Conor Leonard pictured in action for Cnoc Mhuire Granard U-14 football team.
Cnoc Mhuire Granard U-14 footballers showed true grit and determination as they survived a determined comeback from Heywood Community School (Laois) to win the Leinster Juvenile ‘C’ Final played at the Durrow GAA grounds, Offaly on Wednesday.
Top Oil Leinster Post-Primary Schools Juvenile (U-14) ‘C’ Football Championship Final
Cnoc Mhuire Granard . . . . . 3-15
Heywood Community School (Laois) . . . . . 3-9
The Granard school had been ahead by eight points at the break but Heywood started the second half with a vengeance and with seven minutes gone on the changeover they had cut the deficit to just two points.
Cnoc Mhuire then hit over two points but a goal from Lawson Obular and a free from Brian Whelan drew the Laois school level midway through the second half. That was the nearest Heywood could get to Cnoc Mhuire who were able to get vital scores in the closing stages of this entertaining game.
Some terrific defending and fantastic work from their forward line saw Cnoc Mhuire rally in the final two minutes with Cormac Brady’s goal in stoppage time sealing the win.
CNOC MHUIRE GRANARD: Frank Sheehy; Diarmuid Boylan, Cian O’Reilly, Daniel Lynch; Bryan Masterson, Ciaran Scanlon (0-2, 1f), Mark Cunningham; Conor Leonard, Ruairi Corcoran (1-1); Caolan O’Reilly, Tiarnan Madden (0-4), Aaron Smyth (0-1); Cormac Brady (1-2, 1f), Jonathan Jackson (1-0), Micheal Hynes (0-5).
Subs:- Conor Casey for C O’Reilly (36 mins); Peter Devine for C Leonard (42 mins); C O’Reilly for J Jackson (57 mins); C Leonard for D Lynch (58 mins).
HEYWOOD COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Ruaidhri Neavyn; James Whelan, Eamon Fitzpatrick, Davin McEvoy; Darragh Kelly, James Knowles, Sam Quinn; James Hennessy (1-0), Fionan Mahony (1-0); Aaron O’Dea (0-1), Brian Whelan (0-4, 2f), Ben Freeman (0-1); Sean Fitzpatrick (0-1), Jamie Drury, Lawson Obular (1-2).
Sub:- Cathal Lynam for D Kelly (half-time).
Referee: Eamon O’Connor (Offaly).
Full report and pictures in next week's Longford Leader, on sale Wednesday March 8