Longford GAA Secretary Peter O'Reilly presenting the North Leinster Juvenile 'C' Shield to Padraig Boyle, captain of the victorious Cnoc Mhuire Granard U-14 football team Picture: Declan Gilmore
A strong second half performance saw Cnoc Mhuire Granard claim the North Leinster Post-Primary Schools U-14 ‘C’ football title with a fine win over Longford rivals Mercy Ballymahon in an entertaining final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Thursday.
Cnoc Mhuire Granard . . . 3-13
Mercy Ballymahon Secondary School . . . 4-2
The Granard school, who led by 1-6 to 2-1 at the break, dominated the game for large periods but found themselves down by five points at one stage in the first half and by four in the early stages of the second half with Ballymahon SS scoring four goals.
Gowna lad Daire Madden was instrumental in the comeback with Harry Kiernan also playing his part in the Cnoc Mhuire success as they came out on top by eight points in the finish.
CNOC MHUIRE GRANARD: Cillian Brady; Daniel Farrell, Fionn Hartin, Solomon Eduard; Liam Fagan, Cian Halton, Michael Murphy; Eoghan Hartin, Padraig Boyle (1-0); Sean Hartin, Darragh McConnon (0-1), Daire Madden (0-8, 3fs, 1’45); Ian Maguire (0-2), Daniel Rooney, Harry Kiernan (2-2)
Sub:- John Boyle for D Rooney (34 mins).
MERCY BALLYMAHON SECONDARY SCHOOL: Cian Hughes; Kevin Byrne, Peter Ballesty, Ryan Casey; Chris Killian, Sean Dillon, Aidan Mulvihill; Dan O’Shea, Shaun McGrath; Steven Bawle, Dan Egan, Josh Kelly; Eoin Kinlan (3-0), Conor Hogan, Ross Doherty (1-2)
Subs:- Daniel Devlin for K Byrne and Liam Glennon for C Killian (28 mins); Oliver Manser for S Blake (45 mins).
Referee: Eamon O’Connor (Offaly).