Scoil Dara, Kilcock: 1-9
Colaiste Choilm: 0-5
Just one point in the second half ensured Tullamore?s Colaiste Choilm were sent packing from the North Leinster Schools Senior Football B Championship in Kilcock last Wednesday afternoon.
It looked highly likely that the Tullamore school would not score for the duration of the final half but a late, late point from midfield man Johnny Maloney somewhat saved their blushes against the home side, Scoil Dara, Kilcock.
Indeed, the Tullamore school actually led at the interval (0-4 to 0-3) but a goal from Scoil Dara?s Brian Thornton 15 minutes into the second half completely changed the nature of this first round encounter. Thereafter the home side tagged on a further four points to run out comfortable seven-point winners.
The first period was an evenly matched contest but scoring was low. Scoil Dara perhaps had more of the chances but their shooting left a lot to be desired, while Colaiste Choilm also let too many chances go abegging.
Colaiste Choilm failed to show up for the final half and their opponents simply took control, didn?t let the Tullamore team attack and sealed victory with relative ease in the end.
The home side struck first with just 30 seconds on the clock when Dean Hendrick fired over after Colaiste Choilm centre-back Cian O?Sullivan conceded possession.
Colaiste Choilm were quick to respond when Shane Mangan was impeded and Paul O?Rourke converted the resulting free kick. Indeed, by the fourth minute, Colaiste Choilm hit the front when Paul McNiff?s pass picked out Johnny Maloney and he raised a white flag to leave the score of 0-2 to 0-1.
Scoil Dara let two good scoring chances pass but, by the seventh minute, they were back level terms when a super pass from Morrison Silke picked out Luke Duffy and he duly delivered the point.
The home side then took over the lead, but it was the Offaly school who had the advantage at the interlude. They levelled proceedings with six minutes of the half remaining thanks to a fine point from Brian Hogan, while a late score from a free from the boot of O?Rourke left the half-time score at 0-4 to 0-3.
That was as good as it got for Colaiste Choilm and in fact they went a whopping 35 minutes without another score. In contrast, the opposition took the game by the scruff of the neck, first drawing level and then taking the lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
The levelled things up five minutes into the final half when Morrison Silke fired over a free after David Larkin was fouled. The same player gave them the lead (0-5 to 0-4) almost ten minutes later, just before they grabbed the goal that changed this encounter completely.
The game?s one and only goal came in the 45th minute when a fine move caught the Colaiste Choilm rearguard napping. The move was started by Sean Dalton, who picked out John Kelly and he handed possession to Brian Thornton, who finished to the net in style to leave the scoreboard reading 1-5 to 0-4.
Three quick scores followed - courtesy of Dean Hendrick, Sean Dalton and Brian Thornton - which left Scoil Dara firmly in the driving seat (1-8 to 0-4).
They managed to add on another before the final whistle and so too did Colaiste Choilm, 35 minutes after their last, when Johnny Maloney raised a white flag four minutes into stoppage time.
Scorers: Brian Thornton 1-1, Morrison Silke 0-3 (2f), Dean Brennan 0-1, Luke Duffy 0-1, Dean Hendrick 0-1, Sean Dalton 0-1, Niall Conlon 0-1.
Colaiste Choilm: Paul O?Rourke 0-2 (2f), Johnny Maloney 0-2, Brian Hogan 0-1.
Scoil Dara, Kilcock: Martin Larkin; William Ryan, William Hannon, Jason Maguire; Patrick McGrath, Justin Ennis, James Towell; Morrison Silke, John Kelly; Sean Dalton, David Larkin, Dean Hendrick; Dean Brennan, Brian Thornton, Luke Duffy. Subs: Darren Byrne replaced L Duffy 41 mins, Niall Conlon replaced B Thornton 55 mins.
Colaiste Choilm: Gavin Sheil; Michael Brazil, Daryl Kilroe, James Brophill; Danny English, Cian O?Sullivan, Mark Hughes; Johnny Maloney, Alan Reynolds; Paul O?Rourke, Shane Mangan, David Carroll; Martin Lowry, Paul McNiff, Brian Hogan. Subs: Alan McEvoy replaced D English 20 mins, Paddy Farrelly replaced M Hughes 37 mins, Gary Buckley replaced M Lowry.
Referee: Alan Lagrue (Kildare).