2019 Schools Finals Preview
The 2019 East Meath and South Louth Schools Finals take place this coming Friday 14th of June in Pairc Tailteann. Now in its 6th year, this years deciders have thrown up some great mouth watering ties.
Corn Cois Farraige Final: Throw In 10:30
The Corn Cois Farraige Final throws in at 10:30 and this will see Duleek Boys NS taking on Le Cheile Educate Together NS from the Marsh Road , Mornington. Its the first ever final for Le Cheile under the guidance of Clodagh Harney and Principal Fiona Rock as they take on the Duleek Boys NS who won the inaugural Cooney Cup back in 2014 but have found themselves demoted to Division 2 last year. Le Cheile have been in terrific form beating St Stephens NS in the semi-final whilst Duleek made light work of St Marys NS from Donore in their semi-final. This promises to be a very close game and whilst Duleek Boys NS have the tradition, one suspects Le Cheile could well run this all the away.
Jimmy Curran Cup Final: Throw In 11:45
The Jimmy Curran Cup Girls final will see St Marys PPS from Bryanstown taking on St Pats NS Stamullen. Both teams topped their respective 4 team groups and both came through very tight semi-final games to reach Fridays decider. On form St Pats probably have come through the more competitive semi-final with a 1 point win over Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa who were fancied by many to make the final. St Marys in turn saw off Scoil Sporaid Naomh from Bettystown by 3 points to make the decider. This will be another very tight game to call. St Pats may go in as slight favourites but St Marys PPS have some wonderful players and this game is another expected to go right down to the wire.
Cooney Cup Final: Throw In 1pm
This years renewal of the Cooney Cup Final pits the champions Realt Na Mara against local rivals Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa in what is a huge Derby match. For Realt Na Mara they are going for their 3rd Cooney Cup success having won it in 2016 and 2018. They have not had it all there own way this year and in fact these two teams drew 11 each in Round 3 of the Group stages. The Donacarney school have however the tradition and are backboned by some terrific players and coach Niall Arthur will be confident he can lead his school to yet another Cooney Cup Title. For Gaelscoil an Bhraain Feasa they are aiming for their first Cooney Cup title and saw off a wonderful side in Whitecross NS in an epic semi final encounter by 2 points. They have some wonderful players particularly going forward to give Realt Na Mara plenty to worry about. This game like the rest is very tight to call. Both teams have serious firepower and perhaps Realt Na Mara will go into this game as favourites. However it would be foolish to underestimate the Irish speaking boys from Gaelscoill an Bhradain Feasa and if they shoot the lights out like they did against Whitecross, the Cooney Cup could well end up on the Marsh Road.
Throw In Times
10:30 Corn Cois Farraige Final ( Div2) Duleek Boys NS V Le Cheile ( Mornington)
11:45 Jimmy Curran Cup Final ( Girls League) St Pats NS ( Stamullen) V St Marys PPS ( Bryanstown)
1:00 Cooney Cup Final ( Div1) Realt Na Mara Boys NS ( Donacarney) V Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa ( Mornington)
Realt Na Mara Boys NS 0-17 V Whitecross NS 0-9
News Report To Follow
Whitecross NS 1-19 (20) V Duleek Boys NS 0-4
2017 Cooney Champions signalled their intent for the 2018 season when they put in a scintillating performance against what was a decent Duleek side played in windy St Pats. 7 points a piece from the boot of Will Richardson and the very talented Ryan McBrearty put the Julianstown School on their way. They were aided by 1-1 from Sean Caldwell and 0-2 each from Michael Timmons and Ronan Quinn. This was a wonderful performance and with conducter and chief McBrearty pulling all the strings, Whitecross could well feel they can become the first school to perhaps target back to back Cooney Cup crowns.
Whitecross NS Scorers: Ryan McBrearty 0-7, Will Richardson 0-7, Sean Caldwell 1-1, Ronan Quinn 0-2, Michael Timmons 0-2
Duleek Boys NS Scorers: Karl Connor 0-1, Sam Heaney 0-1, Adam Cadell 0-1, D Murphy 0-1
Man of The Match – Ryan McBrearty. No end to this young mans talent and had Whitecross purring from start to finish in great performance
Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa 1-11 (12) V St Marys PPS 8-1(9)
Gaelscoil and Bhradain Feasa opened their 2018 Cooney Cup challenge when they took on St Mary’s PPS from Bryanstown. Playing against a strong win in the first half it was the Bryanstown boys who led at the break 6-0 (6) V 1-1 (2) courtesy of some fine play from Patrick Browne who netted 3 of his sides 6 goals in the opening period, whilst 1-1 came from the boot of Niall Kelly. The 2nd half saw the game turn on its head as the Gaelscoil slowly but surely cut the deficit. Scores from the Tadgh McCann-Duff 0-6, Daragh Reddy 0-2, Conor Christie 0-2 had them ahead by 4 with minutes to go before Paddy Browne hit another goal to leave 3 points in the contest at the end.
This was an even match with plenty of skill on show , ruined somewhat by the high wind. However both teams showed plenty to suggest they will be at the knockout stages this season
Gaelscoil Scorers: Tadgh McCann-Duff 0-6, Niall Kelly 1-1, Daragh Reddy 0-2, Conor Christie 0-2
St Marys Scorers: Patrick Browne 4-1, Ali 2-0, Lincoln Dollier 2-0
Man of The Match – Lincoln Dollier. On the losing side but lived up to pre match billing, the towering power house midfielder did not disappoint , kicked two goals and his range of kick passing was great to watch.
St Pats NS 2-4 (6) V Realt Na Mara 1-13(14)
Realt Na Mara last years beaten Cooney Cup Finalists took on St Pats NS in Round 1 of the Cooney Cup in game 3 in St Pats Stamullen. The Donacarney School raced into a 0-8 V 0-1 lead at the break, courtesy of Charlie Tunsted, Aidan Clarke and Jake Hough before some wonderful play from the Brennan’s Oisin and Conor saw them tag on 2 and 3 points respectively to lead by 7 at the break, the solitary St Pats score coming from the boot of Kobe George. The 2nd half was a more even affair with two scores from Bruno Benoit , Charlie Newton and two more from Kobe George did make a contest of this match . However Realt Na Mara kept their noses in front and 1-3 from Aidan Clarke, and points from Jake Hoch and Oisin Brennan saw the Donacarney boys take the points and win in the end by 8 points in what was a keenly contested Round 1 match
Realt Na Mara Scorers: Aidan Clarke 1-4, Oisin Brennan 0-4. Conor Brennan 0-2, Jake Hough 0-2, Charlie Tunsted 0-1
St Pats Scorers:Kobe George 1-2, Bruno Benoit 0-2, Charlie Newton 1-0
Man of The Match – Aidan Clarke. Big powerful and talented player. Made his size count but it was his ability to score that set him apart in great display