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Corn Chumann na nGael Match Report

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Corn Chumann na nGael Match Report

Our senior boys team created a bit of history on Wednesday last (Oct. 21st 2015) by becoming the first team in the history of the school to win a Senior Football Championship Final. The match was played in autumnal conditions in Croke Park before a crowd of enthusiastic Saint Attracta’s supporters.

Saint Patrick’s Boys’ National School, Drumcondra provided the opposition and both teams served up an outstanding game of high quality football. The match began at a furious pace with St. Pat’s taking an early lead. Towering midfielder, John Clair got St. Attracta’s off the mark with a well taken point from a placed ball. Further frees and an exquisite sideline from Clair settled Attracta’s into the match before a long range effort from Patrick Bates caught the Pat’s keeper off guard and landed in the back of the net. St. Pat’s replied quickly with a fine goal of their own leaving the sides level 1-4 apiece after twenty minutes.

Attracta’s, however, finished the first half strongly. Two excellent scores from play from the right boot of Oisín McHugh and the left boot of Rory Garvey meant that Attracta’s went in at the break with a slender two point advantage.

 H-T Score: St. Attracta’s 1-6 St. Pat’s 1-4

Attracta’s began the second half with real intent and took control around the middle with both John Clair and Patrick Keyes to the fore. Clair sent over another long range free directly after half time which was quickly followed by an excellent score from Oisín McHugh, this time off his left boot. Attracta’s dominated the exchanges during this period of the game with their backs making some vital interceptions and blocks in a fantastic display of disciplined defending. Rory Garvey and John Clair swapped points with St. Pat’s before Patrick Keyes sold a great dummy and kicked a fine score off his left boot, pushing the lead out to four for the first time.. Another free from Garvey and then a three pointer from Matthew Keogh meant that Attracta’s were eight points up with seven minutes remaining.

To their credit however, St. Pat’s never gave up and were rewarded for their endeavour with two goals in quick succession. This led to a frantic final five minutes with Attracta’s struggling to stem Pat’s momentum. Indeed, Pat’s struck the crossbar with a ferocious shot which subsequently went over the bar with two minutes left to reduce the deficit to the minimum. Attracta’s responded with a great score from an acute angle by Rory Garvey but Pat’s refused to yield and replied with a good score to again put only a point between the sides.

In the final moments, Attracta’s won a sideline and from an almost impossible angle, Clair kicked his seventh point of the game in an imperious display of free-taking. On the subsequent kick out, the referee blew the final whistle to extraordinary scenes of joy and delight among the St. Attracta’s players and supporters. The Cumann na nGael (Div. 3) Cup was presented to team captain Charlie Boyle under the Cusack Stand as both teams were treated to a warm round of applause from both sets of supporters.

It was a fantastic team effort from the players and they showed tremendous desire, courage and skill to get over the line. The team were superbly led from the back by their captain Charlie Boyle whose long kick outs and cool head under pressure were a feature of the game. The full back line of Conor Dunne, Matthew Naughton and Luke Ryan never put a foot wrong all day and were ably assisted in defence by Matthew Gardener, Adam Crowe and Rory Colgan. The half back line were outstanding throughout and played an important role in stopping the runs of a formidable Pat’s midfield duo. The midfield partnership of John Clair and Patrick Keyes really set the tone for the victory with their clever use of the ball and phenomenal work rate around the middle. The half forward line of Patrick Bates, Dan Coughlan and Oisín McHugh worked tirelessly throughout both in defence and attack and their fitness and intelligent link play was crucial to the team’s success. The inside line of Rory Garvey, Matthew Keogh and Angelo Marcello along with substitute Eoin Hosey made endless runs throughout the match and competed brilliantly against an excellent Pat’s full back-line. A special mention to other panel members Ryan D’Arcy, Taylor Williams and Aaron Corless who did not feature in the final but all made important contributions in earlier matches in the campaign.

F-T Score: St. Attracta’s 2-15 St. Pat’s 3-10

St Attracta’s Team and Scorers

C. Boyle, C. Dunne, M. Naughton, L. Ryan, R. Cogan, A. Crowe, M. Gardener, J. Clair (0-7 5f, 2sl), P. Keyes (0-1), P. Bates (1-0), D. Coughlan, O. McHugh (0-2), R. Garvey (0-5, 2f), M. Keogh (1-0), A. Marcella

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