Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa 3-11(14) V Bellewstown/Mount Hanover 0-13
The brilliance of the Cooney Cup was there for all to see at the Round 2 games played in Duleek Boys NS with 3 cracking matches that went right down to the wire. In the opening match the Irish school from Mornington took on Bellewstown/Mount Hanover and it was an enthralling contest from start to finish.
Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa opened the scoring through Ronan McIntyre and Conor Christie before 2 fine scores from Dylan Collins and Fionn Herman levelled up the match. Luke Walsh then kicked a brilliant score after being set up by Aidan Kelly, before Conor Christie then pushed the Gaelscoil 2 clear with a great score after been set up by Ronan McIntyre. The Gaelscoil were now buzzing all over the forward line and the 2 point lead soon became 4 when full forward Daragh Reidy and Aidan kelly kicked two great scores. Bellewstown/Mount Hanover dug in and Dylan Collins and Fionn Herman then reduced the margin to 2 points after some great work from Tom Boden. In a period of play that ebbed and flowed two further scores from Ronan McIntyre and Luke Walsh were cancelled out by two from Tom Boden and Fionn Herman as the Gaelscoil went in leading at the break by 2 points.
The 2nd half was every bit as good as the first and opened with Dylan Collins hitting a fine score to reduce the margin back to one point. However great play from Aidan Kelly saw him setup Daragh Reidy to score before a great bit of play between Tadgh McCann-Duff and Ronan McIntyre saw the former fire over to send the Gaelscoil 3 clear. Dylan Collins and lively Luke Walsh then traded scores, before Daragh Reidy then pushed the Mornngton schools lead out to 4 points. Two more fine scores however from Dylan Collins and one from Tom Boden left a nail biting finish and the margin a solitary score. A brilliant worked score involving Sorcha Nic An Aba and Oisn Cummins then saw Pearse Og Gilroy get free and he kicked a great point to send his side two clear. A fine score from Fionn Herman and Bellewstown/Mount Hanover were back to a point before traded scores between Daragh Reidy and Tom Boden once more kept the margin at the final whistle, a one point win for Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa.
Gaelscoil Scorers: Daragh Reidy 1-3, Luke Walsh 1-2, Aidan Kelly 1-0, Conor Christie 0-2, Ronan McIntyre 0-2, Tadgh McCann-Duff 0-1, Pearse Gilroy 0-1,
Bellewstown/Mount Hanover Scorers:Dylan Collins 0-6, Fionn Herman 0-3, Tom Boden 0-4
Man of The Match:
There were plenty of players up for this award. Dylan Collins and Tom Boden were wonderful at times for Bellewstown/Mount Hanover. For the Gaelscoil there was some great play at the back from Sorcha Nic an Aba, Pearse Og Gilroy and Oisin O’Comain. In the forwards the Gaelscoil were wonderful to watch with the talents of Daragh Walsh, Daragh Reidy, Tadgh McCann-Duff, Aidan Kelly and Conor Chrisitie whose skill and energy were just wonderful to watch. In the end the award goes to Luke Walsh. Young Walsh performance was stunning from start to finish and his scoring was matched by his great vision and abilty to bring his team mates into play in what was a great display.
Whitecross NS 1-5(6) V St Marys PPS 0-6
Game 2 in Round 2 of the Cooney Cup saw Whitecross NS taking on St Marys PPS.
This game was very cat and mouse throughout with both defences on top and scores at a premium. St Marys opened the scoring 10 minutes in with a fine point from Liam Gaffney before Ryan McBrearty converted a free to level up the sides. The first half saw a feast of great tackling and Reece McGovern and Tiarnan Rowley then kicked two great scores to break the scoring impasse as St Marys PPS went in at the break 2 points clear.
The 2nd half continued in much the same vain as the first half. A point from Aaron Taffe saw St Marys race 3 clear before Ben O’Reilly scored a great point after some great work from Sean Emmanuel. Paul Gasklin then restored the Bryanstown schools 3 point lead when he fired over after a great pass from Cathal Monaghan. However the influence of Sean Emmanuel and John Mannion began to tell and 3 wonderful scores, two from Mannion and one from Sean Emmanuel levelled up the contest as the game came to last few minutes.
Tension was high now and more great work from Tiarnan Rowley and Cathal Monaghan saw him release Paddy O’Connell and he fired over what looked to be the winner. However Whitecross were not finished and a fine move between Ben O’Reilly and Sean Emmanuel saw a high ball cross the St Marys PPS square only for the towering John Mannion to cooly fist to the St Marys net in the middle of bunch of players to cap a fine performance and see the game finish all square
Whitecross NS Scorers:John Mannion 1-2, Ryan McBrearty 0-1, Ben O’Reilly 0-1
St Marys PPS Scorers: Paul Gaslin 0-1, Aaron Taffe 0-1, Paddy O’Connell 0-1, Liam Gaffney 0-1, Reece McGovern 0-1, Tiarnan Rowley
Man of The Match:
This game was like chess at times and both sides will be satisfied with a share of the spoils. St Marys played well and Whitecross will know they missed the dynamic play of Evan Hughes and Luke Ferguson due to injury and sickness. For Whitecross Ryan McBrearty, Sean Emmanuel, Evan Breen and Ben O’Reilly played well. For St Marys Paddy O’Connell was great, as was Cathal Monaghan, Conor Murphy in goals and Liam Gaffney who was superb throughout on the towering Sean Emmanuel. However the man of the match award goes to John Mannion. The St Pats club player was superb throughout and kicked 1-2 to drag his team back into this game. Indeed his cool finish in the dying seconds summed up his play, in what was a tense finish.
Duleek Boys NS 1-12 (13) V Realt Na Mara Boys NS 0-11
The final game of Round 2 in the Cooney Cup saw the holders Realt Na Mara take on Duleek Boys NS. This was a case of too little too late as the Donacarney boys left themselves too much to do having only scored 3 points before the break and trailing 0-9 to 0-3. Duleek Boys NS started brightly and points from the excellent Sean O ‘Halloran, Duffy and McKeon set the tempo for the opening period as Realt Na Mara struggled to convert possession into scores. Points from Aaron Grant and Charlie Bacon did see them keep the margin at 6 points at the break.
The 2nd half was a great contest as Realt Na Mara pressed the fast forward button and 4 great scores from Aaron Grant did reduce the margin to two points. However further scores from Evan Haddock, JP McCormack and a goal from James McCarthy kept the Duleek Boys ahead. Realt Na Mara made a game of it and more scores from Eoin Gillick and Jake Hough saw the came close out with the Donacarney School going down by 2 points in the end.
This was a case of Duleek Boys NS grabbing the lead and holding on. Realt Na Mara were slow to start in Round 1, drawing at half time but then proceeded to put Bellewstown/Mount Hanover to the sword in the 2nd half. However in Round 2 they will rue the slow start again that left themselves far too much to do. Not even the 7 point hall from Aaron Grant could get the school back level in what was fine display from Duleek Boys NS
Duleek Boys Scorers: S O’Halloran 0-4, B. Duffy 0-3, J. McCarthy 1-0, T McKeon 0-1, E. Topcu 0-1, E. Haddock 0-1, JP Cormack 0-1, D. O’Boyle 0-1
Realt Na Mara Scorers: A. Grant 0-7, C. Bacon 0-1, E. Gillick 0-2, J. Hough 0-1
Man of The Match:
There was lots of fine performances. Aron Grant was terrific and matched his 7 point hall from Round 1 with another in Round 2. Eoin Gillick and Conor Clifford can all be pleased with how they played. For Duleek Boys James McCarthy, Evan Haddock and JP Cormack all played great. However the award goes to Sean O’Halloran. Young O’Halloran is a real live wire and he hit 0-4 V Whitecross in Round 1 in what was a very tough encounter and he stepped up today as well and hit another 0-4 in great display of getting out in front, attacking the goal and grabbing his side vital scores