Cnoc Mhuire – 3-10
Ballymahon VS – 2-5
Second half goals scored by midfielder Liam Wilson and corner-forward Jordan Martin proved decisive as Cnoc Mhuire, Granard beat Ballymahon Vocational in the Longford/Westmeath Post Primary Schools Senior Football Section ‘A’ League Final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Friday last.
While Cnoc Mhuire had the comfortable margin of eight points to spare in the finish, it was a much closer contest than the final scoreline would appear to suggest as Ballymahon VS were guilty of some very poor finishing in shooting a total of 17 wides (including frees) during the course of the game.
In fact, the south Longford school ended up leading by 1-4 to 1-2 at the break thanks to a rather fortunate goal from centre-half-back Michael Cahill whose shot deceived the Cnoc Mhuire keeper Tom Meehan as the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Conor Dillon (two frees), Thomas McGann (driving a rasping shot over the bar in a goal attempt) and Aidan McGuire accounted for the Ballymahon VS points in the first half while Cian McElligott (brother of the Mullinalaghta players Ruairi, Aidan and Conor) finished a point-blank shot to the net when bang on target for Cnoc Mhuire in the 13th minute.
Cian Madden fired over a couple of frees for the Granard school, who made a strong to the second half to register four points in a row - a brace from Madden (free and play) with wing back Ciaran Reilly (a cracking strike from a tight angle) and Jordan Martin also on the mark.
That left Cnoc Mhuire leading by 1-6 to 1-4 but Ballymahon VS regained the lead with a goal from full-forward Kyle Kenny in the 38th minute.
Almost immediately Cormac Reilly kicked over the equalising point for Cnoc Mhuire, who proceeded to step up another gear in adding a further 1-2 to their tally with the points coming from Cian Madden and wing back Ryan O’Reilly and Liam Wilson pouncing on the breaking ball to score the goal from a few yards out in the 42nd minute.
Ballymahon VS hit back with a fine point from defender Eoin McCormack who surged forward to shoot over the bar but Cnoc Mhuire regained the upper hand to score another 1-1.
Ryan O’Reilly landed his second point before the killer blow was struck when Jordan Martin scored the third goal for the title winners in the 52nd minute.
CNOC MHUIRE GRANARD: Tom Meehan; Dylan Cassidy, Edward Smyth, Darren Shiels; Ryan O’Reilly (0-2), Daire Duggan, Ciaran Reilly (0-1); PJ Masterson, Liam Wilson (1-0); Sean Cadden, Cian Madden (0-5, three frees), Eoin Sheridan; Jordan Martin (1-1), Cian McElligott (1-0), Cormac Reilly (0-1).
Subs:- Mel Brady for E Sheridan (50 mins); Jordan Shiels for D Shiels (55 mins).
BALLYMAHON VOCATIONAL SCHOOL: Paddy Murray; Patrick Hernandez, Adam Doherty, Justin McCormack; Eoin McCormack (0-1), Michael Cahill (1-0), Shane Farrell; Conor Dillon (0-2, frees), Dylan Horkan; Conor Flood, Thomas Lennon, Thomas McGann (0-1); Shane Coughlan, Kyle Kenny (1-0), Aidan McGuire (0-1).
Subs:- Aaron Tiernan for D Horkan (39 mins); Jack Dempsey for T McGann (56 mins).
Referee: Gerard Egan (Legan Sarsfields).