Congratulations to the Junior As who beat Our Ladies Grove 2- 1 yesterday in UCD and are now in the Plate Final on
Thursday 14th March. Goals were scored by Laura Hannon and Louise Scully but credit is due to the whole squad who played their part in the success.
LEINSTER SCHOOLS CUPS
Its a big week ahead for our two Cup rugby teamsas they are both in action. The long awaited Senior Cup semi-final takes place on Tuesday in Donnybrook against St Michael’s at 4pm while on Wednesday the Juniors replay their quarter-final against St Gerard’s at 2:30. The very best of luck to both teams.
Newbridge College 8 –St Gerard’s Bray 8
St Gerrard’s Bray snatched a late late equalising try to bring this quarter final to a replay.
Newbridge started much the brighter team. Breaks from Tom Berney, David Murphy and captain Tom O Neill looked to have set Newbridge up for some early tries but the chances were wasted. Gavin Burke did slot over a penalty to give Newbridge a 3-0 lead.
Newbridge continued to pile on the pressure but could not find the try that would have settled any nerves. Good play in midfield from David Murphy and Johnny Deane meant that Gerrards’s remained on the back foot but the decisive try never came. Hooker Daniel Murphy was sent to the line for a high tackle and this allowed Gerrard’s more breathing room in the game. This did lead to a Gerrard’s penalty and a score in first half injury time.
Murphy returned to the pitch a minute into the second half but just as Newbridge were again building momentum they lost their Number 10 Tom Berney for not releasing the ball on the ground. The contentious decision seemed to inspire the Newbridge team as great work from Colm Stapleton and Thomas Flynn sent winger Gavin Burke over in the corner.
Newbridge never added to the score board again. This was to prove costly as, just in the first half, Bray scored deep in injury time to send the game to a replay. Best on the day from Newbridge were Thomas Flynn, Tom O Neill and Man of the Match Gavin Burke.
League semi-finals. Mount Sackville v Newbridge Junior A
A lot was riding on the outcome of this game for the Newbridge Junior team. To date no junior team has yet made it to a Junior league final. It was no surprise that the girls started a little nervously, initially struggling to impose themselves on the opposition and playing their usual solid passing game. Mt Sackville threatened first, narrowly failing to capitalise on some poor defensive marking. Unfortunately Newbridge failed to heed the warning and allowed the Mt Sackville attack to slip through again and score a soft goal.
Newbridge regrouped and poured forward in search of an equaliser, with Caoimhe Murphy, Louise Scully and Rachel McMullen all testing the keeper with decent shots, which to be fair were all brilliantly saved. Newbridge also had about 6 short corners in the first half, underlying their utter dominance of possession, Laura Hannon going closest with a powerful shot from the top of the circle. However the score stubbornly remained 1-0 to the home team. The 2nd half was once again dominated by Newbridge and Louise Scully scored with a superb shot that flew into the bottom left hand corner. Relief all round. Unfortunately despite plenty of possession for the rest of the game the Newbridge girls didn’t really create too many clear cut chances after that. Likewise with Mt Sackville who were completely devoid of attacking ideas and certainly didn’t trouble Hannah Begley on goal for rest of the match. The game frustratingly went to extra time of 5 minute a half and try as newbridge might they couldn’t find the winner. Emma O’Neill going closest with a superb solo break from midfield.
Penalties arrived. Emma O’Neill, Caoimhe Murphy, Louise Scully, Rachel Hannon and Nessa Briody bravely accepted the responsibility. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be our day and these Newbridge girls suffered their 3rd penalty defeat in two seasons losing 4-2. An agonising and painful defeat with possession stats of 80% yet somehow contrived to lose this game. The Ireland v Scotland rugby game the previous Sunday comes to mind.
With the Junior Plate semi-final to be played later this week (Thursday) hopefully the girls will learn from this defeat and take some revenge out on their next opponents. Fingers crossed, they certainly deserve a break.
Junior Plate quarter finals: St. Joseph’s Killiney v Newbridge Junior A
The Newbridge Junior A team arrived in Newpark primed and ready for action. From the opening whistle they took charge of the game against a much fancied St. Joseph’s side. Caoimhe Murphy and Louise Scully made plenty of powerful and incisive runs into their circle, putting their defence under tremendous pressure. Orna Mahon was commanding at left back and constantly linked up with Roisin Crowe and Emma O’Neill in midfield. Lucy Stapleton was equally effective right back cutting out numerous attacks and in turn launching most of Newbridge’s attack’s from inside their own half. Caoimhe Murphy scored a superb opener for Newbridge in the 1st ten minutes and the team could have scored a few more if it wasn’t for decent defending by the Killiney girls. With half time approaching Killiney somehow unlocked the Newbridge defence with a well taken goal at the back posted, catching Hannah Begley slightly unawares.
This actually made the half time team talk a lot easier for Mr Falvey and Gavin Groves. No time for complacency and the girls to their credit refocused immediately. They started the 2nd half in exactly in the same manner. The game ebbed and flowed as both teams played some decent hockey. The decisive moment arrived 5 minutes from time. Newbridge won a short corner, which was pushed out perfectly by Roisin Crowe. The initial shot from Laura Hannon was blocked and 2 or 3 newbridge players calmly passed the ball around inside the circle until Laura pushed it firmly into the bottom corner. The girls comfortably played down the clock for the remaining few minutes and were deserving winners.
The First year B team were drawn against Loreto Bray, in the quarterfinals of the B league. Having won all of their previous games the girls were facing stiff opposition from the Bray team, who had also won all of their matches.
From tip off, it was clear that the College girls had the beating of their opponents, but scoring was the problem. Loreto packed their penalty area with defenders and repelled every Newbridge attack, their keeper had little to do as their stronger players were in defence. Loreto did not spend any time in the College half and Roisin McConnon with Ellen Enright, Robyn Aitken and Sarah Jennings kept them at bay. Up front, the midfield of Aimee McGrath, Sorcha Gilman and Amy Carroll were superb, their energy, effort and skill kept Loreto defending and they delivered the ball to the forwards but to no avail, Gemma Cox, Kate Hyland tried from every angle, Alex Leahy Aisling Phelan and Rebecca Troy also threatened.
In the second half, Newbridge got some penalty corners but again Loreto kept them out.
Extra time and still no goals, so to the penalty shoot out. Millie Ahearn O'Donnell was in goal for the first time for this team, facing the one on one format, where the attacker has eight seconds to score from the 23m line, she was beaten by the pace of the first Loreto players who went 2-0 up before Kate slotted a super goal, Millie made a super save before Roisin again hit the back board, another great save and it was 2-2 with one each to go, Gemma went first and scored, so down to Millie who forced the Loreto girl wide, only to hit the post. A thoroughly deserved win, and on to the semifinal, they will give a good account of themselves who ever they play against.
The very best of luck to our golf team of Eoin O’Hehir, Robert McGrattan-Brazill, Conor Delahunty, Oisin Mahon and Conor J. Doyle who are playing in the Leinster Senior Golf Championship final on Monday against Malahide. This is the first time that we have reached the final of this prestigous competition and we wish the boys all in the final.