Dublin Schools SF ‘A’ Final: St Benildus College V Salesian College – The Irish Independent – February 29 2012

Connolly’s cool head seals miracle victory


Wednesday February 29 2012

Late goals from substitute Paul Connolly (two) and midfielder David Byrne proved pivotal yesterday as St Benildus College secured back-to-back titles after the most remarkable of comebacks.

Benildus opened up a three-point lead after 25 minutes, but Salesians ended the half in spectacular fashion, when three points were followed by a goal in stoppage time from centre-forward Shane Ryan, leaving the Kildare school 1-5 to 0-5 ahead at the mid-way stage.

After a second goal from Ronan Byrne with ten minutes remaining, they opened up a seemingly insurmountable 2-11 to 0-9 lead. And that was how the score remained until the final minute of normal time when Connolly kicked a loose ball to the net, before David Byrne brilliantly finished to the top corner in the first minute of injury-time.

The momentum was now with Benildus, and, incredibly, Connolly sealed the victory with a third goal from the spot.

Scorers — St Benildus : P Connolly 2-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), S Cunningham 0-6 (2f), D Byrne 1-1 (0-1f), E Allen 0-1. Salesian: R Byrne 1-5, S O’Flynn 0-3, S Ryan 1-0, P Brophy 0-2 (1f), C Mooney 0-1 each.

St Benildus — S Murtagh; A Kennedy, C Dolan, E Murphy; C Conway, R McGowan, S Mulvanney; D Byrne, D Butler; E Coffey, N Hanley, B Reilly; D Coen, B Horan, S Cunningham. Subs: P Connolly for Coen (h-t), E Allen for Reilly (34), M Mannion for Hanley (52).

Salesian — S Holmes; B Nolan, E Conaty, B Flynn; T Doolin, D Corcoran, R Feehan; P Brophy, J Doran; C Mooney, S Ryan, T McGoldrick; R Byrne, S O’Flynn, J Costello. Subs: R Harding for Ryan (51), R Cheasty for McGoldrick (51), S Moore for Flynn (58).

Ref — D Feeney (Dublin)

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