Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Rock resurrect themselves for provincial glory

The Leinster Junior cup was won by a determined Blackrock team, who survived near elimination at the group stage to completely turn their fortunes around.

Losing their opening fixture to St Peter's of Dunboyne, Blackrock's second went right to the wire as they clung on to oust Marian College 8-7.

The second group saw St Joseph's Cabra win against a gallant St Michael's College, 4-2.

This then led to a losers' play-off ,which saw Michael's go down 4-2 to Marian.

The scene was set for the first semi-final -- Blackrock and St Joseph's, Cabra. This was Blackrock's chance to get their cup campaign back on track. Lawlor brothers Ben and captain Harry were to the fore in their 4-0 victory.

The second semi-final saw Marian against the favourites and last year's finalists St Peter's.

The latter held off a late fightback to prevail on a scoreline of 5-4, having led 5-1 at the interval, and set up a repeat of the day's curtain raiser.

The final was a very close affair, with both teams playing cautiously. Tiernan and Cillian Colvin used their speed to finally break the 'Rock resistance. But the Lawlor brothers gradually grew in influence for the Dublin boys and they ensured the sides were level entering the final quarter.

Blackrock's chance came in the third minute with the prolific Ben Lawlor finding the back of the net -- his 10th goal of the tournament, making him the top scorer.

This was added to by Shane Carney to leave the score at the end 6-4 and Blackrock left St Peter's as runners-up for the second year running.

In the aftermath, winning manager Kevin Healy paid tribute to his team: "It was a tremendous match a great tournament," he said. "The lads looked like they were going out of the tournament but then bounced back with great style to win today." Blackrock College: A Ryan, S Herlihy, M Sheehy, A Cullen, R O'Leary, H Lawlor (captain), B Lawlor, S Duff, S Carney; K Healy (coach).

St Peter's, Dunboyne: O O'Dwyer, T Colvin, C Colvin, S O'Neill, L Kane, J Reilly, J Whelan, C Quinn; G Dunne (coach).

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