MATCH REPORT: Edenderry's Scoil Bhride edge epic battle to claim Cumann na mBunscol title

It was a fiercely contested game from the first minute

Justin Kelly

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MATCH REPORT: Edenderry's Scoil Bhride edge epic battle to claim Cumann na mBunscol title

MATCH REPORT: Edenderry's Scoil Bhride edge epic battle to claim Cumann na mBunscol title

4:45 pm (Wednesday, May 16) - Boys Football Group A Final Mucklagh N.S. Vs Scoil Bhride Edenderry

Mucklagh N.S 0-8

Scoil Bhride, Edenderry 1-7

Mucklagh enjoyed the ideal start here thanks to a brace of frees from powerhouse Cian Buckley but as Edenderry's Jake Mooney grew into the game and got to grips with the Mucklagh dangerman, his team settled into a good rhythm.

Sodiq Ogunse got a good point before Buckley fired over two more to put Mucklagh into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead. Scoil Bhride then cut the deficit thanks to James Lynch but Luke Guinan kept the Mucklagh lads in a comfortable lead.

The Edenderry team were continually growing in confidence and stature around the middle and it was good work from Jake Mooney that led to Tom Bergin burying their opening goal. The Reds were buoyed by that goal and followed it with a pair of points from Ogunse and Mooney himself getting on the scoresheet.

Mucklagh, however, finished with two points from Peter Feeley in the last five minutes of the half, and with goals worth just two points, they went in at half-time with a 0-7 to 1-4 lead.

The second period was a real arm wrestle but as Mucklagh's shooting seemed to go astray, Edenderry, under the guidance of former Offaly defender Niall Spain, held their nerve and controlled the pace in midfield.

They levelled the game early in the half through Jake Mooney and five minutes later they hit the front thanks to another point from Sodiq Ogunse. As a tense atmosphere filled O'Connor Park, recognition of such a close battle, Mucklagh drew themselves level again thanks to a Peter Feeley free.

On 35 minutes, James Lynch edged Scoil Bhride back into the lead and a real duel for the remainder of the game saw some great tackling and some wayward shooting, but Edenderry ultimately held their nerve to claim a narrow 1-7 to 0-8 victory.

Teams and Scorers:

Mucklagh NS: Shane Galvin, Felim Moran, Jamie Buckley, Dara Bates, Eoghan Meacle, David O Rourke, Cian Buckley (0-4), Dara Bryant, Luke Guinan (0-1), Evan Larkin, Eoghan Neville, Peter Feeley (0-3), Alex Carroll

Subs: Mark Holton, Brooke Healion, Cillian Twomey, Joe Keenaghan, Cathal Moran, Louis Ritchie, Kieran Monaghan

Scoil Bhríde, Edenderry: Aaron Kennedy, Bobby Mooney, Iarfhlaith Killally, Ben Sweeney Noonan, Enda O’Donohue, Harry Goulding, Cillian Lowry, Jake Mooney (0-2) 9. James Lynch (0-2), Cathal Nolan, Craig Mitchie, Kaylem Byran, Tom Bergin (1-0)

Subs: Shane Hickey, TJ Dunne, Luke Behan, Shane Mason, Dylan Gorman, Cillian Doyle, Tiernan O’Connell, Matthew Loughrey, Sodiq Ogunse (0-3), Eoghan Sheridan, Luke Sweeney Noonan, Conor O’Brien, Aaron McGuire, Joshua McGlade, Brandon Glynn, Jake Hand, Christian White.