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Bosco Pull Off Munster Final Win

posted 20 Nov 2013, 11:39 by Patricia Donnellan   [ updated 22 Nov 2013, 00:49 ]
20/11/2013:  It was a cracker of a match today and it could have gone either way, but in the end St. John Bosco Community College were the winners in the U15 D Munster Final beating Carrick-on-Suir 4-7 to 2-12.  The teams were evenly matched and the score was close throughout, being level 5 times, which added to the excitement of the occasion.  The Tipperary side were first on the scoreboard with an early goal but Kildysart replied when captain Aaron Griffen found the back of the net. Both side swapped two points each to be level at 1-2 a piece with 19 minutes gone in the half.  The next 5 minutes saw Carrick score an unanswered 1-2 before Kildysart's last point of the half reduced the margin to 4 points, St. John Bosco 1-3, Carrick 2-4.

Kildysart had to play against the strong breeze in the second half and by the 38th minute they were trailing by 6 points, 1-4 to 2-7.  They never lost heart and the tide started changing when Stephen Sheehan was pulled down in the large rectangle.  Aaron Griffen converted the penalty and then in the same minute Dylan Kenny finished off Kieran O'Brien's pass to the net to level the sides at the 41st minute.  Carrick pulled ahead with 3 points over the next 15 minutes to see St. John Bosco trail by a goal with 3 minutes to go and the clock ticking away.  Then suddenly, Stephen Sheehan's powerful shot, low to the net gave Bosco the lifeline they needed and forced the match into extra time. Kildysart 4-4, Carrick 2-10.

The Kildysart supporters outnumbered the opposition and were very vocal for the extra periods. Kildysart played against the wind for the first period and were first on the mark with a point.  Carrick countered and Kildysart got the final point to lead at the break by 1 point 4-6 to 2-11.  The last 10 minutes were very nerve racking with Kildysart's lead going to 2 points only to be brought down to a single point with 3 minutes remaining.  There were chances for both sides to finish it off but in the end St. John Bosco held on to win by the narrowest of margins.  Final score 4-7 to 2-12.  Fair play to both teams for a well played sporting match. Congratulations to St John Bosco team and bainisteoir Leo O'Donoghue.

Team: Ger Fitzgerald, Emmet McMahon, Luke McGrath, Mikey Donnellan, Darragh Watson, Kieran O'Brien (0-1), Adrian Meaney, Aaron Malone Smith (0-1), Stevie Sheehan (1-1), Dylan Kenny (1-1), Seamus Casey (0-1), Aaron Griffen-captain (2-1), Ryan Casey, Cian Meaney (0-1) Aaron Slobody. Subs: Mark Meaney for Aidan Meaney, Ken O'Shea

Front row: Enda Meaney, Mark Meaney, Luke McGrath, Emmet McMahon, Mikey Donnellan, Stevie Sheehan, Ger Fitzgerald, Aaron Griffen, Diarmuid O'Donnell, Dylan Kenny, Aaron Slobody, Conor O'Leary (trainer),Alan Normoyle (trainer).
Back Row: Ken O'Shea, Cillian Garry, Seamus Casey, Ian O'Shea, Darragh Watson, Kieran O'Brien, Cian Meaney, Adrian Meaney, Ryan Casey, Darren King, Aaron Malone Smith, Aidan Sheehan

Road to Final:   The St. John Bosco Community College U15 team started off their campaign receiving a walk over from Kilmallock and followed this up with a comprehensive quarter final win over Ennis Community Colleges 9-16 to no score. They then faced Borrosoleigh in the semi-final and ran out winners 6-9 to 2-1.  The team, led by captain Aaron Griffen from Lissycasey are pitted against Tipperary side Carrick-on-Suir in the final. Best wishes to the team and their bainisteoir Leo O'Donoghue.