By Louise Browne
LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE added more silverware to their already bulging cabinet with back to back wins in the Minor and Intermediate football finals. While Colaiste Dhulaigh denied Larkin the treble with an impressive display to capture the Junior title at last week’s CDETB Football finals held at Plunket College in Whitehall.
MINOR PERPETUAL CUP FINAL
LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE 4-10
KYLEMORE COLLEGE 2-9
AFTER EXTRA TIME
In the game of the day Larkin had to pull out all the stops in the minor final to beat Kylemore College 4-10 2-9 after extra time. Kylemore had one hand on the cup leading 2-8 2-5 deep into injury time before Cameron Ledwidge found the net for Larkin to take the game into extra time.
Three points on the bounce from Larkin’s Dylan O’Neill, a fine effort from Brandon Daly and 1-1 from Ledwidge after the restart sealed the win for Larkin despite some excellent scores earlier in the game from Kylemore’s Cezar Valentine Murativ, Luke Murtagh, Brian Coombe and Calum Ennis.
Larkin put in a strong first half performance with Thomas Murphy scoring Larkin’s opening point from play in the fourth minute before Ledwidge found the net for the opening goal of the game midway through the half.
Back to back scores from Ledwidge and O’Neill, who finished the game with 2-4 to his name, saw the North Inner city school take a 1-3 0-2 advantage into the break.
Kylemore flew out of the blocks scoring 2-1 without reply after the turnaround with goals from Brian Coombe and Calum Ennis to level the match at 2-3 2-3 apiece. Excellent play and scores from Murativ and Murtagh gave Kylemore a comprehensive five point lead 2-8 2-3 in the final quarter.
Points from O’Neill and Aaron McElliot threw Larkin a lifeline with two minutes left on the clock before Ledwidge’s free in injury time found its way into the Kylemore net with the last kick of the game to take the game to extra time.
INTERMEDIATE PERPETUAL CUP FINAL
LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2-11
COLAISTE DHULAIGH 2-3
An inspired display from Larkin’s Robbie McCabe, who scored eight points, a goal apiece from Conor Lawlor and Austin Lynch and scores from Anthony Hand and Sean Gorman handed Larkin the Intermediate Perpetual Cup with a 2-11 2-3 win against Colaiste Dhulaigh.
McCabe scored two super frees to help Larkin to a three point lead inside ten minutes of play. Anthony Meehan found the target, with the first of his three points from the placed ball, for Dhulaigh.
Larkin’s response to Meehan’s effort was swift with a point from Hand and Lawlor’s well taken goal to extend their lead 1-4 0-2 at the interval, despite Meehan’s fine effort for Dhulaigh on the stroke of half time.
Dhulaigh cut the deficit to two after the restart when Philip Murphy raised the green flag after Dale Forrester’s pass set up Murphy. Larkin, responded, by putting in their best spell of the game with an unanswered 1-5 with McCabe leading the charge.
Gorman set the ball in motion; McCabe added another four points either side of Lynch’s goal. Karl Gibbons got Dhulaigh’s second goal while Meehan scored his third point of the day. But nothing could take away from a deserved win for Larkin with a point apiece from McCabe and Darragh Keely sealing the win.
JUNIOR PERPETUAL CUP FINAL
COLAISTE DHULAIGH 4-9
LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3-3
In the Junior decider Colaiste Dhulaigh got their revenge over Larkin with an imposing 4-9 3-3 win. Jordan Darling led the charge for Dhulaigh scoring 1-3 alongside Michael Tyrell’s 1-1 and further goals from Joe Joe McDonald and Sean Tyrell.
Dhulaigh raced into a 1-3 0-0 lead in the first quarter courtesy of McDonald splitting the posts, a well executed penalty from Darling and further scores from Tyrell and Darling. Larkin hit back with a point from Conor Piggot and a goal from Jordan Fox.
But it was Dhulaigh, and Tyrell’s second goal, that saw the Coolock College go into the break with a healthy seven point advantage 2-5 1-1. Both sides traded goals from Sean Tyrell of Dhulaigh and Larkin’s Dylan Dolan at the start of the second half.
Larkin’s goalkeeper Marcus Strimbu pulled of some fine saves throughout the game and when Dylan Kelly found the net for Larkin the score was cut to four between the sides.
But Dhulaigh lifted their game again killing off any chance of a comeback from Larkin with back to back scores from the outstanding Darling, a McDonald goal – Dhulaigh’s fourth of the day – and a point apiece from Dylan McGuigan and Thani Hand.
SENIOR GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL BLITZ FINAL
INCHICORE COLLEGE 3-13
CRUMLIN COLLEGE 4-0
In the Senior Girls Gaelic Football Blitz, held on the opposite side of the city at the CDETB Sport Grounds in Terenure, Inchicore College overcame Crumlin College 3-13 4-0 in the final.
Ciara Smyth was exceptional throughout the day and was deservedly awarded the Player of the Tournament alongside excellent play from Smyth’s colleagues Aisling Pyke and Kelly Hamilton saw the Southside College lift the Cup.