Saturday 16 December 2017

Inspirational Murray helps St Martin's secure first leg of a famous double

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol

The second day of finals produced another series of superb encounters with 15 football deciders completed on a day of many thrills and spills in Croke Park.

St Martin de Porres, Aylesbury won the first of a famous double when claiming the Sciath Matt Griffin as they overcame a brave St Patrick's, Chapelizod by 5-3 to 1-5.

Fionn Murray gave an exceptional performance for the winners and with Hamen Hashemi an obdurate presence in defence, St Martin's sealed their win through goals by John Bosco Ezidinma, Junior Ozhianvuna, Cillian Sallier, Charlie Heffernan and Cian Kelly. St Martin's completed the double with a superb victory over St Aidan's,Tallaght by 3-1 to 2-3 in the Corn Irish Rubies.

Scoil Lorcáin, Baile na Manach gained some consolation for losing their boys' final as they narrowly got the better of Loreto, Rathfarnham by 2-6 to 1-8 when securing the Sciath Austin Finn.

Loreto got off to a flying start with Sarah Maher, Grace O'Connor and Olivia Meagher all excelling, but Scoil Lorcáin eked out the win with Mia Ní Cheallaigh, Laoise Ní Shúilleabháin and Orlaigh Ní Cárthaigh to the fore.

Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcáin produced an exceptional attacking performance when defeating Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille, Bealairmín by 6-13 to 5-3 as they secured the Corn Clanna Gael. Seosamh Ó Muirí was outstanding for the winners, who had eight different scorers, with Zac Ó Donnchú and Adam Ó Murchú converting vital scores for Chluain Dolcáin.

Taobh na Coille were unfortunate not to capitalise on the numerous chances that came their way, but they received some consolation through scores from Cian Ó Cathasaigh and Paraic Mac Lochlainn.

The Sciath Sean Mac an Breithimh was another intriguing contest with Sacred Heart of Jesus, Huntstown prevailing against St Patrick's, Ringsend by 5-3 to 3-4.

Favour Offoma used her pace as she amassed four goals for Sacred Heart, while Megan Delaney, Carissa Okoro, Emily Bowes and Michelle Zaharova made significant contributions for the Huntstown girls.

The day finished amid a glut of scores as St Patrick's, Diswellstown highlighted their forward threat when overcoming a stubborn Sacred Heart, Huntstown outfit to claim the Corn Ó Donnchú.

A dozen players contributed to St Patrick's tally and with Alex Watson controlling affairs, the winners tagged on scores throughout with the likes of Sean Greene, Cian Brannigan and Cian Boyle troubling the umpires at regular intervals.

That the game remained in the balance for so long was down to a brave showing from Sacred Heart with Mohammed Lawal reflecting their potential with an encouraging personal tally of 1-3.

Irish Independent

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