Leinster GAA PP Schools “A” Football Quarter Final – Br Bosco Cup
NAAS CBS: 0-15
COLAISTE EOIN: 1-5
A superb second half performance by Br Bosco Cup holders, Naas CBS, in Hawkfield on Tuesday, in which they kept Colaiste Eoin scoreless, was enough to send them into a Leinster semi final in about two weeks time.
The match was delayed for 35 minutes while the search for a relatively frost free pitch at the Kildare GAA Centre of Excellence was undertaken, with Pitch 4 eventually passing the test for Dublin Referee, Brian O’Connor.
Colaiste Eoin started the game on the front foot and were two points to the good by the 6th minute through Diarmuid O Cinneide and the lively Jamie O Conaire. The defending champions were level by the 10th minute through a ’45 from goalkeeper, Fintan Quinn and one from play from midfielder, Austin Brennan and they went ahead for the first time through the superb Carl Lennox in the 13th minute.
Colaiste Eoin gained the initiative again and with the help of a goal from an acute angle from O Conaire the Dublin school led 1-5 to 0-5 at half time.
The introduction of Tom Kelly and Ciaran O’Reilly during the second half seemed to give Naas renewed vigour and once they drew level through a Lennox free in the 48th minute there was no stopping the Leinster and All Ireland champions. Substitute Kelly put them ahead for only the second time in the game two minutes later and from there till then end Naas added some superb scores through Kelly, O’Reilly and of course from Lennox as the Dublin school failed to raise a flag during the entire second half.
NAAS: Fintan Quinn (Naas) 0-1 (’45); Niall Cramer (Raheens), Charlie Murphy (Naas), Liam O’Reilly (Naas); Daniel Hamill (Raheens), Eoin Lawlor (Naas), Evan O’Briain (Naas); Austin Brennan (Blessington) 0-1, Cian Boran (Eadestown); Fionn McCarthy (Raheens), Carl Lennox (Kill) 0-7 (3fs), Daire Gilmartin (Raheens); Stephen Kelly (Sallins), Callum Barrett (Ballymore Eustace), Ryan Sinkey (Naas) 0-3 (1m) Subs: Jamie McGuirk for Liam O’Reilly H/T, Tom Kelly 0-2 for Gilmartin 40, Ciaran O’Reilly 0-1 for Lawlor, 43, Adam Maguire.
COLAISTE EOIN: Robert O Faircheallaigh; Oisin McAnna, Stephen O’Raghallaigh, Ruan O Conchubair; Irial O Casaide, Conal O Riain, Brendan O Cionnaith; Diarmuid O Dulaing 0-1, Dara O Cinneide; Jamie O Conaire 1-1, Ciaran O Donnabhain 0-1 (f), David Puirseal; Conor Mag Ruairc, Oisin O Raghallaigh 0-2, Antaine MacAonasa. Subs: Oscor O Cronin for O Cinneide 56, 18 Aodhan Inglis 61.
REFEREE: Brian O’Connor (Dublin)