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Historic Run For St.Ronan’s Continues

Thursday 29.03.2018
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St.Ronan’s Lurgan 2-10 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-10

St.Ronan’s Lurgan upset the odds at Abbottstown GAA Centre of Excellence on Wednesday afternoon when they beat a fancied Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne side to qualify for next weekend’s Hogan Cup final.

The winners opened the scoring with a wonderful effort from Tiernan Kelly from out on the left wing, the first of five points that the impressive midfielder landed. A well worked Adam Loughran point doubled their advantage before the Kerry lads opened their account in the 6th minute from a Ruaidhri O’ Beaglaoich close in free.

Loughran tagged on another fine point before they struck for a brilliant 9th minute goal. Jack Lenehan played the ball to Rioghan Meehan who produced a dipping shot to the top left hand corner of the net giving keeper Eoin O’Brosnachain no chance.

Cathal Firtear and Deividas Uosis got much needed points for the Kerry lads as they began to come into the game. Ruairi McConville and Kelly exchanged points with O’Beaglaoich before Dylan O’Geibheannaigh levelled matters with a 27th minute goal. O’Beaglaoich scored from play as well as from a free with Kelly responding from a placed ball sandwiched in between as the Munster champions shaded the opening half 1-7 to 1-6.


Ruairi McConville levelled matters on the restart but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne were getting on top in the early stages and a free from O’Beaglaoich coupled with an effort from play from Dylan O’Geibheannaigh edged them two in front. St.Ronan’s though then hit a purple patch that got them 1-3 without reply to effectively win the game. Eoin McConville knocked over a free and after Kelly punched the equaliser the same player notched his fifth score of the afternoon.

In the 52nd minute the crucial score of the contest arrived when St.Ronan’s struck for their second goal. Meehan and Eoin McConville combined for substitute Josh Megoran to finish in style to the net. The Armagh lads now led by four points and the Munster champions were dealt a further blow when they lost influential midfielder Franz Sauerland to injury, a player who had won a lot of possession for his side before his departure.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne piled on the pressure and it took a great interception from St.Ronan’s full back Aidan Mulholland to keep them at bay. Chasing the game they were forced to push more men forward and they were almost caught out when a long ball intended for McConville was intercepted by keeper O’Brosnachain. Uosis had the final say for the Kerry lads two minutes into injury time but they couldn’t deny St.Ronan’s on what was another historic day for the Armagh school.


St.Ronan’s Lurgan: L Mulholland, E McCluskey, A Mulholland, J Haddock, A McCreanor, J Lamont, J Haughey, J Lenehan, T Kelly (0-5, 1F), O Smyth, A Loughran (0-2), R Meehan (1-0), R McConville (0-2), L Monteiro, E McConville (0-1, 1F). Subs: J Megoran (1-0) for Monteiro, C Magee for R McConville, M McAfee for Smyth


Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: E O’Brosnachain, C O’Flannura, T O’ Dubhain, Colin O’Muircheartaigh, Colm O’Muircheartaigh, G O’Leidhinn, P O’Cathallain, F Sauerland, J Aghas, N O’Geibheannaigh, C O’Failbhe, D Uosis (0-2), D O’Geibheannaigh (1-1), C Firtear (0-1), R O’Beaglaoich (0-6, 5F): Subs: C O’Cathain for Sauerland, S O’Morain for N O’Geibheannaigh,


Referee: B Conway, Kildare


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