Thursday 14 December 2017

Costello steps up for Rís glory

Deadly Dublin minor picks off éanna



Minor dual star Cormac Costello was to the fore in Parnell Park last Friday afternoon as his 0-10 tally helped Ardscoil Rís towards a thrilling extra-time victory over Coláiste éanna in a hard-fought and action-packed Dublin Schools Senior Football 'B' decider.

Playing into a strong breeze, Rís got the scoring underway with a well-taken point from corner-forward Greg Murphy, but éanna soon cancelled this out with a similar score from Neil Jordan

This was added to by the first goal of the game five minutes in, as Colm Basquel rose above Rís netminder Luke Carey to flick Sean Keller's long delivery to the net.


It was a set-back to the Rís challenge, but they looked like getting a goal of their own when Shane Barrett was put through by centre-forward Gavin Burke, only to crash his effort against the bar with the goal wide open.

Rís didn't let their heads drop, though, and they hit back with unanswered scores from Costello (three) and Conor Dolan, before éanna levelled matters up with an 18th-minute point from Flood.

Rís would add six more points before the half's end from Murphy (two), Costello (two), Sean Heaney and Sean O'Meara, but Flood showed great soccer skill to shoot past Carey on 30 minutes, which meant that éanna only trailed by three points (0-11 to 2-2) heading into the second period.


Carey's goal proved to be a major boost to éanna's challenge, as they really came to life after the restart, hitting 1-3 without reply in the opening 10 minutes. A goal and two points of this haul came from Costello's opposite number and inter-county team-mate Niall Scully, who finished brilliantly past the stranded Carey on 34 minutes from an angle on the right.

Barrett did finally break the cycle with a well-taken point on 43 minutes, but further éanna scores from the impressive Scully and half-back Ryan Gillen gave the Ballyroan school a four-point advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.

The game now looked like it was heading away from Rís, but a brace of frees from Costello and a point from play by Craig Brennan gave them a fighting chance heading into the final moments, before a Burke point deep in stoppage time meant that it would take a further 20 minutes to decide the outright winner of this decider.

Heading into extra-time, Rís had momentum on their side, and they held a three-point lead (0-21 to 3-9) at the mid-way stage thanks to three more points from the influential Costello and one from the always dangerous Murphy.


éanna did keep in touch with a second Jordan point, but Ardscoil (who had strong performances in defence from Shane Ruane and captain Sean O'Keeffe) were in firm control at this stage, and a final score from a free by Heaney was more than enough to send the Griffith Avenue school's vocal support into raptures.

SCORERS -- Ardscoil Rís: C Costello 0-10 (7f), G Murphy 0-5, S Heaney 0-2 (0-2f), C Brennan, C Dolan, G Burke, S O'Meara, S Barrett 0-1 each. Coláiste éanna: N Scully 1-4 (0-4f), A Flood 1-1, C Basquel 1-0, N Jordan 0-2, R Gillen, A Waters 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RíS: L Carey; M Moore, S Ruane, C Mullins; S O'Keeffe, J Collins, L Casserly; C Costello, C Brennan; C Dolan, G Burke, S Heaney; S O'Meara, S Barrett, G Murphy. Subs: P Kelly for Dolan (40), R Lenehan for Casserly (77).

COLáISTE éANNA: L Molloy; J McGrath, T Hanafin, T McGrath; B Higgins, S Keller, R Gillen; N Scully, A Waters; D Kilduff, A Flood, C Flaherty; C Basquel, N Jordan, S McDonald. Subs: D Doyle for Hanafin (24-29, blood sub), K Hughes for McGrath (45), F Maguire for Keller (60), B Morton for J McGrath (61), Doyle for Flaherty (69), Flaherty for Basquel (72).

REFEREE: Gary McCormack (Naomh Barróg).

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