Naas CBS 4-9
Colaiste Eoin 2-9
Leinster Senior Schools Football Br.Bosco Cup Semi-Final
Naas CBS qualified for their second successive Br.Bosco Cup Final after battling to a six point victory over Colaiste Eoin in Abbotstown.
The game was without question the Kildare School’s biggest test as of yet this year but again they found a way to battle through.
Colaiste Eoin put Naas under serious pressure for large periods and it wasn’t until Mikey McGovern’s 50th minute goal that they broke free of their opponents.
Eadestown’s Eoin Conneff got two first half goals to give his side a three point lead at the break and although Drew Costello added to that in the early stages of the second half, they had to be thankful for David Morrissey making a brilliant point blank save from Eoin O’Callaghan who is a brother of the Dublin All-Ireland winner Con to keep their noses in front.
That save certainly gave rise to Naas and McGovern’s goal soon followed which put the seal on the result.
Naas were on the defensive in the early part of the game and while they did stand tall they did concede the first two points of the game with Colaiste Eoin’s Donncha O’Ciardha and Seamus O’Fiachna kicking scores.
Naas then received a couple of setbacks with Paddy McDermott firstly appearing to kick a point but it was waved wide before a goal was also disallowed when Mikey McGovern passed across to Dermot Hanafin for him to palm home but it was ruled out for a square ball.
Naas were eventually on the scoreboard in the 11th minute with a McGovern free which was followed up by a score from distance by Kevin Quinn.
The Dublin side then managed to get a bit of momentum going with an O’Ciardha 45 edging them back in front before they scored the game’s opening goal in the 20th minute with Tom O’hEachthigeirn firing to the net.
Colaiste Eoin couldn’t build on that though as they didn’t score for the rest of the half with Naas striking for 2-1 without reply.
Hanafin originally got the deficit back to three points with a nice score form play before Eoin Conneff scored two goals in as many minutes.
The first of his goals arrived when an Alex Beirne point attempt dropped short and into the hands of goalkeeper Tomas O’Faogain but he dropped the ball and Conneff was there to tap home.
Quite inexplicably just sixty seconds later the keeper made another mistake and despite him saving an earlier shot from Hanafin, his mishap again allowed Conneff in and he scored once more to give Naas a 2-3 to 1-3 lead after a very entertaining half in front of a boisterous crowd.
Colaiste Eoin introduced Tomas O’Neill at half-time and he had an immediate impact when kicking a point from play.
Naas seemed to always have an answer to anything Colaiste Eoin provided though and they had goal number three in the 33rd minute with McGovern finding Drew Costello and despite being surrounded by a number of players the corner forward was able to turn expertly and find the bottom corner past O’Faogain.
That left Naas with a five point lead but it was soon down to just two with points from O’Callaghan, O’Ciardha and Padraig Puirseil keeping the Irish Language School in touch.
Naas responded with an excellent long free from McGovern but Colaiste Eoin were piling on the pressure at this stage and O’Neill brought the sides level with a goal halfway through the half.
Naas looked very much on the ropes at this stage and Colaiste Eoin came forward at will but goalkeeper David Morrissey was the hero as he produced a sublime save to deny Callaghan while moments later the ball had to be blocked on the line.
The storm settled after that and Naas regained their fluency in attack as Quinn got his second point of the game before McGovern then found space behind the opposition’s defence and after he was found by Tony O’Connor who caught a great ball at midfield, the Raheens star made no mistake in slotting home with the help of the post.
That really punctured Colaiste Eoin’s effort as Hanafin and Costello followed up with quickfire points to leave them with a six point advantage.
Colaiste Eoin didn’t throw in the towel as Callaghan and O’Fiachna kicked late efforts but they were quickly cancelled out by points from Craig Johnson and Alex Beirne as the Kildare side powered to a deserved victory.
Naas will now play Wicklow Schools in the Final next Wednesday Night and with them being a Combined School it confirms their place in the All-Ireland Semi-finals but they will be doing everything in their power to try and defend their title.
Naas CBS: David Morrissey; Jack Hamill, Eoin Archbold, John Lawler, Paddy McDermott, Kevin Kelliher, Kevin Quinn 0-2, Liam Broderick, Jack Cleary, Tony O’Connor, Alex Beirne 0-1, Dermot Hanafin 0-2, Drew Costello 1-1, Eoin Conneff 2-0, Mikey McGovern 1-2 (0-2fs).
Subs used: Conall Gallagher for McDermott 45 mins, Craig Johnson 0-1 for McGovern 52 mins, Simon Murphy for Conneff 58 mins, Conan Boran for Broderick 60 mins, Aidan Cassidy for Hanafin 60 mins, Harry Carroll for Lawler 62 mins.
Colaiste Eoin: Tomas O’Faogain; Ruairi O’Cinneide, Padraig O’Luineachain, Brian Mac Sithigh, Colm Mac Giolla Phadraig, Finn O’Murchu, Iain O’hEithir, Naoise M-Bradaigh , Seamus O’Fiachna 0-2, Donncha O’Ciardha 0-3 (0-2fs, 0-1 45), Tom O’hEachthigeirn 1-0, Con Mac Aonasa, Padraig Puirseil 0-1, Donal Mac Duinnsleibhe, Eoghan O’Ceallachain 0-2 (0-1f).
Subs used: Tomas O’Neill 1-1 for O’Ciardha h-t.
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