The boys and girls from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh from are preparing themselves for All Ireland finals in Girls’ Senior Gaelic Football and under 15 soccer in what has been another highly successful sporting year in the Cahir school. Below are match reports from the semi-Finals which took place over the last few days.
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir 2-0 Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan CBS
Kenny Cunningham (45), Cian Murphy (67)
Two splendid second half goals were enough to see Coláiste Dún Iascaigh of Cahir advance to the All Ireland Cup Final following an excellent performance against Leinster legends Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan yesterday (March 12).
Conditions weren’t ideal in Killavilla United for this encounter but both teams battled the elements to produce some fine football.
Billy Rafter’s side started well with a few efforts on goals which Meynczak dealt with effortlessly. Lucan’s Yasser Mahrouuk was the danger man upfront but Cahir duo Sean and David Murphy kept a watchful eye on the powerful youngster
Dylan Fitzgerald was causing concern for the Lucan back four with his piercing runs down the right flank. His delivery into the box was exceptional but unfortunately Murphy or Cunningham couldn’t connect with the outstanding distribution
Luke Harris had a great opportunity before the interval which produced a great save from Dominic Meynczak to deny the opener
The second half was a much more organised affair with Cahir increasing the workload in attack. Cian Murphy hit the side netting two minutes in after some splendid footwork from Dylan Fitzgerald down the left flank
Lucan responded to this with Harris turning supplier for an Aaron Rogers volley which unfortunately wasn’t on target
Cahir got the advantage on 45 minutes as Cian Murphy made a darting run from the wing to cut into the box, he slipped the ball through to Cunningham who tapped the ball past Bankole skilfully
Kenny Cunningham should have converted Cahir’s second of the afternoon three minutes later but the in-form Bankole pulled off a fantastic save to keep his crew in the contest
Cian Murphy wrapped up proceedings three minutes from time with a brilliant combo with Cunningham yet again to flick the ball with the back of his boot to the bottom corner. This was a real team performance from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh. The Defence was ably marshalled by David and Sean Murphy at its heart and assisted by Eoin Corbett and Simon Farrell on either side.
A strong battling midfield performance from Kieran Lambert who allowed Cian Murphy to go forward and assist the strike force of Kenny Cunningham and the tireless Luke O’Brien. Paddy Doyle and Dylan Fitzgerald provided width while also containing the dangerous Lucan attackers. Darragh O’Leary added physicality from the bench, indeed the substitutes as a group made the selected eleven perform to their utmost.
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir: Dominick Meynczak, Simon Farrell, Eoin Corbett, Sean Murphy, David Murphy, Kieran Lambert, Paddy Doyle, Cian Murphy, Kenny Cunningham, Dylan Fitzgerald, Luke O’Brien (Darragh O’Leary, h/t)
Subs: Dylan Flynn, Dylan Puridy, Tommy McDonagh, Robert Kelly, Conor Walsh, Adam Lonergan (GK)
Teachers: Tim Corcoran, Pat Cunningham
Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan CBS: Joseph Bankole, Liam Kane, Liam Treacy, Eoin Massey, Liam Corpone, Seamus Curley, Luke Harris, Topa Ositelu, Aaron Rodgers (Shane O’Neill, 55), Yasser Mahrouuk, Cian McGrane (Thomas Oluwa, 47)
Subs: Daniel Emerson, Louis Comerford, Nathan Rogers, Harry Comey, Conor O’Donnell
Teacher: Billy Rafter
Referee: Declan Moran (Laois)
Back L-R Pa Doyle, Dylan Flynn, Cian Murphy, Kenny Cunningham, Darragh O’Leary, Dominick Meynczak, Adam Lonergan, Sean Murphy, David Murphy, Dylan Fitzgerald, Eoin Corbett
Front L-R Robert Kelly, Kieran lambert, Thomas MacDonagh, Luke O’ Brien, Simon Farrell, Conor Walsh, Nicholas Reidy
Dylan Fitzgerald has a shot on goal
GREAT WIN FOR COLAISTE DUN IASCAIGH IN ALL IRELAND POST PRIMARY SENIOR A SEMI FINAL
Colaiste Dun lascaigh from Cahir have won through to the Post Primary schools Senior A final with a great four point win over Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise. There was a swirling wind which made it difficult for both teams in Freshford there was little between the teams in the first half, but two goals from Laura Noonan in the 20th and 26th minute pushed Dun Iascaigh ahead by 4 points but the Portlaoise girls finished strongly to leave the teams level at the break 1-5 to 2-2. The Cahir points came from Aoife Corcoran and Roisin Howard
Colaiste Dun Iascaigh started the second half with four unanswered points but a goal by Emma Lawlor on 10 minutes left only a point between the teams .With five minutes remaining there was still the minimum between the teams but Colaiste Dun Iascaigh called on their experience and three late points from Aisling Maloney who scored a total of 6 points in the second half and the final point from Roisin Howard was enough to see them through to their second All Ireland final score Colaiste Dun Iscaigh 2-11 Chriost Ri 2-7
They await the winner of the second semi final Glenamaddy and St Ciarans Ballygawley who play next Tuesday.