Sunday 18 March 2018

Walsh seals deal for Good Counsel

Good Counsel 0-12 Dublin North 0-9

Good Counsel's superior attacking power proved decisive in a tight battle as two late points from John Walsh sealed their place in the semi-finals.

Dublin North, playing with the aid of the breeze, trailed 0-7 to 0-5 at the break, despite four frees from Sean Gray.

Cathal Bolger stretched the Wexford school's lead to three, but they squandered a succession of chances, finished up with 13 wides.

Corner-back Padraig Doyle gave them a four-point lead, but three points from the deadly accurate Gray closed the gap to a point.

Good Counsel responded with a brace from John Walsh. In a tense finish, Gray had a chance to level from a 21-metre free, but his effort was blocked.

Scorers – Good Counsel: J Walsh 0-8 (5f), C Bolger 0-3, P Doyle 0-1. Dublin North: S Gray 0-7 (6f), S Ryan, N O'Callaghan 0-1 each.

Good Counsel – J Dunne; D Kehoe, D O'Connor, P Doyle; D Joyce, L Hennessy, P Barden; J Doyle, C Doherty; C Bolger, C Ryan, M Cody; J Walsh, M Redmond, C O'Donoghue. Sub: D Barden for O'Donoghue (38).

Dublin North – J Tracey; J Bellew, S Barrett, P O'Dea; M Kavanagh, E O'Donnell, P Burke; E Smith, C Boland; S Gray, E McHugh, S Ryan; E O Conghaile, N O'Callaghan, AJ Murphy. Sub: P Spellacy for McHugh (52).

Ref – M Flynn (Kilkenny)

Irish Independent

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