Colaiste Iosagain battled their way through to the next round of the Leinster Colleges SFC on Monday afternoon after they withstood a second half onslaught from Marist Athlone in Portarlington.
Leinster Colleges SF A Championship
Colaiste Iosagain 0-10
Marist Athlone 1-4
Colaiste Iosagain Eoin Finlay 0-4 (all frees), Peter Cunningham (free), Rory Galvin, Kevin McGrath 0-2 each
Marist Athlone: Alan Coffey 0-4 (two frees), Aaron Curley 1-0
By Rory Delaney
The game should never really have been this close, as Port dominated the first half and deservedly lead by six points at the break, 0-7 to 0-1.
They pushed that lead out to seven early in the second half, but complacency seemed to settled in after that, and when they were reduced to 14 men with 12 minutes remaining, the home side were forced to play out a nervy end to the game.
Rory Galvin gave Portarlington an ideal start, pointing from close range, before Eoin Finlay added another point from a free moments later. Athlone were struggling at the other end of the field, particularly from placed balls, as they tried four different free takers in the first half.
Their only scorer was corner-forward Alan Coffey, from a free, as Port' kicked on and lead by six at the break.
Kevin McGrath extended that to seven early in the second half, but Athlone slowly worked their way back into the game, and they were given a boost when John Hyland was sent off on a second yellow card.
Despite that, Colaiste Iosagain could have put the game beyond doubt with ten minutes to go when they were awarded a penalty, but Peter Cunningham's effort flew over the bar.
Athlone were then awarded a penalty, but Alan Coffey dragged his effort wide, as both sides struggled to stamp their authority on the game.
Athlone put the cat amongst the pigeons with seven minutes to go, however, when Aaron Curley fisted a long ball to the net, but the second goal they needed was denied to them by an excellent last ditch saving tackle from Ciaran McManus, which prevented a certain goal. Colaiste Iosagain steadied themselves after that, and late free from Eoin Finlay helped them to a deserved win, with Dundalk Schools up next.
Colaiste Iosagain: Thomas Brereton; Ross Doyle, Hayden Weldon, John Hyland; Dean Barron, Brian Crombie, Shane McGrath; Peter Cunningham, Keith Bracken; Rory Galvin, Kevin McGrath, Richie Reynolds; Shane Lawless, Eoin Finlay, Shane McAuley. Subs: Ciaran McManus for Doyle (25 - injured)
Marist Athlone: Lee Moran; Eoin Maher, Justin Barrett, TJ Fox; Glenn Costello, Stephen Furey, Cathal Tighe; Conor Seery, Robbie Henshaw; Adrian Gleeson, Eoin Monaghan, Brian Gill; Alan Coffey, Aaron Curley, Alex Gardiner. Subs: Seanie Byrne for Gardiner (47), Niall McInerney for Costello (47), Andy O'Sullivan for Furey (51)
Referee: Noel Cooney (Offaly)