Eoin give no quarter
Stillorgan flyers make short work of Muire
COLAISTE EOIN 2-11 COLAISTE MHUIRE, MULLINGAR 0-5
CLASSY Coláiste Eoin made light work of a disappointing Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar in recording a 12-point victory in their Leinster Colleges Senior Football ‘A' Championship quarter-final at Silver Park last Saturday afternoon.
In doing so, the gaelscoil mirrored the achievements of their hurling counterparts, who face St Kieran's, Kilkenny in the
semi-final of the hurling championship in Dr Cullen Park on Sunday.
There was much to admire in the manner that Coláiste Eoin grabbed the initiative from the opening minute, and bar a sticky period at the opening of the second half, their dominance was rarely in question with impressive individual displays from Cillian Ó Fearghail, Roibeard Mac Dáibhéid, Lúc Ó Treasaigh and Conal Ó Néill.
Dublin minor Matias Mac Donncha handed the Stillorgan side a welcome start with an excellent point within 20 seconds but some over-elaboration in defence was punished as Mullingar levelled matters through a Dara Lyons free in the seventh minute.
An Ó Néill free restored Coláiste Eoin's lead four minutes later, and the powerful corner forward showed his prowess at the end of the first quarter when he received Colm Ó Cróinín's handpass before unleashing an unstoppable shot to the top left corner of Adam Smith's goal.
Points ensued from Ó Néill and Mac Dáibhéid as the hosts assumed control of affairs and, despite a cracking score on the counter-attack by Mhuire's Shane Dempsey, three points in as many minutes from Ó Néill, Mac Dáibhéid and Mac Donncha ensured a healthy 1-7 to 0-2 interval lead for the Dublin school.
The visitors improved immediately upon the restart with Lyons and Dempsey landing sumptuous points to reduce their side's deficit as Coláiste Eoin struggled to replicate the intensity of the earlier exchanges.
Driven on by Ó Fearghail, Oisín Breathnach and substitute Cian Ó Ceallacháin, the home side suddenly began to click into gear with Dáithí Ó Cathmhaoil ending a scoreless period of 15 minutes with a glorious point on the turn.
Two further scores arrived from the talented full-forward in the following four minutes, but the tie was effectively settled 12 minutes from time when Ó Cróinín spotted the in-rushing Oisin Ó Ruairc and the dual player made no mistake in finding the net with a left-footed cross shot from 10 metres.
Fittingly, Ó Néill tagged on Eoin's final score of a more than satisfactory afternoon's work but with much work to do before they can replicate their provincial success in the U16 equivalent two years ago.
SCORERS - Coláiste Eoin: C Ó Néill 1-4 (0-1f), D Ó Cathmhaoil 0-3 (0-1f), O Ó Ruairc 1-0, M Mac Donncha, R Mac Dáibhéid (0-1 '45') 0-2. Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar: S Dempsey 0-3 (0-1f), D Lyons 0-2 (0-1f).
COLáISTE EOIN: L Ó Ceallaigh; C Ó Fainín, L Ó Treasaigh, S Ó Caomhánaigh; J Clintiún, E Ó Dochartaigh, C Ó Fearghail; O Breathnach, R Mac Dáibhéid; R Ó Meachar, M Mac Donncha, C Ó Cróinín; C Ó Néill, D Ó Cathmhaoil, O Ó Ruairc. Subs: C Ó Ceallacháin for Ó Meachar (39), F Motherway for Ó Néill and C Ó Duibhir for Ó Fainín (58).
COLáISTE MHUIRE, MULLINGAR: A Smith; M Cox, B Flynn, J Ledwith; S Dinnegan, C Quinn, PJ McGuire; D McDermott, D Lyons; L Loughlin, K Daly, D Whelan; C Coroon, S Dempsey, N Harrison. Subs: E Siod for Ledwith and G Flanagan for Cox (half-time), D Keena for Harrison and C Shanley for Whelan (55).
REF: Alan Lagrue (Kildare).