*Colm Cleary. Photograph: Gerard O’Neill
MIXED FORTUNES have been experienced on the schools front with Ennistymon CBS and Coláiste Muire tasting contrasting outcomes in their All-Ireland adventures.
Double aspirations remain on track for Ennistymon CBS after they overcame the challenge of St Columba’s Stranorlar (Donegal) 3-12 0-06 to advance to the All-Ireland Senior C Football Final. Corofin corner forward Joshua O’Brien kicked two goals in the tie, they welcomed Josh Guyler back to action but remained without Brendy Rouine.
Ennistymon CBS now face Laois’ Heywood Community School in the final. Attention now switches to the All-Ireland Senior C Hurling Semi-Final where they face St Killian’s College of Antrim in Whitehall-Colmcille GAA in Dublin this Saturday.
Three first-half goals proved decisive as Coláiste Muire lost out to Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew on Friday evening in Stradbally. It finished 4-08 1-09 in favour of the Wicklow school who have a number of Wexford players in their lineup.
Managed by Barry Donnellan and Aidan McGuane, the Ennis school trailed 3-04 0-04 at half-time. Senior championship winner, Tierna Hegarty raided for their only goal, kicking the sliotar to the net when Clooney/Quin’s Emma Considine picked her out with a concise pass. The Munster champions ultimately were not able to claw their way back into the contest.
St Joseph’s Tulla will be in action for the first time since their Dr Harty Cup glory when they meet famed Kilkenny nursery, St Kieran’s College in Nenagh this Saturday at 1pm. Hopes are high that the Ronan O’Connor captained side will continue their unforgettable run and seal a potential Croke Cup final date.