Roscommon Colleges Senior Football Final: CBS Roscommon 3-16 Colaiste Chiarain Athlone 5-2
An impressive Roscommon CBS team were the masters in this Roscommon second level schools football final which was played in torrential rain at Ballyforan on Wednesday afternoon. Parading a number of the successful Roscommon U-17 county team, CBS dominated the game but as they look ahead to the colleges football season they will be perplexed at having conceeded four goals in the final ten minutes of play. In fairness to Colaiste Chiarain they never gave up and they were rewarded late on.
The weather could not have been much worse for the players as the rain bucketed down, and CBS had a goal on the board within 40 seconds when Peter Gillooly was on target. A series of well-taken points saw the Roscommon town school forge ahead. Darragh Walsh was inspirational at centre half-forward and with Sean Hanly, Diarmuid Collins, Shane Purcell and Peter Gillooly very sharp, they led 1-8 to 0-1 by the 28th minute. But a minute before the break a high ball was flicked to the CBS net by Niall Murray and at half-time it was CBS 1-9 Colaiste Chiarain 1-1.
In the third quarter CBS added 1-4 without reply with Shane Purcell flicking home Darragh Walsh’s pass for a second goal in the 46th minute as his side led by 2-13 to 1-1.
Whether it was that the CBS eased up or simply lost their way, Colaiste Chiarain found a momentum and they struck some great goals towards the end of the game. Callum O’Brien scored two goals within a minute to reduce the margin to ten (2-14 to 3-1) by the 54th minute.
Darragh Walsh’s free lifted the siege, but only momentarily, as Dylan Sumner and Niall Murray were both on target with further goals for the Athlone lads as the CBS defence wobbled under pressure. When sub CF McGowan scored another Colaiste Chiarain point in the 59th minute the margin was incredibly down to four (2-15 to 5-2).
But the CBS steadied themselves and finished well with a point from sub Liam Ormsby and a brilliant goal from ‘man of the match’ Darragh Walsh.
All credit to the players on both sides for their effort, to referee Declan Hunt, and to the St. Aidan’s club for staging the game in such terrible conditions.
Roscommon CBS: Cormac Miley, Dylan Horan, John Martin, Ethan Connaughton (0-1); Cian Murray (0-2), Sean Hanly, Brian O’Malley; Daire Byrne, Patrick Fannon; Diarmuid Collins (0-2), Darragh Walsh (1-6 ,4 frees), Jason Hoare; Peter Gillooly (1-2), Shane Purcell (1-1), Ciaran Lawless (0-1) . Subs: Jack Lohan for Hoare (7), Albert Looby for Fannon (19), Liam Ormsby (0-1) for Collins (46), Thomas Hanly for Purcell (52), James Fitzpatrick for Murray (55).
Colaiste Chiarain Athlone: Sean Seery; Adam Harney, James Finlass, Reece Moran; Eamon Harney, Paul McManus, Sean Ryan; Darragh Murray, Dylan Sumner (1-0); Dean Reynolds, Niall Murray (2-1) , Luke Kelly; Neil Walker, Callum O’Brien (2-1), Robbie Hardiman. Subs: Keith Fallon for Walker (40), Mark Gannon for Reynolds (54), Joe Duignan for E Harney (54), CF McGowan (0-1) for Hardiman (57).
Referee: Declan Hunt