OCI Pre-EGM Media Briefing: OCI President Sarah Keane – The Irish Examiner – December 6 2017

Sarah Keane: OCI wary over Pat Hickey

Olympic Council of Ireland president Sarah Keane acknowledged yesterday that she is “uncomfortable” with the possibility of Pat Hickey returning to the OCI Board.

Hickey, the former OCI president, could do so due to his status as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member.

Hickey ‘self-suspended’ himself from all Olympic duties following a scandal surrounding the sale of tickets for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Irish officials have contacted the IOC to express their hope that Hickey would not have an automatic seat on the board, and would also not enjoy voting rights

However, the OCI’s new executive committee were told that this would be in breach of their International Olympic Charter.

Keane said: “The board is uncomfortable with the situation. I think we’ve already come out and made our sentiments clear about that.

“The IOC are very clear that this is not personal from their perspective. This is their charter and everybody is obliged to comply with that,” she explained.

“We felt, though, we should engage with the IOC directly on the issue and we wanted to make sure that they understood our perspective and how people feel about it. That is the situation and as things unfold we will look at how we deal with it. This matter is still to be played out over the next couple of years.”

While Hickey — who has not breached any company law during his roles in the Olympic Movement — resigned from the IOC’s executive board with immediate effect in September, he still remains an ordinary member of the committee.

When quizzed about the practical issues this affair has for the reputation of the OCI, Keane was quick to pinpoint the transparency they have shown on the matter.

“We’re being very transparent and open about it. It’s a right and entitlement of the IOC member under the charter. They don’t have to sit on the board.

“Also, from our perspective in relation to our current IOC member, it’s not an issue currently for us, because they’re self-suspended and there’s a whole ethics commission investigation which is ongoing.

“I think where we are with the IOC, this is a matter we’ll be having further discussions about over time. They have engaged with us very positively, very openly. They’ve allowed us to express our opinions, and I’ve had direct access to Thomas Bach, the president of the [IOC], on several occasions this year.”

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Ulster Bank League Division 1A Review: UCD V Lansdowne – Irishrugby.ie – December 4 2017

UCD 23 LANSDOWNE 30, Belfield Bowl
Scorers: UCD: Tries: Jack Ringrose, Tommy O’Brien; Cons: Harry Byrne, Ciaran Frawley; Pens: Harry Byrne 3
Lansdowne: Tries: Harry Brennan, Ronan Kelleher, Penalty try; Cons: Scott Deasy 2, Pen try con; Pens: Scott Deasy 3

HT: UCD 9 Lansdowne 6

Lansdowne completed an immaculate first half of the Ulster Bank League season with their ninth straight win, as a second half scoring burst saw them overcome a feisty UCD side 30-23 at the Belfield Bowl on Saturday.

The Division 1A leaders also lifted the Sutherland Cup – presented in memory of Peter Sutherland’sfather, the great Billy Sutherland – courtesy of this three-try victory which saw talismanic out-half Scott Deasy kick 13 points. However, it was the students who made the early inroads with a couple of kicks towards the corner.

Harry Byrne, younger brother of Ross Byrne who was in action at the same time with Leinster in Treviso, fired over a 35-metre penalty to get UCD off the mark. He missed a second place-kick just four minutes later, with his effort dropping short and gathered under the posts by Deasy.

Byrne was back on target with his next attempt at the posts, making it 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. Deasy responded with a routine strike on 23 minutes but a similar kick at the other end from Byrne restored the six-point lead. The kicking duel continued but Deasy was surprisingly off target from close range.

The sin-binning of flanker Aaron Conneely was a further setback for Lansdowne, who had Connacht’s Denis Coulson making his senior debut for the club in the front row. However, in Conneely’s absence, they closed the deficit to 9-6 for half-time thanks to a Deasy penalty from the right.

The game began to open up more immediately after the restart, the visitors needing just three minutes for Deasy and full-back Eamonn Mills to combine and send centre Harry Brennan over for an emphatic finish to a well-crafted multi-phase attack. Deasy converted for a 13-9 lead.

Before UCD could regain their composure, Lansdowne claimed their second try in the space of four minutes. Mike Ruddock’s men developed a strong lineout maul after Deasy had kicked to touch, and hooker Ronan Kelleher, younger brother of Connacht winger Cian Kelleher, drove over for a converted 47th-minute score.

The family affair continued as Garry Ringrose’s younger brother, UCD winger Jack, raced through for a much-needed try in the left corner via Jamie Glynn’s quick tap penalty, with Byrne superbly splitting the posts from the touchline.

However, Lansdowne continued to do damage, especially up front, as Deasy knocked over his third successful penalty and a powerful attacking scrum saw referee Stuart Gaffikin award them a 67th-minute penalty try, with UCD having just lost influential number 8 Peadar Timmins to the sin-bin.

UCD now had a mountain to climb at 30-16 down, but to their credit, Andy Skehan’s charges were resilient right to the last. They continued to probe for scores and were rewarded in the closing stages, with prop Jeremy Loughman carrying strongly into the Lansdowne half before Tommy O’Brien’sexcellent try, which saw him burst past several defenders and was converted by his Ireland Under-20 colleague Ciaran Frawley, earned them a deserved losing bonus point.

UCD: Ciaran Frawley; Rob Keenan, Gavin Mullin, Tommy O’Brien, Jack Ringrose; Harry Byrne, Jamie Glynn (capt); Rory Mulvihill, Sean McNulty, Jeremy Loughman, Emmet MacMahon, Gavin Thornberry, Stephen McVeigh, Ronan Foley, Peadar Timmins.

Replacements: Gordon Frayne, Liam Hyland, Brian Cawley, Nick Peters, Colm Mulcahy.

LANSDOWNE: Eamonn Mills; Mark O’Keefe, Harry Brennan, Fergal Cleary, Adam Leavy; Scott Deasy, Charlie Rock; Denis Coulson. Ronan Kelleher, Ian Prendiville (capt), Josh O’Rourke, Jack Dwan, Jack O’Sullivan, Aaron Conneely, Willie Earle.

Replacements: Tyrone Moran, Adam Boland, Jacob Coghlan, Darragh Henry, Willie Walsh.

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Post-Match Reaction: All-Ireland Club Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Mourneabbey Manager Shane Ronayne – The Evening Echo – December 4 2017

Mourneabbey boss: I’m heartbroken for the girls but they kept fighting until the end

AFTER seeing his side falling to a third All-Ireland defeat in the space of four seasons, Mourneabbey manager Shane Ronayne admitted that he was heartbroken for his players.

The Cork and Munster champions fought back from an eight-point deficit to give themselves a real chance in the closing stages, and even though they were ultimately second best to Mayo’s Carnacon, he was extremely proud of their performance in the game.

“We missed a lot of chances in the first-half that probably proved vital in the end. There was a bit of pressure on us then the start of the second-half, and we kind of pushed forward a bit to try to get back to three points and Carnacon kicked on. They went I think it was seven or eight up, but I just have to commend my own crowd. They kept going and kept going.

“It’s so disappointing. I’m just heartbroken for the girls. They’ve put so much effort into this, and they just can’t get over the line. I’m very, very proud of them and they kept fighting until the final whistle.”

While Mourneabbey are still searching for the holy grail of a senior title, Carnacon have now secured six All-Ireland successes.

A number of players – including skipper Cora Staunton – have been around for the majority of these wins, and Ronayne is full of admiration for the way continue to produce for their club.

“Hats off to them, they’re some side. There’s a fair amount of them on the other side of 30, and to be able to do that still. They’re a seasoned outfit and fair play to them. They’ve six All-Irelands won now, and probably just about deserved it on the day.”

Though this will be a hard one for Mourneabbey to take, they have shown remarkable resilience to bounce from their previous All-Ireland final losses. Ronayne is uncertain what the future holds for him and his management team, but has no doubt that the squad will remain united moving into 2018.

“It’s a long road back to this time next year, and that’s where we want to be. It’s too early to be saying what’s going to happen with different people, and the management and things like that.

“The community of Mourneabbey is incredible, the support we get. They’re all heartbroken, and we’re heartbroken for them as well. We’ll dust ourselves down. We’ll stick together, and we’ll have a look and see what we do next year,” Ronayne added.

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Story Of The Game: All-Ireland Club Senior Ladies Football Championship Final: The Evening Echo – December 4 2017

Story of the game

SCORE OF THE MATCH: With just 12 minutes left on the clock, Cork senior star Brid O’Sullivan linked up with Laura Fitzgerald, and brilliantly fired beyond the reach of netminder Michelle Higgins.

REFEREE WATCH: Cavan referee Maggie Farrelly handed out yellow-cards to Carnacon trio Doireann Hughes, Claire Egan and Michelle McGing, as well as Mourneabbey full-back Cathy Ann Stack.

TURNING POINT: There was 23 minutes gone in the first half when Mourneabbey were presented with their first goal opportunity. Had Doireann O’Sullivan’s fierce shot hit the back of the net rather than the post, it would have placed them in a stronger position.

KEY PLAYER: Although there was a lot of focus on the attacking talent on show, Carnacon’s Martha Carter showcased her versatility by kicking two opening half points. She also proved to be an excellent link between defence and attack for the eventual winners.

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Three Reasons Why Mourneabbey Lost All-Ireland Club Ladies Football Championship Final: The Evening Echo – December 4 2017

Three reasons Mourneabbey lost the All-Ireland

  1. Difficult third-quarter: Though Carnacon held the edge over their Cork counterparts at the interval, a three-point deficit (0-7 to 0-4) saw Mourneabbey still in contention when the action resumed. However, in the space of 12 minutes, Carnacon took firm control. They stretched their advantage to eight points with some sparkling attacking play, leaving Mourneabbey with too much ground to make up, despite their efforts in the closing stages.

2. Cora Staunton: While she was off-target with a series of opportunities in the opening period, the influence of the Carnacon captain became more pronounced as the action developed.

The 11-time All-Star was ably-supported by experienced performers Martha Carter and Fiona McHale, but she was responsible for five of her side’s final six scores, including a fisted effort with nine minutes left. Her haul of 0-7 was crucial.

3. Early reliance of Doireann O’Sullivan: As they mounted a gutsy final-quarter fightback, a number of Mourneabbey players chipped in with vital scores.

Brid O’Sullivan capped a fine display with a superb 48th-minute goal, but of their first-half tally of 0-4, three of those points were amassed by full-forward Doireann O’Sullivan.

She was also unfortunate to see a goal-bound effort rebounding off the woodwork, but it wasn’t until the latter stages of the contest that the scoring burden was lifted from her shoulders.

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LGFA All-Ireland Senior Club Ladies Football Championship Final: Mourneabbey V Carnacon – The Evening Echo – December 4 2017

Mourne-ing a defeat for the third time




Daire Walsh

THEY produced a gallant display at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon, but for the third time in four years, Mourneabbey came up just short in the LGFA All-Ireland Senior Club Championship decider.

A strong third-quarter from the Cora Staunton-inspired Carnacon had created serious daylight in the north Dublin venue, and even though Doireann O’Sullivan and Brid O’Sullivan helped to bring Mourneabbey back into the reckoning, they couldn’t quite turn the tide in their favour.

Carnacon were searching for their first national crown since 2013, and they opened the scoring with a fine score on the run by Martha Carter. However, Mourneabbey full-forward Doireann O’Sullivan later stepped up to a 30m free, and ensured Carnacon’s lead was a short-lived one.

With five All-Ireland senior titles already under their belt, it was always expected that Carnacon would present a formidable challenge to Mourneabbey. They edged in front once again with a routine free by Staunton (who will soon be embarking on a new career in the Women’s AFL), and centre-forward Amy Dowling subsequently opened her personal account with a neat point from play.

Another free by the influential Doireann O’Sullivan brought the Mourneabbey deficit down to the bare minimum, but even though Carnacon spurned a number of opportunities in the opening period, Dowling and Carter (who was named at full-back, but played in a more advanced role) found the target for the westerners.

This gave them some breathing space, but Doireann O’Sullivan once again fired back – this time with a superb long-distance score from play. Indeed, despite seeing this score immediately cancelled out by the 11-time All-Star Staunton, they were agonisingly close to restoring parity on 23 minutes.

Doireann O’Sullivan dispossessed Claire Egan close to the Carnacon goal, and she was extremely unfortunate to see her subsequent strike crashing off the underside of the right-hand post. Team captain Brid O’Sullivan eventually cut the gap with a fine score at the end of a patient move, but thanks to an Emma Cosgrave effort from a tight-angle, Carnacon held a 0-7 to 0-4 advantage at the midway point in the action.

This kept Mourneabbey’s quest for a clean sweep of junior, intermediate and senior very much alive heading into the second-half, but within six minutes of the restart, Carnacon had doubled their cushion.

Staunton was on target either side of a hard-earned point from Fiona McHale, and although Doireann O’Sullivan’s fourth brought this scoring sequence from the central Mayo outfit to one end, Staunton’s impact on the game was beginning to grow substantially.

She added a 38th-minute point to her tally, and after Aoife Brennan beautifully curled over the posts off her right-foot, another Staunton contribution opened up an eight-point gap between the sides. Mourneabbey were now left with a mountain to climb, but the 44th-minute sin-binning of Carnacon half-back Doireann Hughes offered the Munster kingpins a potential lifeline.

Back-to-back scores from Roisin O’Sullivan and Ciara O’Sullivan gave them hope, and while a sixth Staunton point briefly halted their charge, Ellie Jack also found her range in fine style.

Brid O’Sullivan then secured a much-needed goal for Mourneabbey after executing an outstanding one-two with Laura Fitzgerald, but Staunton once again settled Carnacon with a fisted score.

Fitzgerald added her name to the scoresheet after she was previously denied by Carnacon netminder Michelle Higgins, and yet another Doireann O’Sullivan placed-ball conversion set-up a nail-biting conclusion.

Mourneabbey pushed hard for a match-winning goal in the dying moments, but in spite of their best endeavours, Carnacon dug deep for a narrow victory.

Scorers for Carnacon: Cora Staunton 0-7 (3f), Martha Carter, Amy Dowling, Aoife Brennan 0-2 each, Fiona McHale, Emma Cosgrave 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mourneabbey: Doireann O’Sullivan 0-5 (4f), Brid O’Sullivan 1-1, Roisin O’Sullivan, Ciara O’Sullivan, Ellie Jack, Laura Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

CARNACON: Michelle Higgins; Claire Egan, Marie Corbett, Sadhbh Larkin; Doireann Hughes, Fiona McHale, Sharon McGing; Martha Carter, Erina Flannery; Michelle McGing, Amy Dowling, Louise Bowling; Aoife Brennan, Cora Staunton, Emma Cosgrave.

Subs: Aoife McHale for Larkin (54).

MOURNEABBEY: Meabh O’Sullivan; Emma Coakley, Cathy Ann Stack, Kathryn Coakley; Roisin O’Sullivan, Eimear Meaney, Aisling O’Sullivan; Niamh O’Sullivan, Maire O’Callaghan; Ciara O’Sullivan, Brid O’Sullivan, Ellie Jack; Laura Fitzgerald, Doireann O’Sullivan, Eimear Harrington.

Subs: Aileen Buckley for Coakley (half-time), Ciara Lawlee for N O’Sullivan (49).

Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan).

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All-Ireland Club Intermediate Ladies Football Championship: Dunboyne V Kinsale – The Irish Examiner – December 4 2017

Dee Blayney the darling of Dunboyne as Kinsale endure more final heartache

Dunboyne 2-13 Kinsale 2-12: A 54th-minute point from midfielder Dee Blayney was the difference at Parnell Park yesterday, when Dunboyne claimed their first-ever LGFA All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship title in a dramatic encounter against Kinsale.

This is the second year in succession that Kinsale have suffered All-Ireland final heartache, following their defeat to Dublin’s Naomh Maur in the 2016 junior decider. Cork senior star Orla Finn (in tandem with Sadhbh O’Leary) led the way for Michael O’Connor’s side, but thanks to Blayney’s terrific score in the closing stages, it was Dunboyne who ultimately prevailed.

The Leinster champions had broken the deadlock with an early point from corner-forward Aoife Thompson, and this was followed by a superb Emma Duggan goal in the eighth minute. Yet, after a Finn score got Kinsale up and running, a neat finish to the Dunboyne net by O’Leary (an All-Ireland minor winner with Cork this year) brought them on level terms.

They began to exert their authority with unanswered points courtesy of Faye Ahern, O’Leary and Finn, but Dunboyne eventually responded through Vikki Wall and Thompson. Swapped scores between Finn and Thompson preceded an Ellen Murphy point for Kinsale, before Finn bagged their second goal of the contest with a clinical strike on 22 minutes.

However, Duggan and Fiona O’Neill pointed to bring Dunboyne back into contention — and although Aoife Keating fired back at the opposite end, an unstoppable Wall three-pointer reduced the gap to the bare minimum.

There was enough time for O’Neill to restore parity in time for the interval (2-7 apiece), and a neat Duggan point from a right-hand angle moved Dunboyne back into the ascendancy on the resumption. O’Leary produced a swift reply for Kinsale at the end of a solo run, only for Dunboyne to register back-to-back scores through full-forward Wall and Sinead Hackett.

There was no reason for the Leesiders to panic just yet, though, and they levelled matters once more with a point each from team captain O’Leary and Finn (free). Indeed, this absorbing tie remained delicately poised after Finn and O’Leary issued direct responses to Thompson and O’Neill points for Dunboyne. Yet, when she picked up possession inside the Kinsale ’45’ seven minutes from the end, Blayney split the uprights with aplomb.

This meant that Kinsale had to chase for an equalising score in the closing minutes, but thanks to disciplined work from their defence, Dunboyne held firm for a hard-earned success in north Dublin.

Scorers for Dunboyne:

V Wall (0-1f), E Duggan 1-2 each, A Thompson 0-4 (2f), F O’Neill 0-3, D Blayney, S Hackett 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kinsale:

O Finn 1-5 (0-2f), S O’Leary 1-3, A Keating 0-2, E Murphy, F Ahern 0-1 each.


A O’Sullivan; R McDermott, E O’Byrne, C Barker; B Hickey, E Doyle, A Moffatt; D Blayney, J Kavanagh; E Duggan, S Melia, S Hackett; F O’Neill, V Wall, A Thompson.


K Birmingham for McDermott (39), C Keenan for Hickey (40), A Jones for Kavanagh (54).


A Judge; E O’Brien, A Lynch, C Keohane; L Copithorne, C O’Callaghan, T McCarthy; N Quinn, G Gould; E Murphy, J Murphy, F Ahern; A Keating, S O’Leary, O Finn.


G Buckley for E Murphy (39), J Cronin for Keating (53), D Tyner for Gould (56), A Lee for Copithorne (59).


B Rice (Down).

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Official Opening Of Billings Park Challenge Match: Dublin V UCD – The Evening Herald – December 1 2017




Daire Walsh

A STUNNING second-half hat-trick from Colm Basquel was the main highlight at Belfield last night as Dublin and UCD marked the official opening of Billings Park with an entertaining challenge clash that finished 7-10 to 1-17.

This pitch is named in honour of former Dublin, UCD and St Vincent’s stalwart Dave Billings, and with GAA President Aogan O Fearghail on hand to lend his support, it proved to be a fitting tribute to the great man.

While this fixture was an opportunity for Jim Gavin to give game-time to a number of fringe players, there were still some familiar faces amongst the Dublin side. Basquel was joined in attack by Cormac Costello, Ciaran Reddin and Conor McHugh, and former UCD student David Byrne was captaining the side from centre-back.

Early score from Paddy O’Connor, Mayo’s Stephen Coen and Brian Byrne had helped the Students to settled into the game before Dublin responded with the first goal of the evening through Clann Mhuire’s Adam Rogers.

UCD replied with unanswered contributions from Evan O’Carroll (two), O’Connor and centre-back Liam Casey, only for Costello to restore Dublin’s slender lead with a palmed finish from close-in.

After Rogers added a point from a tight angle, John Divilly’s outfit regained the lead with efforts from Byrne and Eric Lowry (two). However, with Lowry, Reddin, Rogers (two) and Costello all finding the range, Dublin developed a 2-7 to 0-11 interval cushion.

As expected, both sides made a host of changes for the second half, and it was substitute Gary Allen who reduced UCD’s deficit to the bare minimum just after the restart. Indeed, a 0-2 salvo from Tom Hayes (in response to another Costello effort) levelled matters before, but it was at this point that Basquel came into his own.

He moved Dublin into the ascendancy with a superb goal on 41 minutes. Brian Daly and Allen did keep UCD within touching distance before another goal from Lucan’s Emmet O Conghaile created further daylight.

Basquel was beginning to play with great freedom on the ’40’, and he broke free for his second goal six minutes from time. His third goal of the contest followed an excellent finish from a tight angle by Costello. UCD claimed a much-deserved consolation through O’Carroll in the closing stages.

Scorers – Dublin: C Costello 2-3 (0-2f), C Basquel 3-0, A Rogers 1-3, E O Conghaile 1-0, R Deegan, C Reddin, C McHugh, G O’Reilly 0-1 each. UCD: E O’Carroll 1-3, E Lowry 0-3 (2f), P O’Connor, B Byrne, T Hayes, G Allen 0-2 each, L Casey, S Coen, B Daly 0-1 each.

Dublin: JB Carthy; E O’Brien, S McMahon, C Wilson; C Doyle, D Byrne, M Tighe; S Carthy, R Deegan; C Reddin, C Basquel, K Callaghan; A Rogers, C Costello, C McHugh.

Subs: R McGowan, G Hannigan, D Devereux, S Ryan, E O Conghaile, A Elliott, G O’Reilly, K Doherty.

UCD: C Manton; L Silke, A Maguire, C O’Shaughnessy; T O’Sullivan, L Casey, J Feehan; J Barry, S Coen; B O Seannachain, P O’Connor, B Byrne; T Hayes, E O’Carroll, E Lowry.

Subs: T O’Brien, E McGrath, T O’Brien, J Rossiter, M Rennick, J Gillen, A Brennan, S Conlon, O Kelly, B Daly, P Fagan, G Allen, L Moran, S Meade, C Mullally.

Referee: T Lambe (St Vincent’s).

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Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship Round-Up: The Evening Herald – November 30 2017


Benildus, Fintan’s are out of picture

Daire Walsh

THERE was disappointment for St Fintan’s HS, Sutton and St Benildus College, whose Leinster Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship campaigns to an end in the past week.

An opening round defeat to Maynooth PP had left Fintan’s with ground to make up in Group F, while a draw against defending champions St Peter’s, Wexford had offered Benildus a possible path to the knockout stages from a competitive Group E.

Fintan’s welcomed Marist Athlone to Sutton last Thursday afternoon, and though they did their utmost to keep a tight rein of their opponents, points from the likes of Fred Kelleher, Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Ruane, Tom O’Carroll and Joe Carmody helped the Westmeath school to bring a 0-7 to 0-3 cushion into the interval.


Fintan’s cancelled out another O’Carroll score when the action resumed, but thanks to the dead-ball accuracy of Kieran Colclough, Marist remained in control of the action.

Sutton initially kept themselves in contention moving towards the final quarter, but with Ciaran Sugrue, O’Carroll, Mattie Nally and Josh Beaumount also finding the target, Marist eased towards a 0-17 to 0-6 victory.

With just one team guaranteed to progress from each group, Benildus knew that their game against another Westmeath school – Athlone CC – was a must-win encounter.

The southside school battled well throughout in a tricky away venue, but ultimately were on the receiving end of a 0-9 to 3-15 reversal to the Lake County side.

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Dublin Schools Juvenile ‘A’ Football Championship Final: St Aidan’s CBS V Maynooth SS – The Evening Herald – November 30 2017


Gannon earns ‘A’ grade as he guides Saints to success

Daire Walsh

SEAN Gannon produced a terrific display for St Aidan’s CBS at Russell Park last Thursday as the Collins Avenue side claimed the Dublin Schools Juvenile ‘A’ Football Championship title at the expense of Maynooth SS.

Aidan’s were previous winners at this grade in January 2014, when current county minor star James Doran was a key figure in their success over Ardscoil Ris. Gannon had impressed in earlier victories against St Benildus College (6-9 to 5-9) and Ardscoil Ris (5-8 to 1-7), but following their semi-final triumph at home to St Fintan’s HS, Sutton, on a scoreline of 1-11 to 3-2, the challenge of Maynooth was not to be discounted.

Indeed, with 20 minutes gone in the contest on the St Brigid’s GAA all-weather pitch, the north Kildare outfit were seven points in front. Aidan’s remained in arrears when the half-time whistle was sounded, but courtesy of strong leadership from Gannon, James Maloney and Sean Stone, they quickly level matters after the restart.

Daniel Day registered a brace of excellent points from midfield and while Maynooth continued to pose a threat to their Metropolitan counterparts, 1-2 apiece from Maloney and Stone offered some leeway to the increasingly-confident Aidan’s.

It was Gannon who truly proved to be a thorn in the side of Maynooth, however, and his final haul of 1-5 ensured that he finished as scorer-in-chief for the northside school.

A total of eight points (3-11 to 1-9) separated the sides in the end, and St Aidan’s can move into the Leinster championship with their tails well and truly up.

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