Terenure hold off Kevin's to complete Quinlan Shield win
Terenure Col 4-14
St Kevin's CBS 4-8
TERENURE COLLEGE maintained its progress in the Gaelic football world with a thrilling success against a brave St Kevin's CBS in the Tom Quinlan Shield Football Final on Tuesday.
Renowned as a rugby-playing school, Terenure has really developed its GAA wing in recent years under the guidance of ex-Wexford footballer Philip Wallace.
This final success follows up on a plate win at the same grade last year.
With impressive displays from midfielder John Burke and the forwards, Lorcan O'Dea, Brian Bobbett and Owen Shortt, Wallace has a fine group of players to work with at Terenure.
However, St Kevin's can be rightly proud of the display they gave as several of their players caught the eye.
Mini-dynamos David Bolger, Dean Draper and Nathan Keenan were excellent, while Latvian corner-back Edgar Druekalns stood out.
The performance of goalkeeper Eric Cumberton will live long in the memory as he produced a string of remarkable stops to keep his side in the game.
Shortt and Bobbett had scored early points to give Terenure the advantage before Cumberton made two brilliant stops to deny Bobbett and Seamus Owens in the opening five minutes.
St Kevin's were unlucky to see a powerful strike from Paddy Judge smash off an upright and into the hands of Terenure keeper Rory Gallagher in the ninth minute.
Michael Haddock nicked a point and O'Dea drilled in a fine goal to put the Southsiders 1-3 to no score ahead by the 13th minute, but St Kevin's showed great resolve to get back in the game.
Draper and Judge added neat points and Bobbett responded with another Terenure point before Cumberton made his third top-class save to deny Bobbett again and keep the Northsiders in the tie.
Cumberton surpassed that save with a stunning stop to deny Owens from point-blank range, and it inspired his side to counter as Robert Whelan pointed a free and Draper drilled a fine goal.
Even in first-half injury time Cumberton continued the heroics, somehow turning a low, goal-bound shot from Hogan up and over the crossbar.
Terenure started the second half much stronger, with O'Dea and Shortt stretching their lead to five points, before substitute keeper David Curran made an impressive save from Owens.
Bolger scored a lovely point for Kevin's before Kevin Kelly bagged a fine goal to put just one point between them -- Terenure leading 1-8 to 2-4 at this stage.
O'Dea then had a major influence for his side. He bagged 1-2 in a short period of time, then hit the post with a low strike that came back to Hogan, and he found the net. Terenure now led by nine points.
Terenure were leading 4-14 to 2-6 in the 58th minute but Kevin's produced a remarkable finish, where goals by Keenan and Cian Wheatley and a Judge point saw them trail by just six points in the end.
It was a fittingly frantic finish to what had been a pulsating final.
Scorers -- Terenure College: L O'Dea (2-4), O Hogan (1-2), B Bobbett (1-2), O Shortt (0-5), M Haddock (0-1). ST Kevin's CBS: K Kelly (1-1), C Wheatley (1-0), D Draper (1-1), N Keenan (1-0), P Judge (0-2), E King (0-1), D Bolger (0-1); D Victory (0-1), R Whelan (0-1).
TERENURE COLLEGE: Rory Gallagher; Eoin Wigglesworth, Gavin Kenny, Tim McGovern; Conor Seery, Seamus Owens, Gareth Crowley; Owen Shortt, John Burke; Michael Haddock, Lorcan O'Dea, Darragh Kerr; Oisin Hogan, Brian Bobbett, Fergal Moran. Subs: Gary O'Reilly for Moran 21 mins; Daniel Marshall for McGovern 30; Conor Pender for Hogan 57; Donal O'Hara for Seery 57.
ST KEVIN'S CBS: Eric Cumberton; Ryan O'Leary, Luke Fenton, Edgar Druekalns; Dean O'Brien, Ed King, David Bolger; Kevin Kelly, Ciaran Staunton; Cian Wheatley (1-0), David Victory (0-1), Robert Whelan; Dean Draper, Paddy Judge, Nathan Keenan. Subs: John Connaughton for Whelan 31; David Curran for Cumberton 31; Craig Mains for O'Leary 49; Cillian Murphy for Connaughton 50.
Referee: Jim Turner (Thomas Davis).