PATRICIANS Newbridge crashed out of the Leinster Schools SF ‘A’ Championship on Wednesday last, going under to last season’s beaten finalists, Coláiste Eoin of Stillorgan, at the magnificent Bray Emmets ground, writes Tommy Callaghan.
Leinster Colleges Senior A Football Championship Round 2
Colaiste Eoin: 1-15
Newbridge PBS: 0-8
Coláiste Eoin were somewhat unlucky against St Mary’s of Edenderry in that Leinster final and while they have lost the majority of that team for this campaign they still proved far superior for a Patrician side that were on the back foot for most of the game.
Granted they never gave up and in the opening half hit a bit of a purple patch to get back to within two points of their opponents but overall they had no answer to the superior fitness, sharper and clever side who, on this display, could go well in this season’s campaign.
The Patricians were under pressure from the word go on this excellent all weather surface and with the Stillorgan boys completely dominant around the middle they (Newbridge) failed to get any decent ball into their forward six who at times and on limited supply, did look dangerous,
With the snow capped mountains in the back ground Coláiste Eoin set about their business from the start opening up a four point lead after ten minutes with three from the impressive Con Callaghan and one from full forward Oisin O’Rourke.
Patricians finally opened their account through Ben McCormack before TJ Carroll made a fine save to deny Colm Cronin. From the resultant 45 up stepped Coláiste Eoin keeper, Seán Brennan who knocked over the first of three 45s (plus a 45 metre free) as the Dublin boys dominated all sectors.
Callaghan extended that lead with a fine left footed free before Patricians had their best period hitting three points on the trot from Peter Howard, Ben McCormack and Cian McConnell. Brennan got the second of his 45s in the 32nd minute to leave the half time score reading Coláiste Eoin 0-7 Patricians 0-4.
On the resumption it was all one way traffic and two points from Con Callaghan left four between them before a fine move involving Callaghan and full forward Oisin O’Rourke ended with the latter giving TJ Carroll no chance in the Patricians goal after just 34 minutes.
Ben McCormack got one back before Coláiste Eoin added another two and while McCormack was again on target with a free on 41 minutes; three points from the Stillorgan boys inside three minutes ensured there was no way back for the Newbridge lads.
The teams shared the last four points to leave the final score reading Coláiste Eoin 1-15 Patricians Newbridge 0-8.
The winners had some excellent footballers no more so than their two midfielders Colm Cronin a member of the Dublin minor hurling team and Ryan McBride; Con Callaghan looked a bit special while Killian Shannon also shone well.
For the Patricians Alan Scully caught the eye as did Diarmuid Hartley; Conor Hartley worked his socks off while Ben McCormack looks a talented footballer and full forward Peter Howard did well with a very limited supply.
Coláiste Eoin, Con Callaghan 0-5 (3 frees), Oisin O’Rourke 1-2, Sean Brennan 0-4 (3 45s, 1 free), Killian Shannon 0-3, Fionn Ó Broin 0-1.
Patricians, Newbridge, Ben McCormack 0-6 (4 frees), Cian McConnell 0-1, Peter Howard 0-1.
Seán Brennan; Cian Byrne, Eoin Neary, Ben Fallon; Fionn Ó Broin, Cathal Ó Dualacháin, Conor O’Dwyer; Colm Cronin, Ryan McBride; Colm O’Neill, Killian Shannon, Conor Leavy; Dara Kavanagh, Oisin O’Rourke, Con Callagham. Subs: EoinLally for Dara Kavanagh (56 minute).
TJ Carroll (Sarsfields); Alan Scully (Sarsfields), Tom Aspell (Sarsfields), Seán Healy (Moorefield); Seán Dempsey (Moorefield), Diarmuid Hartley (Sarsfields), Cian Scanlon (Sarsfields); Conor Hartley (Sarsfields), Con Kavanagh (Sarsfields); Ben McCormack (Sarsfields), Cian McConnell (Sarsfields), Kevin Lynch (Sarsfields); Donal Dempsey (Ballyteague), Peter Howard (Sarsfields), Ciarán Troy (Suncroft). Subs: Conor Earley (Raheens) for Kevin Lynch (half time); Ryan Brady (Sarsfields) for Seán Dempsey (45 minute); Adam Burke (Two Mile House) for Cian McConnell (47 minute); Daragh McHugh (Sarsfields) for Ciaran Troy (55 minute).
Pat Kehoe (Carlow).