Castletroy College 8 – 9
John the Baptist Community School Hospital 5 – 3
The 1st Year Schools’ County Football final, played in Claughan, on 10th February gave Castletroy the opportunity to earn the rewards for a long year’s preparation.
After a few nervous opening minutes Castletroy settled down to the task in hand and put together some good moves to create good scoring opportunities and were domi
nant throughout the field. All of the forwards played well getting on the scoreboard with a combined score of 5 – 5.
Ronan Murphy led the attack and was well supported by both wing forwards and Andy Cosgrave at full forward. Centre field pairing of Barry Nash and Ed Doyle worked tirelessly scoring 1 – 4 and were part of all the attacks. The backs were impressive as a unit and worked hard in defence of their lines.
Hurling Final Score: Castletroy College 7 – 12
Ard Scoil Rís 3 – 5
In the County Colleges 1st year Hurling Final at Monaleen, Castletroy College claimed the title at the expense of Ard Scoil Rís. This was a very tough and entertaining encounter but Castletroy was the superior side throughout.
Edward Doyle and John Nicholas led the attack and a great point from Nicholas in the opening minute set the Castletroy boys on their way. Ard Scoil Rís stayed in touch throughout the opening half and were still in the game at the break trailing 2 – 6 to 1 – 5.
A great save by Jack Banks in the early stages sent a clear message that the defence was not going to concede scores easily. Castletroy went on to score 5 – 6 in the second half to Ard Scoil Rís’s 2 goals from placed balls. With a very balanced side, Castletroy dominated the second half and with such talented hurlers like Andy Cosgrave, Ronan Murphy, Lorcan Lyons, Barry Nash, Tom and Paddy Morrissey, John Nicholas, Ed Doyle and Conor Fleming the future for this hurling team looks very promising.