Leinster Schools’ Senior Football ‘A’ Championship Semi-Final: St Benildus College V Colaiste Mhuire, Clane – The Evening Herald – January 28 2016


Benildus and Mhuire must battle again

Daire Walsh

CIARAN Kelly came to the rescue of Scoil Mhuire, Clane at Darver last Saturday, when an extra-time stalemate denied St Benildus College a place in the Leinster Schools’ SF ‘A’ Championship decider.

The two teams will renew acquaintances on Saturday – with the winner moving forward to a provincial showpiece against Marist College. Benildus booked their place in the penultimate rounds courtesy of triumphs over Moate CS, Knockbeg College and St Aidan’s CBS, but a well-taken goal from Brian McLoughlin helped Mhuire to make a bright start.

However, fine scores from Tom Keane and Tom Fox ensured that the Kilmacud school were on level terms (1-2 to 0-5) with 30 minutes gone on the clock, and despite conceding three unanswered points on the restart, strong work from Callum Pearson and Joseph Rafferty provided them with a slender platform.

Yet, a Kyle Devey equalising point meant that 20 additional minutes were required, and in difficult conditions at the Louth venue, a second goal offered Clane a slight edge (2-7 to 0-12) heading into the final ten minutes of the action.

During a frantic finale, Benildus looked set to progress following a successful 75th-minute Keane penalty, but a brace of injury-time Kelly frees ensured that the sides couldn’t be separated.

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