Cnoc Mhuire, Granard on course to retain All-Ireland U-16 title

Cnoc Mhuire, Granard booked their place in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Junior (U-16) ‘A’ Football Championship decider for the second year in succession when they crushed the challenge of Co Galway outfit Carraroe Comprehensive School in a very one-sided semi-final clash at Tuam Stadium on Saturday last.

Cnoc Mhuire, Granard booked their place in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Junior (U-16) ‘A’ Football Championship decider for the second year in succession when they crushed the challenge of Co Galway outfit Carraroe Comprehensive School in a very one-sided semi-final clash at Tuam Stadium on Saturday last.

Cnoc Mhuire are now on the brink of a magnificent achievement in their attempt to win back-to-back All-Ireland U-16 titles and standing in their way are Cork opponents Boherbue Comprehensive School, Mallow with the final scheduled for Saturday next, St. Patrick’s Day, at a venue yet to be confirmed (1pm).

On the evidence of their most emphatic victory over Carraroe CS last weekend, the indications are that the well-balanced Cnoc Mhuire team (managed by Ryan Plunkett and assisted by James Carroll) will be extremely hard beaten with the powerful midfield pairing of David McGivney and Nigel Rabbitte leading the charge for glory.

Played in front of a sparse attendance, the reigning All-Ireland champions Cnoc Mhuire got off to a flying start to clock up 2-2 in the opening five minutes with the well-taken crucial goals coming from corner-forwards Fionnan O’Reilly and Rian Brady in quick succession.

The Granard school were rampant for most of the first half, ending up in a commanding 2-7 to 0-3 lead at the break with the points coming from Rian Brady (2), David McGivney (two frees), Aidan McElligott, Nigel Rabbitte and Fionan O’Reilly and they could have been even further in front after squandering a few other scoring chances.

To read the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.