Friday 24 November 2017

Dublin PP Schools Junior Football C Final: Chanel class wins the day

Dynamic midfielder Davis drives Coolock school to deserved victory

Chanel College celebrate their victory over St Paul's
Chanel College celebrate their victory over St Paul's
Chanel College celebrate their victory over St Paul's
Chanel v St Paul's
Keith Cooling, St Paul's is tackled by Chanel's Conor McKiernan
Karl Power, Chanel and Jack Geary, St Paul's fight for the ball
Chanel College (Back l-r) Stephen Payne, Mark Heron, Craig Lynch, Craig Nolan, Lee Croghan, Thomas Davis, Conor McKiernan, Adam Handbridge, Conor McLoughlin, Karl Power, Glenn Power, Rhys O'Connor, David Kendellan. (Front) Aaron McDonnell, Sean Trimble, Cian Byrne, John Keegan, Darragh Moore, Shane Murphy, Gavin Dunne, Adam McDonnell
St Paul's (Back, l-r) Sorin Botnaru, Shane Leahy, Shane O Seadgha, Keith Cooling, Cian Staffod, Sean Farrell, Jack Kelly. (Front) Karl Fox, Jack Geary, John Carubig, Darragh Greene, Josh Rooney, Kevin Byrne, Luke Magner, Ross Coyle
Mark Heron, Chanel shoots under pressure from St Paul's Cian Stafford
Thomas Davis, Chanel, in a clash with St Paul's Jack Kelly
Jack Kelly, St Paul's tackles Chanel's Karl Power
Thomas Davis' shot for Chanel is deflected past St Paul's keeper Josh Rooney
Cian Byrne, Chanel takes a blow in a challenge with St Paul's Karl Fox

AN EXCEPTIONAL performance from midfielder Thomas Davis was the highlight at the DCU Sportsgrounds last Friday afternoon, when Chanel College secured the Dublin Post-Primary Schools Junior Football 'C' title at the expense of St Paul's College.

Davis was ably-assisted on the day by his midfield partner Mark Heron, who opened the scoring against the Raheny outfit with a fine third-minute point. However, Davis kick-started his own individual tally with an expertly-converted free moments later, and following an edgy period of play from both sides, he found the back of Josh Rooney's net with a deflected effort on the stroke of 15 minutes.

After the dynamic Craig Lynch added a brace of points, the towering Heron increased Chanel's advantage to all of ten points by palming home a '45'.

Paul's had struggled to make an impact in attack, but thanks to a 25th minute goal by full-forward Keith Cooling, as well as points from John Catubig and Shane Leahy, they had reduced their deficit to five (2-4 to 1-2) by the start of the second period.

Yet, Paul's couldn't maintain the momentum they had developed prior to the interval, and six minutes after the restart, their Coolock opponents had firmly reinforced their superiority. Points from Stephen Pyne and Davis were warning signs for the Paul's rearguard, and when Davis carved through for an outstanding individual goal in the 36th minute, Chanel had restored their double-figures cushion. Surprisingly, it would be another 21 minutes before Chanel added to their account, but Jack Kelly and Karl Fox points were all that Paul's could muster during this barren spell from their counterparts. Lively Paul's forward Ross Coyle did get his name on the scoresheet before the end, but earlier scores from the influential duo of Davis and Heron were enough to ease the impressive Chanel College towards victory.

Scorers - Chanel College: T Davis 2-3 (0-1f), M Heron 1-2, C Lynch 0-2 (1f), S Pyne 0-1. St Paul's College: K Cooling 1-0, S Leahy (f), J Catubig, J Kelly, K Fox, R Coyle 0-1 each.

CHANEL COLLEGE: L Croghan; R O'Connor, C McKiernan, C McLoughlin; C Nolan, K Power, A Handbridge; M Heron, T Davis; G Dunne, C Lynch, S Pyne; D Moore, C Byrne, S Murphy. Subs: S Trimble for Moore, J Keegan for Murphy (both 40), A McDonnell for Pyne (58).

ST PAUL'S COLLEGE: J Rooney; G Jackson, S Botnaru, S Farrelly; D Green, S O Seadgha, K Fox; J Kelly, C Stafford; K Byrne, R Coyle, J Geary; J Catubig, K Cooling, S Leahy. Subs: L Magner for Catubig (59), Catubig for Geary (60).

Referee: D Deasy (Ballymun Kickhams).

Chanel College 3-8

St Paul's College 1-5

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