Wednesday 21 March 2018

Rís rekindle glory era with cup win

Marino side overcome Portlaoise for Leinster 'B' success

AS John Sheahan might say, Marino is waltzing again.

The bunting is flying high once more on the majestic Griffith Avenue. The famed Ardscoil Rís are back in clover.

They beat Portlaoise CBS in a St Conleth's Park thriller last Friday to bring home the Newbridge silver - the Leinster Senior 'B' Football Championship title.

"It's our first Leinster title of any description since 1991," declares Alan O'Connor, a teacher at the school and a leading Dublin GAA official.

"It's marvellous to see Ardscoil winning trophies again, not just for the college itself but for Dublin as a whole," adds Alan.

Ardscoil have a deep pedigree. Back in 1979 they won the Hogan Cup, the All-Ireland Senior Colleges 'A' Football prize. They were the first Dublin team to secure that crown in 20 years.


The previous victors were St Joseph's, Fairview in 1959. In '79, the Dubliners had to endure a replay before overcoming St Jarlath's of Tuam in the final.

And all these years later, Ardscoil are still testing the nerves of their followers!

"Yes, they put us through the mill again, as they did in the Dublin championship," smiles Alan.

"We were two points down to Ciarán Kilkenny's Scoil Caitriona in the Dublin semi-final with time running out when Shane Barrett smashed the ball to the net. Then in the Dublin final against Coláiste éanna, we were chasing the game for the entire way before we managed to force extra-time and eventually won by 0-22 to 3-9.

"Friday was no different. We trailed by three points with five minutes to go, but we kicked the last four points of the game." Three of those points came from Dublin minor Cormac Costello. Greg Murphy also did much scoring damage.

Dublin football minor, Gavin Burke, excelled at midfield with Craig Brennan, while captain, Seán O'Keefe, Jack Collins and Liam Casserly were solid all year in the half-back line. Alan paid tribute to the management duo, Fiachra Colgan and Ronan Coone, who also guided Ardscoil to their second successive Dublin Hurling U16 'A' title earlier this season.

"That same group also reached the Dublin 'A' football final, having won that title the previous year also," said Alan.

"With the under-14s also having a memorable year in football and hurling, Ardscoil are enjoying a banner year."

All around the Malahide Road, the faithful are saying - let the good times continue to roll.

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