Fuair Coláiste Oiriall an bua inniu | Coláiste Oiriall fightback to claim victory
The Danske Bank UK Gerry Brown Cup is up and running, and there was an enthralling encounter today in Newry where Coláiste Oiriall staged a remarkable comeback to pip St Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Newry right at the end.
It was the Official Down GAA school that got off to a strong start with captain Finn White Saval Gaelic Athletic Club and half forward Alex Heaney Newry Shamrocks GAC Seamróga an Iúir CLG getting on the scoreboard. A goal from Cillian Mac Cionna and points from Cian Ó Marcaigh and Stephen Mac Sceachan kept Oiriall in touch, but the gap could have been more at half time but for some great defending from Sé Duhurst, Sé Ó Luan, Seán Ó Miagán and Tiarnach Ó Connghaile.
Leading by four points at the break, St Joseph’s extended that lead with White and midfielder Jacob Bogdzia Thomas Davis GFC, Corrinshego to the fore, before the Monaghan men started to turn the tide. McKenna helped himself to another goal, as did Reece Mac Gafraidh and Joe Ó Fearaíl, with Ó Marcaigh turning provider for two of those.
By now the Monaghan GAA men were well on top, and it took some heroic goalkeeping from Ballyholland Harps GAC man Dylan John Franks to keep his side in the game. However, it was points from Phil Mac Cathmhaoil and Peter Mac Gionna Mhartáin that clinched the game after some fine work by Aodhán Ó Laighléis through the middle.
A hugely enjoyable encounter, with both sides displaying some wonderful football throughout. It’s good to be back ??
St Joseph’s Newry 3-08
Coláiste Oiriall 4-08
(? Thanks as always to Maurice McKey for the photographs)