.

There was another Lucan success in the Corn na nGearaltach as St Mary's had too much firepower when seeing off a gallant St Michael's 4-14 to 2-4.

The movement and interplay of the Lucan attack was a joy to behold with Colm Walsh, Matthew Dunne and Robert Moloney combining to devastating effect, benefiting from a steady supply of ball provided by Colm Behan, Sean Casey and Herkus Svighnskas.

St Michael's fought until the final whistle, with Christopher Cosgrave playing a captain's role for his side as he kicked 1-3 of his team's tally, while Tom Widger and David Scaife were others to impress for the Ballsbridge school.

One of the finest individual performances of the day was reserved for the Corn Sean Mac an Breithimh Final as Amy O'Brien inspired St Mary's, Garristown to a 5-8 to 1-3 win over a plucky St Fintan's, Sutton.

O'Brien, who was appearing in her fourth final for the school, hit 3-3 and with Katherine Duffy, Tomi Onasaga, Aoife Connell and Maya Donnelly offering valuable support, the North County Dublin outfit proved too strong for a Fintan's side who had strong displays from Kelly Byrne, Aoife Cribben and Caitlin McConnon.

Another player to give an outstanding display was Gavin Clifford, whose 2-8 was pivotal in Holy Trinity, Donaghmede edging out an excellent Terenure College team by 4-13 to 6-6 to claim the Sciath Chumann na nGael in a contest that reflected the day in its best light.

With former Dublin senior David Henry managing Holy Trinity, Clifford appears to have learned hugely from the Raheny maestro in what was one of the highlights of an exceptional day's entertainment.

Irish Independent

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