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Road to Croker - Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Championships Updates

posted 28 Mar 2013, 09:18 by Unknown user

Road to Croker - Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Championships Updates

THE performance of young hat-trick hero Darragh Lyons and his Dungarvan Colleges side in Tuesday’s Masita All-Ireland Colleges senior hurling ‘A’ competition has set the GAA world alight.

As the Waterford senior intercounty team sets the pace in Division 1A of the national league, so too do their Dungarvan Colleges representatives in the Hogan Cup.

Their complete demolition of giants and current Leinster finalists St Kieran’s Colleges at Carriganore was unprecedented. The WIT campus stood up defiantly to the horrific weather conditions currently being endured and despite the Baltic climate large crowds made their way to this game.

But the result was almost sealed in the first quarter. Indeed, after just 23 minutes the combined colleges’ led 4-3-0-5, courtesy of Lyons’ hat-trick.

The shell-shocked Kilkenny youngsters managed to grab a point back before the break but they must have realised the second half was going to be a monumental climb in a snowswept Carriganore.

And their hopes of a comeback were duly gutted when Ryan Donnelly nabbed the Waterford side’s fifth goal to make it an incredible 5-4 – 0-8 after 35 minutes as the large attendance stood in awe at their display of shooting.

With 13 minutes left 10 points seperated the teams and those goals had by then proved to be something of a comfort blanket as Dungarvan qualified to play Kilkenny CBS in the All-Ireland final – and did so with much to spare.

Meanwhile, there wasn’t all that much excitement in the Masita All-Ireland VS senior hurling ‘A’ semi-final either. Weather disruptions moved the game from Templemore to Boherlahan as St Brigid’s, Loughrea, took on Ballyhale’s Scoil Airegeal and beat them handsomely to qualify for the All-Ireland final against St Fergal’s, Rathdowney.

It was a comprehensive display from the Loughrea side who had established their 2-11 – 0-7 winning margin by the third quarter of the game.

Once more Loughrea looked to their star players, the likes of Brian Molloy, the excellent Eanna Burke, Daniel Nevin and Brian Dolan for inspiration. And just like their 4-17 – 0-10 win over Athenry VS in the Connacht final they had little trouble reaching the decider.

This afternoon Gallen C.S. Ferbane out-gunned Coachford College in the re-arranged Vocational Schools Junior Football Semi-Final on a scoreline of 5-11 to 2-7 in Clonmel. The Offaly school now face St.Mark’s Warrenpoint in the final on Saturday April 6th.

The action continues into the weekend. There’s only one final to be decided on Saturday but it’s a big one nonetheless – the Masita All Ireland C football showpiece between Scoil Mhuire or Strokestown and St Augustine’s of Dungarvan. The game takes place at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge at 2pm and promises to be one of the most exciting fixtures on the post-primary calendar.

The Roscommon side come into the final on the back of a very healthy 2-12 - 1-3 win over Nolan Cup winners St Joseph’s, Donaghmore, and were well on their way to the final by half time after establishing a 10-point lead. They have a reliable free-taker which helps any team. Martin Conway’s place-kicking settles them last time out while Thomas Corcoran, David Carlton, Tadgh O’Rourke and Keelan Beirne are all capable of weighing in with scores.

St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, meanwhile, had a tougher route to this juncture. They defeated Ardee Community School by 1-12 to 1-8 at Dr. Cullen Park Carlow, but were pushed all the way by the Louth team. Eight of their players have had extremely demanding schedules this season, having played with Dungarvan Colleges in the ‘A’ hurling championship.

Again, like Scoil Mhuire worrying about their untested semi-final, it remains to be seen whether the Waterford team’s flat-out schedule will work for or against them. The unity and togetherness could get them over the finishing line, or with Dungarvan Colleges also in the thick of the ‘A’ hurling championship they could simply run out of puff.

While this final will command serious attention, pride of place on this weekend’s calendar surely goes to the Masita All-Ireland Colleges senior football ‘A’ semi-finals.

These two games – the meeting of Pobalscoil Corcha Dhuibhne and St Pat’s of Navan at Nenagh at 1.30pm this Saturday and the clash of St Gerald’s, Castlebar and St Pat’s, Maghera, at Brewster Park (3pm) promise to be absolute belters.

St Pat’s, Navan’s Leinster final win over the reigning Leinster and All-Ireland champions St Mary's, Edenderry, was wholly deserved and they come to this semi-final in serious form.

Niall McCabe’s 21st minute goal put the Meath lads in front in that clash and an opportunist goal and Colm O'Rourke's side finished the stronger, with unanswered points from substitute Robert Keelaghan, corner-forward Niall Lyons and impressive centre-back Niall Kane to get to this level.

St Pat’s, Maghera, meanwhile, St Patrick’s Maghera bridged a 10-year gap to win their 13th MacRory Cup title when they held off a spirited St Paul’s, Bessbrook, side in a thrilling Ulster decider. Maghera looked home and hosed but Bessbrook never relented and it took an outstanding save from St Pat’s ‘keeper Ciaran McCloy to deny their opponents. Their meeting with St Gerald’s should be one of the games of the season.

The action doesn’t end there as also two exciting semi-finals must also be played in the Masita VS senior football ‘A’ competition.

Davitt College, Castlebar, take on Holy Trinity, Cookstown, at Brewster Park at 1.30pm while Clonakilty CC tackle Colaiste Mhuire, Granard, at Sean Tracey Park, Tipperary Town at 2pm.

Meanwhile, the Masita All-Ireland senior football ‘B’ semi- finals also go ahead. St Attracta’s, Tubbercurry, take on St Michael’s, Lurgan, at Derrylin in Fermanagh while Naas CBS play Our Lady’s, Templemore, at Gracefield in Offaly at 2pm. Our Lady’s feature top class players like Colin O’Riordan and John McGrath and will be all out to make up for their recent Colleges hurling set-back. Naas had a stand-out win over Portlaoise CBS in the South Leinster final and will look to their in-form attackers Chris Julian and John O’Brien for inspiration against the Tipp side.



EANA Burke has been one of top performers all season for St Brigid’s, Loughrea. Even though summer has not yet arrived Eana will be seeking his second All-Ireland medal of 2013 when his school plays St Fergal’s, Rathdowney in the VS Senior ‘A’ final. Eana won his first medal of the season when he and his brothers helped St Thomas’ beat Kilcormac-Killoughey in the All-Ireland club final on St Patrick’s Day.




The age of Dungarvan College’s hat-trick hero Darragh Lyons who last Tuesday propelled his team to the Masita All-Ireland Colleges ‘A’ final against Kilkenny CBS.





Saturday March 30th 2013

          Extra-time if necessary in all fixtures.


Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges Senior Football ‘C’ Final


Scoil Mhuire Strokestown v St.Augustine’s Dungarvan

          St.Conleth’s Park Newbridge 2.00pm

Fergal Barry (Cill Dara)


Masita GAA All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior Football ‘A’ Semi- Finals


Davitt College Castlebar v Holy Trinity Cookstown


Brewster Park, Enniskillen 1.30pm

Eamonn O’Grady (Liatroim)


Clonakilty Community College v Cnoc Mhuire Granard


Sean Tracey Park, Tipperary Town 2.00pm

Michael Meade (Luimneach)


Masita GAA All-Ireland Colleges Senior Football ‘A’ Semi- Finals


Pobalscoil Corcha Dhuibhne v St.Patrick’s Classical School Navan


Nenagh 1.30pm


Rory Hickey (An Clár)



St.Gerald’s Castlebar v St.Pat’s Maghera        


Brewster Park Enniskillen 3.00pm


Noel Mooney (An Cabhán)

(Standby: Shaun McLaughlin (Dún na nGall))


Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior Football ‘B’ Semi- Finals


St. Attracta’s Tubbercurry v St.Michael’s Lurgan


Derrylin GAA Club,Fermanagh 2.00pm

Martin Higgins (Fear Manach)



Naas CBS v Our Lady’s Templemore


Gracefield GAA Club, Offaly 2.00pm


Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)