A 35 yard screamer from skipper Connor O’Donnell earned Carn CS their first ever All Ireland boys title in a real ding dong decider against Connacht Champions Calasantius College on the lush pastures of the Sligo Showgrounds this afternoon, writes Johnny Craig.
O’Donnell’s freekick came at the end of a first half where Carn had the better of the chances with the pace of lone striker Keenan Callaghan proving a real problem for the Oranmore school’s back four.
In fact, Callaghan could have had a hatrick in the first half as he got in behind the Oranmore rearguard on three separate occasions but he was twice denied by point blank Mark Greaney saves while he also fired wide from a good position.
Calasanctius had overcome pre tournament favourites De La Salle Waterford to reach the final and they proved their quality in the second half as the mazy runs of Ronan Manning standing out in attack.
The Inishowen school’s defence, well marshaled at centrehalf by O’Donnell and Mickey Friel, soaked up the pressure well however and, with Corey McBride and Pearse McCarron breaking on the flanks, they counter attacked well.
The final whistle was greeted by emotional celebrations for Carn who have won girls titles in the past but have achieved a significant breakthrough with this their first boys title.
Final score Carn CS 1 Calasanctius College 0
Carndonagh Community School: Daniel McCallion, Nathan Mc Kinney, Lee McLaughlin, Mikey Friel, Conor O'Donnell, Jake Harkin, Corey McBride, Ciaran Farren, Keenan Callaghan, Patrick O'Donnell, Pearse McCarron
Subs: Jordan McLaughlin, Jack McLaughlin, Joe McGonagle, Aidan Cunningham, Emmet Diver, Conor Doherty, Joseph O'Connor
Teacher: Liam Monagle
Calasanctius College, Oranmore: Mark Greaney, Jack Morrissey, Ronan Hanniffy, Cillian Doyle (Captain), Adam Rooney, Sean Courtney, Sean Delaney, Oisin Lyons, Conor Loughran, Ronan Manning, Oisin Smyth
Subs: Cillian McCarthy, Eoghan McDonagh, Anjorin Adeeko, Jack McHugh, Rory Carberry, Ryan Flanagan, Thomas Heraghty, Hugh Moylan, Niall McDermott, Sean O'Donovan
Teacher: Ruth Broderick, Coach: Noel Greaney
Referee: Richard Barry (Sligo)
Exclusive report and reaction from Wednesday's final in next week's Inish Times.
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