Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football Finals Day 2012
Congratulations to all 22 participating teams who competed in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Finals Day on Saturday 16th June. A high standard of football in every game was on display which is a testament to the pupils and schools hard work and dedication all year, well done! Team photos can be purchased directly from the photographer, Brian Farrell (087 9828412) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Committee would like to extend a big thank you to participants, parents, supporters, Markievicz Park, Pat Conway and the referees and all those who helped out on the day.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Finals Day Round-up
Once again, Markievicz Park, Sligo, was a hive of activity as 22 teams from around the county battled it out to win a county football title for their school. A large crowd of parents, pupils and teachers from across the county attended the finals which were keenly and sportingly contested.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 2 Teacher Mixed Final
Cloonloo V Kilrusheighter
This 7 – a side match was entertaining with super skills displayed by both sides. Kilrusheighter opened the scoring in the 2nd minute with a score from James Weir and this was soon followed by a great point from their star forward Rachel O’ Brien. Cloonloo’s Cody Gardner showed skills by going on a run and sending the ball flying over the bar. He was backed up with help from Adam O’Dowd-Hayden and Diarmuid Conway. Cloonloo’s goalkeeper Eoin Dowd was kept busy and worked hard at minding his net. Kilrusheighter fought hard and points were scored by Noah O’Kane and Rachel O’ Brien helped by playmakers Shane O’Brien and Claire Dunne.
Cloonloo started the second half brightly and their prolific forwards Adam O’Dowd-Hayden, Cody Gardner did their best to close the gap. A score from Gerard Conway gave Cloonloo hope of a comeback but Kilrusheighter were just too strong. Kieran Twydell and and Edel Dunne worked tirelessly and Kilrusheighter ran out clear winners 13 – 4.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 2 Teacher Girls Final
Banada V Templeboy
Both Banada and Templeboy were off to a great start in the final of the 2 Teacher Girls Final. There was short accurate passing and great defending from both teams making the opening few minutes exciting and tense. Crona Kildunne from Banada went on attack for the opening score but the ball was caught and saved by Templeboy’s goalie Shona Lang. Templeboy ran strongly up the field with Aine Finnegan scoring the opening point. There were great scores by Katie Lang, Leah Kelly and Aine Finnegan for Templeboy. Banada responded well and scores from Crona Kildunne and Bronagh Mulgrew left the game all to play for in the second half.
The second half opened with both teams showing their skills and determination. Templeboy’s confidence grew throughout this half with magnificent scoring. Siobhan Clarke putting her mark on the game scoring four points. Banada fought back courageously and played tremendously throughout the game but on the day the Templeboy team were the valiant winners.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 3 Teacher boys Final
Maugherow V Bunninnadden
The 9 aside match was tensely fought and just one score separated the teams at the final whistle. Bunninnadden started very well and got scores from Barry Cafferky, Conor Murray and Oisin Gorman. Some great defending from Matthew Clavin kept Maugherow at bay in the opening minutes but the got their name on the scoreboard with when their hardworking captain Oliver White popped a few over the bar. Matthew Whitehead, Denis Barrow-Samson and Evan Currid endeavoured to keep Bunninnadden at bay but at half time the green and whites led by 5 – 2.
This was certainly a game of two halves as Maugherow were fighting to get their name on the cup. Scores from Oliver White, Caoileann Carty, Liam Lenehan and Evan Currid saw them right back in the game . Finn Callan worked tirelessly and although Bunninnadden kept in touch with scores from Colm Doddy, Keith Frain, Oisin Gorman and Barry Cafferky, this was anyone’s game. Maugherow levelled the game with a minute to go with a fine free from Oliver White. However it was not to be their day as Bunninnadden won a free and it was sent over the bar by Jack Whitehead.
Final score Maugherow 12 Bunninnadden 13.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 4/5 Teacher Girls Final
Geevagh V Highpark
This game got off to a fantastic start with both teams displaying excellent skill and energy. Geevagh displayed excellent leadership from their two midfielders and Geevagh opened up the scoreboard with an excellent point from Shauna Cullen in the ninth minute. Both teams had excellent scoring chances and Geevagh continued with their lead with two more points from Nora O’ Reilly and Marie Mc Donagh. Highpark responded with an excellent score from Louise Mahon that was set up by Eimear Kearins. Score at half time was Geevagh 4 and Highpark 3.
Geevagh dominated the first few minutes of the second half of the game with scores from Sinead Mohan, Nora O’Reilly, Kristy Cullen, Shauna Cullen, Marie Mc Donagh and Rachel Gaffney. However Highpark responded with two excellent points from Lauren Cadden and Tara Reilly. Both teams showed great determination and skill on the day. However, Geevagh were the stronger team on the day.
Final score was Geevagh 11 and Highpark 3
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 2 Teacher Boys Final.
Banada V Killeenduff
This game started at a whirlwind pace with both teams playing with great skill and determination.As the first half wore on Killeenduff began to exert more control with excellent points from Keelan Kilrehill and Andrew Kilcullen and Rory McHugh. In the second half Owen Walsh and Thomas Lundy amongst others got fine points for Banada, while Killeenduff scored a tremendous goal after a passing move the length of the pitch.The final score in this final was Killeenduff 20 pts to Banadas 6 pts.Best for Killeenduff were Keelan Kilrehill,Andrew Kilcullen and Rory Mc Hugh,and for Banada were Rian Walsh,Ben Tracey and Thomas Lundy.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 3 Teacher girls
Kilglass V Carn
This game started at a rapid rate with Kilglass getting two points from Lauren Fitzgerald and Kristina Fitzgerald in the opening three minutes. Both teams worked hard creating lots of scoring chances. Kilglass worked hard but Carn’s defense ensured that their scoring opportunities weren’t converted to the scoreboard. Carn responded with three excellent points from Megan Mc Cormack. In the seventh minute Carn were extremely unlucky to have a goal denied by an excellent save from Rebecca Battle As we approached half time the pace of the games had increased with both teams displaying excellent football skills. Kilglass had excellent scores from Heather O Regan and Lauren Fitzgerald. Score at half time was Kilglass 5 and Carn 3.
Carn dominated the first few minutes of the second half with fantastic scores from Cara Taheny and Megan Mc Cormack. However Kilglass proved to be the stronger team, finishing with wonderful scores from Lauren Fitzgerald, Kristina Fitzgerald and Sarah Bourke.
Final score was Kilglass 9 and Carn 5.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 4/5 Teacher Boys
Culfadda V Highpark
This was a tightly contested final between two teams who played with great energy and no little skill. Highpark got great scores in the first half especially from Shane Mooney.Culfadda got a fine score from Michael Conlon after a freeflowing move.Some tremendous point scoring was evident throughout this match.
In the second half both sides traded scores and showed great determination.The final score was Highpark 20 to Culfaddas 8.Best for HighPark were Shane Mooney,Luke Kielty and Donnacha Byrne,while best for Culfadda were Donnacha Byrne,Luke Kielty and Michael Conlon.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 8+ Teacher Girls
Ballymote V Grange
This was an extremely tight match from the offset with great displays of skill by both sides. Ballymote took the lead initially with some great scores by Lisa McGrath but this was counteracted by fines scores from Grange’s Lisa Flynn and Gemma Lockhart. Grange took a narrow lead into half time with a scoreline of 4-3.
The second half got off to a great start with a lovely score by Ballymote’s Katie Anderson. Ballymote continued their good run with a great score by Edel Rafferty. Grange were unlucky as an awkward bounce led to a Ballymote score. Not disheartened, Grange responded with a fabulous score taken by Amy Hyndman. This was soon followed by another fine score by Grange’s Gemma Lockhart. Both defences had to work hard to prevent any further scores as this match ended in a draw on a scoreline of 6-6. The date for the replay had yet to be confirmed.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 6/7 Teacher Girls Final
The Gaelscoil met Collooney in the 6/7 teacher girls final. This was a closely contested game from the very start with both teams displaying great skill and determination from the beginning.
Collooney were first to get a score on the board with a point from Nichola Doyle. Gaelscoil quickly responded with scores from Carol-Aine Ní Mhuineacháin and Ruth Monaghan. The Gaelscoil put the Collooney defence under tough pressure for the next few minutes with well taken goals from Ruth Ní Chinnéide and Clár Ní Chianaigh. It was all to play for in the second half with very little between the teams at 6-3.
It was Collooney who were first to register a score with a brilliant goal directly after the throw in. Gaelscoil’s forwards Ruth Ní Mhuineacháin and Ruth Ní Chinnéide showed great skill with excellent scores from play.Collooney’s Nichola Doyle pointed a long distance score to make it 8-5. Further scores from Ruth Ní Chinnéide, Ruth Monaghan and Nichola Doyle left the score at the final whistle 10-8.
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 8+ Teacher Boys
Calry V Grange
It was a highly contested match between Grange NS & Calry NS. The game got off to a flying start with a couple of fine scores between Ruadhan Feeney and Aaron Currid for Grange. Some excellent forward play by Calry resulted in 2 great points in reply. Some great defence by Michael Kerins and Oisin Brady kept Calry at bay. Conor Feighney worked tirelessly in the middle of the field. Half time sore; Grange 6 – Calry 5.
Colm McBrien opened the score in the second half for Grange, but was cancelled out by a Calry free by Dermot McLouhglin. More scores followed by the pacey Dion Langan but Conall Stenson replied again for Calry. The elusive Aaron Currid increased Grange’s lead but Brian Cox replied with another free for Calry. The Grange substitute Noel Burke got his name on the score sheet. Grange could have extended their lead even more, only for a great save by Calry goalkeeper Brian Flanagan.
Grange remained on the attack and a long ball into the box by Conan Feighney resulted in another save from Flanagan but Aaron Currid reacted quickest and palmed the ball into the back of the net. Grange were not to be denied. Further scores from Feeney, Currid and Feighney seized the win for Grange.
Final score: Grange 14 – Calry 10
Allianz Cumann na mBunscol 6/7 Teacher Boys
Tubbercurry V Ransboro
This was the last match of the day and provided great entertainment for all the supporters and mentors. Both teams showed great skill and determination and fought bravely for every kick and bounce of the ball. From first throw in of the ball the teams demonstrated a high level of skill and fluency in gaelic football. Tubbercurry were controlled in midfield by Conall Ryan who settled comfortably into his game and scored 6 points from play while also supporting his team mates. Conor Burke opened the scoring for Ransboro and worked tirelessly during the game. Stephen Patton worked hard in defence to support his team – valiantly saving a goal on the line. Tubbercurry trio of Sean Kerrigan, Conall Ryan and Liam Kerrigan interlinked well together to work scores from play from Ryan. Seamaidh Coggeran worked well to earn his team a point. Ryan Smith earned a point for Ransboro. Paddy McDermott showed great defensive play for Ransboro.
As the match moved into the second half Ransboro settled quickly into the game and Conor Burke opened the second half tally with a fine goal. Good work by the goal keeper, Niall McDermott kept the scoring low in the second half. The Tubbercurry goalkeeper Sean Byrne also had a great game saving many a goal and rebound on the line. Both teams were evenly balanced in second half with many a strong battle in defence and in the midfield to keep scoring lower in second half. When final whistle blew Tubbercurry were deserved winners after a strong performance. Ransboro are highly commended for their hard work and effort and their fair play in giving every player a game.
The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Place Kicking Development Competition provided an opportunity to showcase the county’s best place kickers. Each finalist had to kick the ball over the bar from 6 different positions and distances. There was an excellent display of skill and accuracy from all finalists.
1st: Aaron Currid (Grange NS)
2nd Conall Ryan (Tubbercurry NS)
3rd Paul Towey (Moylough NS)
1st: Sorcha Codd (Kilross NS)
2nd: Tammy McGuinn (St. John’s NS)
3rd: Sinead Mohan (Geevagh NS)
4th: Ciara O’Dowd (Bunninadden NS) and Tara Carty (Cloonacool NS)